Seattle Seahawks vs Philadelphia Eagles - Predictions and Odds (NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
Final score prediction: Seahawks 27, Eagles 24.
How to Watch: Seahawks vs Eagles
What: Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
When: Sunday, January 5 at 4:40 pm ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
How (TV): NBC
Seahawks vs Eagles – Point Spread
Seahawks -2, Eagles +2
Seattle vs Philadelphia – Game Preview
The second NFC Wild Card game on Sunday, January 5 is an exciting rematch from Week 12 back in November featuring Russell Wilson’s and Marshawn Lynch’s 11-5 Seattle Seahawks taking on Carson Wentz’s and Jordan Howard’s 9-7 Philadelphia Eagles, winner moves on, loser goes home.
Both teams have been hit hard by the injury bug, so much so that “Beast Mode” Lynch had to be brought out of retirement in Seattle and Wentz has been forced to game plan with less experienced targets, and now the next men up will have a chance to extend their team’s postseason life.
Seattle is better on offense, but Philadelphia has the edge on the other side of the ball, so let’s take a quick side-by-side look at how these two teams stack up against each other for this second NFC Wild Card matchup of the day.
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The 11-5-0 Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks had quite the run game all season (ranked 4th in the league), but then injury took out running backs Rashaad Penny (ACL), Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) for the season, forcing the front office to think outside the box and call for the great Marshawn Lynch to come out of retirement.
Anyone who saw Beast Mode (Lynch) launch over the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive line towards the end zone in Week 17 knows that he has fresh legs, talent galore, and the will to make up for not being used to score the winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX (Russell Wilson got picked off in the end zone for the loss).
Regardless of how talented this Seahawks team is on offense, it’s their 26th ranked defense, the one that allows opponents to score almost 25 points per game, that should be the major concern in Seattle since the postseason tends to favor those teams who know how to keep their opponents off of the field (and off the scoreboard).
The 9-7 Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have had a brutal season plagued with injuries to key players (see below), but somehow they have managed to survive in the end, win the NFC East and qualify for the Wild Card round with a healthy Carson Wentz under postseason center (finally).
One of the team’s biggest playmakers, tight end Zach Ertz, may not play in this one (although if he can, he will, sore ribs and all), but thankfully his backup, Dallas Goedert, is more than talented enough to fill his shoes, the second-year player with 58 catches for 600+ yards and 5 touchdowns on the season.
The Eagles are terrific against the run (3rd best in the league, in fact), so if they can field a healthy squad (see below) they stand a chance of slowing down the Seahawks’ fresh and powerful rushing attack, but they will still have to handle Wilson and company through the air, no easy feat either.
Seahawks vs Eagles – History
These two rivals have met 17 total times (including no postseason games), with Seattle winning 10 of those times and Philadelphia winning the other 7 games.
The last time these two teams played was in November of this regular season when the Seahawks traveled to Philadelphia to hand the Eagles a home loss by a score of 17-9.
The winner of this game will face either the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, January 11 or the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, January 12 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
The loser, of course, goes home.
Questions to Answer
Who’s favored to win this Week 14 Seahawks-Eagles matchup?
Which team has a better offense? Defense? Special teams?
Which team’s quarterback is more likely to lead his team to victory?
We’re going to briefly compare the Seahawks and the Eagles next and attempt to answer those questions and more.
Offensive Stats Comparison
Seattle Seahawks Overall Offense
- Ranked 8th overall in 2019
- Passing attack currently ranked 14th
- Rushing attack currently ranked 4th
The big offensive news in Seattle is the return of “Beast Mode,” running back Marshawn Lynch, who has some unfinished business to take care of out of the Seahawks backfield, and he got the party started last week against the San Francisco 49ers by carrying the ball 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Russell Wilson is the sixth most productive passer in the league, with 341 completions for 4,110 yards and 31 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions, finishing the regular season with a 66.1 completion percentage and a quarterback rating of 106.3.
The injury bug has bit the Seattle Seahawks hard (thus the return of Lynch), right now with 20 players listed as either out or on injured reserve, and their offense could be further shorthanded in this one since wide receiver Jaron Brown (knee – MCL) is listed as doubtful and wide receiver Malik Turner (concussion) and tight end Luke Wilson (hip) are both listed as questionable.
Philadelphia Eagles Overall Offense
- Ranked 14th overall in 2019
- Passing attack currently ranked 11th
- Rushing attack currently ranked 11th
This will be the perfect chance for Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz to prove that not only can he stay relatively healthy for the entire regular season (he started all 16 games), but also that with him under center the Eagles have a chance to win in the postseason.
Wentz’s passing attack has diminished a bit due to multiple injuries to some of his best receivers, with DeSean Jackson (abdomen) and Alshon Jeffrey (foot) both out for the season/postseason and the rest of the group banged up, too (see below).
The Eagles have had to get by often without many of their playmakers due to injury, and that could again be true for this one, with wide receivers Nelson Agholor (knee) and Shelton Gibson (ankle), tight end Zach Ertz (ribs) and running back Miles Sanders (ankle) all listed as questionable for this Wild Card round.
The Seattle Seahawks will have the offensive advantage in this one because not only is Russell Wilson on fire, he now has Marshawn Lynch’s fresh pair of legs out of the backfield to help keep the Eagles’ defense off guard.
Defensive Stats Comparison
Seattle Seahawks Overall Defense
- Ranked 26th overall in 2019
- Passing defense currently ranked 27th
- Rushing defense currently ranked 22nd
The Seattle Seahawks are surprisingly weak on the defensive side of the ball, allowing their opponents to score almost 25 points per game, with 16 team interceptions and just 28 total sacks (only one team, the Miami Dolphins, have had fewer sacks on the season).
One Seahawk that Wentz had better keep an eye on is cornerback Tre Flowers, who has 3 interceptions on the season, 11 passes defended, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, 2 sacks, and 82 total tackles.
Injuries have decimated the Seahawks defense (over half a dozen of them are out for the postseason) plus now talented safety Quandre Diggs is listed as questionable as his injured ankle continues to heal up, though he will most likely suit up for this one.
Philadelphia Eagles Overall Defense
- Ranked 10th overall in 2019
- Passing defense currently ranked 19th
- Rushing defense currently ranked 3rd
The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense allows opponents to score over 22 points per game, and they’ve intercepted 11 passes and sacked opponent quarterbacks 43 times this year, becoming a top-10 unit by the end of the season.
On the Eagles’ defensive line lives end Brandon Graham, a player who has ‘quietly’ totaled 8.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hits, a forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries and 50 total tackles (with 15 of those for a loss).
The Eagles may have to play this one without one of their key defensive players, since cornerback Jalen Mills is still dealing with an injured ankle and he is listed as questionable for this one, currently a game-time decision.
The Philadelphia Eagles have the definite defensive advantage in this one over the Seahawks, statistically and also due to the fact that the Eagles’ fans will be more than willing to help distract Seattle with plenty of the noise they’re famous for.
Seahawks vs Eagles – Final Game Analysis
Why Will the Seahawks Win this Game?
The Seattle Seahawks will win this game if they come on strong offensively and outscore whatever their defense allows, so that would require Russell Wilson to have a big MVP-level game where he finds receivers Tyler Lockett and rookie D.K. Metcalf early and often (the same way he has been doing all season).
Beast Mode must work – meaning Marshawn Lynch’s run game (supplemented by Travis Homer and Robert Turbin) must be a factor that the Eagles have to game plan around because that’s the key to opening up the secondary for Wilson and his receivers.
The Seahawks will win this one just like they did the last time they had to travel all the way to Philadelphia in Week 12 earlier this season, only now it’s for all the marbles and having Lynch’s fresh legs out of the backfield this time could make all the difference.
Why Will the Eagles Win this Game?
The Philadelphia Eagles will win this one because they have the better defense, and in the postseason, where the weather is iffy and the points (and passes) don’t come as easily, that will make a huge difference, especially when it comes down to the fourth quarter (and a ton of hometown crowd noise).
Carson Wentz will have to play huge – what better way to prove that he is the undisputed franchise quarterback of the Eagles than to use whichever targets are available to get the job done, and that puts the pressure squarely on the backs of Nelson Agholor, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Dallas Goedert, talented youth ready to prove their worth.
Of course, that won’t be possible unless Philadelphia’s run game gets going – with Jordan Howard and a banged-up Miles Sanders having to take the majority of the carries, a squad that was ranked 11th most productive in the league during the regular season.
Seahawks vs Eagles Wild Card Weekend – Who Will Win?
The Seattle Seahawks will win this one by a field goal because Beast Mode will kick in and distract the Eagles defense enough for Wilson to slowly pick it apart.
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My prediction for the final score is Seahawks 27, Eagles 24.
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Seattle Seahawks vs Philadelphia Eagles Odds