2. How does the Philadelphia Eagles defense match up with Seattle’s offense?
Believe it or not Philly fans, Eagles defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, has actually dialed up a solid game plan in the past few matchups with Seattle. In both contests, Russell Wilson was held to only 263 yards per game and two touchdowns. He has also been sacked seven times.
Again, Seattle’s receivers are a bad matchup for the Birds. Fans may see more zone coverage played by Philly’s defense. They may also see their linebackers playing closer to the line of scrimmage.
The one thing that the Eagles defense has going for them is that the Seahawks offensive line is almost as bad as Philly’s. The Hawks have given up 30 sacks so far on the season, so there are areas that Philly can attack. That’s great news for a defense ranked tenth overall. The Eagles’ calling card has been its pass rush which, heading into Week 12’s game, is currently ranked second in sacks,. They’ll need to get home as much as they can if they’re going to throw Wilson off of his launchpad.
Do not let stats or a bad game confuse you about how good Russell Wilson is. Once his primary reads are taken away, he’ll use his legs, and like the Eagles had done already with Lamar Jackson, if they spread the defensive line and allow their defensive ends to attack the outside, they can close off any lane that Wilson may be able to sneak through (hopefully).
Russell Wilson has thrown only four fewer interceptions than Carson Wentz, so pressuring Wilson can pay off if he’s schemed correctly. Let’s talk about the Eagles’ offense. Advantage: The Eagles