The Seattle Seahawks take their 8-2 record on the road this week to face the 5-5 Philadelphia Eagles in a game that Philadelphia really needs to win to stay in the playoff hunt. The Seahawks are fresh off a bye week after handing the San Francisco 49ers their first loss of the 2019 season. Russell Wilson is having an MVP-caliber season with 23 touchdown passes against just two interceptions, with another trio of scores coming on the ground.
The Eagles are currently navigating a season filled with peaks and valleys. After winning four of six games going into a bye week to prepare for the Patriots at home, the Eagles failed to put New England away after being up 10-0 early in the game. The Eagles are simply running out of bodies at the wide receiver position as DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jefferey remain banged up.
Seattle comes into the game riding a three-game winning streak, two of which have been on the road. While impressive, it should be noted that two of the three games went to overtime, and all have been decided by seven points or fewer. The defense, which was somewhat concerning early in the season, has seemingly turned it around recently, improving its passing yards allowed in each game of the streak while also causing seven turnovers in the last three games.
On the offensive side, Chris Carson continues to be the “bell cow” at running back. During the winning streak, Carson is getting roughly 22 touches per game for around 110 yards from scrimmage. He also seems to have put the “injury-prone” tag behind him, having appeared in all 10 games for the Seahawks. Tyler Lockett suffered a severe leg contusion against the 49ers, so his status is still up in the air.
Few teams have been hit with the injury bug this season quite as impactfully as the Eagles. Their receiving corps is decimated to the point where they have brought back Jordan Matthews (again). It also appears as though Darren Sproles has called it a career. Luckily for head coach Doug Pederson, he still has Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert at the tight end position, both of whom are favorites of quarterback Carson Wentz.
Defensively, the Eagles continue to improve, allowing just under 15 points per game over their last three contests.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles NFL Pick and Prediction
This is a game that Eagles have to have in order to stay in the playoff hunt as it looks like their most likely avenue to the postseason is by overtaking Dallas for the NFC East division title. The best way to pick up this win is to keep Wilson off the field, which means Wentz will have to be sharper than he was against New England.
For Seattle, the health of Lockett is paramount, as his absence would be a tremendous void in the Seattle offense, though Josh Gordon is looming.
The Eagles have done a nice job shutting down the run recently, with Lockett banged up, let’s take the Eagles at home by a field goal and the under.