NFL: Let’s put another NFC East team in a primetime slot!
Seriously, at what point did NFL schedule makers think this would be a good enough division to warrant so many national games? That said this could be a playoff matchup with far from a playoff feel.
Seattle’s Keys to Victory: Get Wilson comfortable early
Seattle has one of the worst defenses in the NFL. What isn’t helping them is when their MVP-caliber quarterback has the yips. The Seahawks are 2-3 in their last 5. Russell Wilson has 7 interceptions in those games. The Eagles don’t have the kind of defense to strike fear in an opponent’s eyes, but the O-line has got to keep them off of Wilson and give him time to complete some passes downfield. This should be an easy W for Seattle even given the cross-country trek, but not if Wilson tosses 2 or more ints. Which, as we’ve seen, he is capable of.
The Eagles Keys to Victory: A strong defense will keep you in the game
Carson Wentz is not gonna go toe-to-toe with Russell Wilson and win. But if the Philadelphia defense can come away with some stops and get off the field. Wentz can do enough to steal a win in this one. But he still has got to be better than his stat line even with some help from his D. Remember the NFC East is literally wide open. At this point in week 12, anyone can win this division. And they will do so with the worst record of any team to ever make the playoffs.
Lord help us, another NFC East team playing in Primetime. I can’t see the eagle winning this game. The winner of the NFC East (which could still be the Eagles) will be the team that best survives themselves. The thing to watch for will be if Seattle struggles any against this Eagles team. If they do it could be telling as to their fate in the early rounds of the playoffs. Bet the Seahawks here. -5.5 is a pretty good line.
Seattle Seahawks: 30
Philadelphia Eagles 23
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