Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks Staff Predictions
By Todd Duvall
Nov 27, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Samuel Sanchez, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off two straight dominant wins and meet the red hot Seattle Seahawks this week. This game could very well reveal who earns a bye in the playoffs, and stamp either team as a serious contender.
It will be imperative that the Eagles contain the Seahawks running game on Sunday. If Philly can indeed slow down the ground game, I can’t see the Seahawks putting up more than 21 points. The real question is if the Eagles offense can score on the legion of boom? I believe they can.
Eagles 24, Seahawks 20
Nick Takacs, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Eagles head into this NFC battle with a 9-3 record, fresh off a demolition of the Dallas Cowboys. This game could have the makings of a classic trap. Lose this game, and the Birds still control the NFC East, but could potentially lose ground for a first-round bye or home field. There are significant playoff implications from here on out. The best scenario would be 4 more wins.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has shown amazing athleticism, and can beat defenses with his legs as well as his arms. With a strong running back in Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks running game will get going early. The good news here is that the Birds defense has had success stopping the run. Flipping the script, expect the Birds to tee off with running backs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, trying to grind down the Hawks defense.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly continues to find ways to innovate in his offensive system. Quarterback Mark Sanchez is coming off one of the best games of his career. He needs to take the next step, protect the football, and execute the offense. Having said that, I expect to see kicker Cody Parkey get some work as the Hawks D tightens in the red zone. I don’t see the Eagles fixing all the red zone scoring issues, but I see them coming out slightly ahead when the game is over.
A win sets up a nice rematch against the Dallas Cowboys next week, the first in three divisional games leading to the playoffs.
Eagles 19, Seahawks 17
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