Monday Night Football Picks: Seahawks Look For More Luck in Philly
The Seattle Seahawks are in a battle with the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West. And on Monday night they have an opportunity to make some progress against a struggling team. The opponent is the Philadelphia Eagles, who are in their own skirmish as well, in their case in the NFC East.
This game takes place at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is at 8:15 PM ET, and ESPN provides the television.
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|Seahawks||-5½ (-115)||49 (-105)||-260|
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Where they stand
Right now Philadelphia is 3-6-1 and that puts them right behind Washington in the NFC East. With the Football Team’s victory over Dallas on Thanksgiving day, that improved their record to 4-7. So the Eagles, if they win here, will take over first place in the division again.
Seattle is at 7-3, which is tied with the Los Angeles Rams atop the NFC West. And they are both a game ahead of the Arizona Cardinals.
Seattle bested Philly twice last year
We don’t know if one team beat another by the same 17-9 score twice in the same season. But that’s what happened last season. The numbers in those games were not similar, however. Seattle was very formidable on the ground the first time around, as they had 174 yards rushing. And they needed only 200 yards through the air from Russell Wilson.
In the return meeting, in the playoffs, the Seahawks relied more on Wilson, who threw for 325 yards. And they got only 64 yards rushing, which resembles a little more what they’re doing now. Five turnovers undid the Eagles in the first meeting, which is more like what THEY are doing now.
And both of these games were at the “Link,” so don’t expect Pete Carroll’s team to be fazed by the surroundings.
From Wentz he came?
There is no quarterback who has turned the ball over, or gotten sacked, more times than Carson Wentz. With 14 interceptions, he can’t be trusted. And he has been sacked 40 times. Clearly he is reverting back to his old and awful habit of holding onto the ball too long.
Wentz is second in the league in “Intended Air Yards,” which means he is throwing it far beyond the line of scrimmage. So it is understandable that he might wait for his receivers to get into their routes. Not having Zach Ertz at his disposal doesn’t help either.
The city of Philadelphia has some tough fans. And many of those fans are calling for a change at quarterback. Waiting in the wings, presumably, is Jalen Hurts. He’s the rookie who was able to show what he could do in Lincoln Riley’s system in Oklahoma. Prior to that he was a national champion at Alabama.
Hurts still has a ways to go before he becomes a polished NFL passer. But the idea is that he will bring a lot of athleticism to the table. Coach Doug Pederson says he’s not thinking much about making a change. And some of that may have to do with the huge contract extension Wentz signed last season. Are the Eagles stuck with him for the foreseeable future?
The case for the Seahawks
if you look at Russell Wilson, you’ll see that he’s been turning the ball over too. In fact, he has coughed it up to the other side seven times in the last three games. At the same time, he’s also thrown for almost 3000 yards and 30 touchdowns. If it is a choice as to which QB is more likely to execute the winning plays, it’s Wilson.
The Seahawks’ defense has been like a sieve most of the time this season. They have surrendered far more yardage per game than any other NFL team.
But the recent addition of Carlos Dunlap, there is more energy in the pass rush. And Jamal Adams, an All-Pro safety, can be a game-changer when healthy. They both came off sinking ships – Dunlap was unhappy and requested a trade from Cincinnati, while Adams was with the Jets, so enough said.
Seattle is going to be permissive, even with its new additions. We get the sense that the Eagles are in a batter place offensively, aside from Wentz’s antics. They’re getting receivers back, and Miles Sanders has also returned. if not for the bad weather in Cleveland last week, we may have had a higher-scoring game.
Chris Carson is expected to return to the Seahawks’ backfield, and while Philly can handle itself up front, they will have their hands full with the Tyler Lockett-DK Metcalf combo on the other end of Wilson’s passes.
So we can see an OVER in this one, weather permitting.
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