NFL 2019 (Week 12): Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles

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NFL 2019 (Week 12): Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles

By Pete Fasulo

Special to Pro Football Guru

The Philadelphia Eagles are still in the race for the NFC East crown after winning two of their last three games, while Seattle is within a game of first place in the NFC West. This is an important matchup if either of these teams has aspirations of winning their respective divisions. The big question here is whether the Eagles’ defense can slow down current MVP candidate Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense that is scoring an average of 27.5 points per game this season.

Seahawks: Wilson leads a solid offense that features wide receivers Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf, and Will Dissly. These three have combined for 1,650 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns. Wilson has completed 68.5 percent of his passes for an astounding 2,737 yards. His touchdown pass to interception ratio of 23-2 is amazing. In addition, he has rushed for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Chris Carson has rushed for 853 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively the Hawks have been led up front by veteran Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Jadeveon Clowney. Their secondary features a few unheralded yet solid performers in Tre Flowers, Shaquill Griffin and Bradley McDougald. The key to the Seattle defense has been 19 takeaways, which includes eight interceptions. This has helped lead the team to their solid 8-2 record.

Eagles: The offense, led by quarterback Carson Wentz has looked out of sync thus far this season. Wentz has completed only 61.2 percent of his passes. But on the good side of things, has compiled 2,274 yards and 16 touchdowns to just four interceptions. The Eagles’ running game, led by Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders has been decent if not stellar. However, the former may be unavailable for the second straight game. Wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery along with tight end Zach Ertz will be the key to this game. If they can get open and exploit the Seattle secondary the Eagles will be able to put up some points. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles are led by a solid secondary that features Rodney McLeod, Malcolm Jenkins, Nate Gerry and Rasul Douglas. Up front, Brandon Graham leads the Birds with six sacks.

Prediction: This is a crucial game for Philadelphia as they need a win here to remain in the playoff hunt. Head coach Doug Pederson will have his team ready for this challenge. Expect Seattle to stay in this game due to Wilson’s magic. Yet, in the long run, the home field advantage, the Birds’ secondary, and the desperation that the Eagles will play with, will be the difference as Philly gets the win here in a close one.

Philadelphia Eagles 24, Seattle Seahawks 21

Pete Fasulo (@LISportsFans) is a freelance writer covering business, music, and sports. He has written for music publications such as Revolver and Aural Fix. His sports writing career has been resurrected here after numerous years at The Torch and The Long Island Tribune (many moons ago).

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