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Seattle’s defense is their biggest weakness right now, but they should be good enough to keep these faltering Eagles from outscoring them during this Monday Night Football matchup.
Seahawks -5 (-110)
|Seahawks vs Eagles Information|
|What||Seattle Seahawks vs Philadelphia Eagles|
|Where||Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA|
|When||Monday, November 30, 2020; 8:15 PM ET|
|How to watch||ESPN|
The Seattle Seahawks are one of the many talented 7-3 teams in the league right now, and a Week 12 win would definitely help them stay close to the top of the strong NFC West, and thankfully a win against this fluttering Eagles team that can’t seem to stop getting in its own way seems likely.
This is the true definition of a must-win game for the Philadelphia Eagles, who are barely holding onto the horribly weak NFC East because a Week 12 loss would allow the Dallas Cowboys the opportunity to move ahead, but none of that matters if the Eagles can’t start protecting QB Carson Wentz, who’s been sacked 40 times, the most in the league.
These NFC teams have played each other 18 prior times (including 1 postseason game), with the Philadelphia Eagles winning 7 of those games and the Seattle Seahawks winning 11 of the games.
It is never good to be the last place in anything, but right now the Seattle Seahawks defense is ranked last in the National Football League after allowing opponents to gain 435 total yards and score almost 29 points per game, this being the most obvious weakness of this playoff-worthy team.
Doesn’t matter how good QB Russell Wilson plays (and he typically plays excellently), because if the defense continues to let opposing teams run up and down the field all game, then outscoring them becomes an even bigger challenge.
The Seahawks are way better against the run (ranked 4th overall) than the pass (ranked 32nd overall) so it becomes obvious what needs to be done to get this team ready for postseason football.
When you lead the league in sacks, it becomes a sign of honor if you’re a defensive end, but if you are a quarterback like Carson Wentz, that ‘honor’ becomes dubious at best, the man having been sacked 40 times this year so far, 7 more than the next in line, which is Seahawks Russell Wilson (33).
Wentz is notoriously injury-prone, and letting defenses get to him is not a good recipe for success, so offensive coordinators Press Taylor and Jeff Stoutland need to figure out where the squad is failing their leader.
So far this season, Wentz has started all ten games, but he leads the league in interceptions with 14, and that stat has a lot to do with the number of times he has been sacked since a fleeing and falling QB tends to throw the ball a lot less accurate than one who is secure and safe in the pocket.
Second-year defensive end L.J. Collier is a key part of the Seahawks struggling defense, and a decent outing from him in Week 12 would go a long way to helping this Seattle team find a necessary win over these less talented Eagles.
Collier has been relatively effective so far this season, starting all 10 games and posting 2 sacks, 5 quarterback hits, a pass defended, and 13 total tackles, with 3 of those being for a loss, numbers that should continue to rise as his pro experience increases.
Collier lines up next to nose tackle Poona Ford and defensive tackle Jarran Reed, a line that needs to make the opposing QB Carson Wentz extremely uncomfortable, which should be easy to do to a man who has already been sacked more than any other player at his position in the league this year.
One of the keys to a Philly Week 12 win is to protect their quarterback, Carson Wentz, who has been sacked more than any other QB so far this year with 40 total sacks, a blindside job that falls primarily into the lap of the team’s left tackle.
In the Eagles’ case, that is Jason Peters, a veteran who missed several games this season on injured reserve due to a serious foot injury, activated again on Halloween and a key part of the protection scheme of Philadelphia.
Now Peters is listed as questionable for this Week 12 matchup with the Seahawks due to an undisclosed injury or illness, so he will be a game-time decision for head coach Doug Pederson, a tough call on a playmaker who is an important part of keeping Wentz upright.
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