Seattle (8-2; 5-5 ATS) at Philadelphia (5-5; 4-6 ATS)
Early line: Eagles (minus-2 points). Total: (48.5)
SEA 4TH OFF; PHI 9TH DEF
SEA 6TH RUN; PHI 4TH vs. RUN
SEA 10TH PASS; PHI 17TH vs. PASS
SEA 7TH PTS; PHI 18TH PTS ALLOWED
PHI 23RD OFF; SEA 24TH DEF
PHI 11TH RUN; SEA 12TH vs. RUN
PHI 24TH PASS; SEA 28TH vs. PASS
PHI 14TH PTS; SEA 23RD PTS ALLOWED
SEA T5TH TO/TA; PHI T20TH TO-TA
Seahawks lead all-time series 9-7-0 and have won last 4 games in series (6 of last 7), most recently beating Eagles 24-10 at Seattle Dec. 3, 2017.
SEAHAWKS couldn’t have been on a bigger high entering their Week 11 bye after their biggest stars shined brightly when it mattered most in thrilling 27-24 win in OT over division-rival Niners in Week 10 Monday-nighter.
SEAHAWKS’ win over SF turned the NFC West into an actual race for the division title instead of just an eventual coronation of the 49ers. Seattle actually has the upper hand now, as winning out the rest of the way — which would include a Week 17 win over the 49ers — would give Seattle the division title.
No one expects that to happen, especially with the schedule SEAHAWKS still must face over the final six games. But the wild momentum swings from pulsating Monday-nighter — that eventually ended with PK Jason Myers’ game-winning 42-yard FG in OT with no time remaining — provides Seattle a chance to think big.
SEAHAWKS QB Russell Wilson, widely considered the favorite at present for league MVP honors, was again outstanding in Week 10, his interception early in overtime notwithstanding.
On the other side of the ball, SEAHAWKS DE Jadeveon Clowney was a stats machine with five tackles, five QB hits, a sack, a FF, a FR and his second touchdown of the season.
But there were plenty of others such as LCB Shaquill Griffin, DT Jarran Reed, TE Jacob Hollister and newcomer WR Josh Gordon all making significant contributions in SEAHAWKS’ Week 10 win.
After weeks of waiting, SEAHAWKS’ D-line was dominant in Week 10. Whether it was the stage of playing on Monday night or just favorable matchups, the Seahawks managed to make it miserable for Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo to sit in the pocket and throw downfield.
SEAHAWKS’ 5 sacks matched season high set in Week 1, and their 10 QB hits were a season high. Seahawks also limited SF to just 87 yards rushing and 3.2 ypc. The 49ers were averaging 171 ypg on the ground.
Clowney was the most disruptive defender, but the return of DE Quinton Jefferson from injury, and the interior rush from Poona Ford, Al Woods and Reed (3 sacks combined) all played a role in what SEAHAWKS were able to accomplish up front.
SEAHAWKS’ Wilson entered Week 11 bye ranked 4th in league in passing yards with 2,737 with a league-high 23 TD passes and 114.9 QB rating (23-2 TD-INT ratio) and also had 50-256-3 rushing (5.1 ypc). In Week 10 win, he had 24-34-232-1 TD-1 INT (86.9 QB rating) while getting sacked 5 times and 6-53 rushing (8.8 ypc) with a long of 18.
SEAHAWKS’ Wilson has a 68.5 completion percentage and 8.4-yard average per pass play, which would be career highs if he can keep it up, as well as 100.0-plus QB ratings in 8 of Seattle’s 10 games.
SEAHAWKS RB Chris Carson ranked 4th in league in rushing yards with 853 (4.3 ypc) after his 25-89-1 rushing performance, and MLB Bobby Wagner ranked 4th in league in tackles with 97 after his team-high 11 tackles and a PB in Week 10 win.
Just a few weeks ago, Hollister was stuck on the practice squad wondering if he would get a chance to be a contributor for the SEAHAWKS. In the past 4 games, Hollister has 17 catches, and he had 8 receptions against the 49ers, including his 3rd TD in the past two games.
In Gordon’s SEAHAWKS debut after being claimed off waivers from New England, he caught a 13-yard pass to convert a third down on a late FG drive in the fourth quarter and another to convert a third down in overtime.
On a negative note, SEAHAWKS’ problems protecting the ball are driving head coach Pete Carroll crazy. Seattle fumbled 5 times in Week 10, losing 3 of them. There were plenty of guilty parties, with Wilson, Carson, RB Rashaad Penny, WR DK Metcalf and even ORT Germain Ifedi making fumbles.
SEAHAWKS ranked third in the NFL with 18 total fumbles entering Week 11, although they've only lost 11. "We won't have a chance if this keeps going on. You can't win like that," Carroll said.
On SEAHAWKS’ injury front, WR1 Tyler Lockett suffered a severe bruise on his lower leg. Carroll said the initial reports appear to be positive, and because of the bye week, Lockett may be able to play against Philadelphia (check status).
SEAHAWKS will need to make a decision at tight end depending on how long Luke Willson will be out because of a hamstring injury. Carroll called Willson's injury "legit," always a sign it has some significance (check status).
SEAHAWKS have TE Ed Dickson waiting to be activated from the IR list and may need to finally do so if Willson will miss any time. Hollister is the only other tight end on the roster.
A 17-10 Week 11 home loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots left the EAGLES searching for answers to fix their inconsistent, out-of-sync offense.
Facing the NFL’s stingiest defense without their two best wide receivers (DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery) and top running back (Jordan Howard), the EAGLES still had a chance to overtake the Pats, but they couldn’t make a big play.
EAGLES QB Carson Wentz (20-40-214-1 TD-0 INTs-74.4 QB rating and 3-17 rushing with a long of 8 in Week 11) misfired on three straight passes from the Patriots 26, and then WR Nelson Agholor couldn’t make a twisting catch in the end zone on a fourth-down pass with under a minute left.
The EAGLES are missing the speedy Jackson, out for the season after abdominal surgery, and Jeffery and leading rusher Howard returned from Philly’s Week 10 bye unable to play because of injuries sustained two weeks earlier.
But the EAGLES jumped to a 10-0 lead over NE and then couldn’t do anything else, as Wentz completed only half his passes, was sacked five times and lost a fumble.
The EAGLES had used a power run attack in consecutive wins at Buffalo and home against Chicago. But Howard couldn’t play in Week 11 because of an ankle injury, and the Patriots limited Philly RBs Miles Sanders and Boston Scott to 64 yards on 18 carries.
Forced to throw often, Wentz had a tough time finding open receivers and connecting when he had any. TE Zach Ertz was his only reliable target, catching nine passes for 94 yards. The EAGLES converted only 3-of-13 third downs and had to punt on six straight possessions at one point, and 10 of 12 drives lasted five plays or less.
EAGLES defense allowed Patriots 298 total yards and 5-of-16 3rd-down conversions but registered just one sack and zero takeaways in Week 11 loss. OLB Nate Gerry led defense with team’s lone sack and team-high 10 tackles.
Despite EAGLES’ struggles, head coach Doug Pederson is confident the offense can get going again. Jackson isn’t coming back, so the Eagles won’t have their only deep threat. But Jeffery (ankle) and Howard could return Sunday vs. Seattle (check statuses). “When you have your guys out there, we’ve proven that we have been able to execute,” Pederson said.”
In addition to Jeffery and Howard, check status of EAGLES All-Pro ORT Lane Johnson, who left Week 11 game with a head injury in the first half; and LB Nigel Bradham (ankle; DNP in Week 11).
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