After another blowout where the Eagles scored 30+ points for the 5th straight game, Philadelphia now travels across the country to take on the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is a bit banged up with key players on both sides of the ball missing, yet still finds themselves in the playoff hunt at 7-4. This is a game both teams need to win for different reasons. It’ll be a true playoff atmosphere. Here is the crew’s predictions for the game.
Tyler Edgerton (10-1)
This week 13 matchup could potentially be the biggest of the entire season for the Eagles. Philadelphia will have a chance to prove themselves in what is always a hostile environment. Good teams perform in December, and the Eagles have that exact opportunity this weekend.Seattle struggles to run the ball due to a mediocre offensive line which plays right into the hands of the Eagles defense. The only way Seattle will come out with a win this weekend is if Russell Wilson does Russell Wilson things.
Wilson will have to continue making plays in crucial spots of the game like he has done his entire career. The Eagles, on the other hand, cannot afford to give up an early double-digit lead in this one and will have to protect the ball. Game time is looking to be 40º and a slim chance of rain – this plays into the Eagles hands. How can you not like the Eagles in this game when they are a 6 point favorite? Ajayi finds the endzone, Eagles win, Seattle covers.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Seahawks 20
Joe Fabiani (10-1)
Coming into this matchup, the Eagles will have to look to attack a depleted Seattle secondary. Without Sherman and Chancellor, the deep passing game can be taken advantage of. It will be the most hostile environment the Eagles have played in all season. They will have to use ball control and win the turnover battle to come out on top in this one.
Limiting Russell Wilson’s running ability will be at the top of the priority list for the Eagles defense. He leads Seattle in rushing. Their offensive line has allowed 26 sacks and 86 hurries. Those stats should have the Eagles defensive line salivating. Philadelphia also can’t overlook the fact that in Seattle’s last 3 wins they have faced teams who are a combined 10-23. This team certainly isn’t the same caliber as they have been in the last few seasons.
If the Eagles come into Seattle and play the way they have all year they should have no problem moving to 11-1.
Final Prediction: Eagles 30, Seahawks 17
John Purificato (10-1)
With a chance at not only making the playoffs but receiving a bye and possibly home field advantage, the Eagles are heading to the first stop on their west coast trip, Seattle. The Seahawks are in the hunt for the wild card as of now but remain only 2 games back of the NFC West-leading Los Angelos Rams.
Seattle is lead by (in my option) one of the best QBs in the NFL in Russell Wilson. Wilson has been carrying his team all year with no offensive line or a running game. His biggest asset is scrambling out of the pocket, yet always keeping his eyes downfield. However, on defense, Seattle is missing two of there 3 members of the legion of boom, and have become a shell of themselves from what we have come to know them to be the last 5 years.
A game in Seattle is never easy. expect Wilson to put on a show and try to go after this not very tested secondary. Look for them to show Wentz pressure early and often. The Eagles key to victory is simple: control the clock, and protect the ball. If they have 3 turnovers like last week, they will lose. Eagles escape Seattle by the skin of their teeth.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Seahawks 24
Matthew Scott (9-2)
At 10-1 the Eagles show no signs of slowing down. Clicking on all cylinders, it would take a lot to stop them. The first instinct of many fans coming into this game is the Eagles will roll in Seattle due to the depleted roster of the Seahawks. However, I’m skeptical. I believe without Richard Sherman, Cam Chancellor and possibly Earl Thomas, Carson Wentz will have a great game. My only fear going in is the offense of Seattle. In the end, a couple costly special teams plays and an incredible game by Russell Wilson will put the Seahawks ahead late and eventually to win the game.
Final Prediction: Eagles 28, Seahawks 32
Tylar Pomroy (9-2)
The Eagles should have their first competitive game in weeks. They’ll be rolling out the white-on-white uniforms in Seattle for a Sunday night contest that I believe will be a one-sided high scoring game due to the Seahawks’ long list of injuries as opposed to the Eagles. (See Seattle Injury Report)
Russell Wilson is the entirety of the Seattle offense and the lack of any reliable running game makes Philadelphia’s holes in the middle less susceptible to lose. Because the birds are running into the Seahawks with an injured secondary, this week you can expect Wentz to launch more than few long balls. The game calls for at least one play where newly resigned – Alshon Jeffery burns ex-Eagle Byron Maxwell, who recently resigned with Seattle after being released from Miami. Seattle comes into this game looking to catch their division while the Eagles have had the NFC East wrapped up essentially since the Cowboys game. The Eagles will prove to the league once again that they’re unrivaled – this is their season.
Final Prediction: Eagles 34, Seahawks 13
Brett Santos (6-5)
With no running game all season, the Seahawks have been forced to beat teams through the air all year. With the Eagles strength defensively being their ability to stop the run, it will be interesting to see how they will handle Wilson this week who has accounted for 27 or the 28 touchdowns scored by Seattle this season. I think Wilson will be the leading rusher for the Seahawks once again this week and I see him rushing for 75+ yards.
Defensively, Seattle is a bit banged up but still a very solid unit. I see the Eagles struggling to run the ball forcing Wentz to do a lot. I think we see the Eagles offense struggle for the first time this season in what will be a low scoring game. Unfortunately, Wilson will be too much for the Eagles defense.
Final Prediction: Eagles 14, Seahawks 17