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Week 13: Seahawks vs Eagles Picks & Predictions
Check out which side the national media is predicting to win on Sunday Night Football between the Seahawks (7-4) and Eagles (10-1) at CenturyLink Field.
Tim McManus at ESPN.com gives the Eagles a 20-17 advantage, citing the play of Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz as the difference, "The Eagles lost in Seattle 26-15 last year, and they know how tough the Seahawks can be at home -- especially late in the season. They are 19-5 in December since QB Russell Wilson and coach Pete Carroll joined forces, and 10-2 in home prime-time games. This is not the same Philly team that came up short last season, though, and because of injuries to Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, among others, it's not the same Seattle team, either. Carson Wentz is on an MVP tear, and he will be the difference late."
Despite notable injuries, Brady Henderson at ESPN.com believes the Seahawks have enough going for them to pull off a 24-23 upset victory, "The Seahawks are six-point underdogs at home, but ESPN's Football Power Index sees this as a much tighter matchup than Las Vegas, favoring the Eagles by just 0.6 percent. The formula on offense for a Seahawks victory is not a revolutionary one: run the ball, control the clock and keep the NFL's highest-scoring offense off the field. Seattle's running game has been nonexistent this season outside of Wilson scrambles, but there are two reasons for optimism this week: Mike Davis likely will return to the backfield, and the Seahawks finally have their desired offensive line playing together with left guard Luke Joeckelback from injury and playing alongside new left tackle Duane Brown. Seattle's secondary hasn't experienced the drop-off that many expected it to when Sherman and Chancellor went down, holding its last two opponents to under 200 passing yards. The Eagles are the better team, but the Seahawks are at home and have enough going for them to pull off an upset win."
Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com previews Sunday's matchup, predicting a 31-27 Seattle win and noting, "The Seahawks win if … they score a touchdown on their opening possession. That’s something that hasn’t happened in any of Seattle’s past 24 regular-season games. Philadelphia scores an average of 7 points in the first quarter, most of any team in the league. The Seahawks averaged less than half of that, ranking 20th in the league in first-quarter points. But Seattle ranks No. 1 in fourth-quarter points. The key for the Seahawks will be to keep the Eagles from running away with the game early, and against the league’s highest-scoring team, the best defense is going to be a capable offense.
Jim Moore at 710Sports.com sees the Eagles coming away with a decisive victory, 34-17, "When you look at all of the numbers behind the Eagles’ 10-1 start, it’s easier to see why they’re favored by 5 1/2 points over the Seahawks Sunday night. But it’s still strange – the Seahawks had not been a home underdog in five years until they played Atlanta two weeks ago. The Falcons were one-point favorites at kickoff. Now here the Seahawks are, underdogs for a second straight time at home, in danger of losing their third game of the season at CenturyLink Field."
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com likes Philadelphia by a touchdown, 24-17, "The Seahawks have lost two straight at home, which is unlike them, but this isn’t the same team. The Eagles are flying high and have the pass rush to get after Russell Wilson. Carson Wentz and the Eagles keep it rolling."
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com picks the Seahawks to win 24-23, but his colleague Michael David Smith sees Philadelphia coming away with a 28-21 victory, "Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is playing sensational football, but Seattle’s injuries across the roster are too much for them to beat an Eagles team that looks like the favorite to win the NFC."
Sporting News' David Steele sides with Philadelphia, 24-23, "More NFC juicy goodness. The Seahawks are getting ridiculous in the ways they even stay in the games they lose, with all the players they’ve lost this season. With that, though, they have lost two straight in their once-overwhelming home-field advantage of CenturyLink Field. Philadelphia is markedly better than Washington and Atlanta, the two victors. Nevertheless, winning in such hostile territory would strengthen the Eagles' claim as NFC Super Bowl favorites."
Sam Farmer at the Los Angeles Times has Philadelphia keeping its win streak rolling with a 31-20 victory at CenturyLink Field, "The Seahawks didn’t blow away San Francisco last week, and now they’re facing the best and most physical team in the league. Russell Wilson will test the defense, but visitors prevail."
Chris Simms at BleacherReport.com has the Eagles winning a close one, 24-21, "On paper, the Philadelphia Eagles should win this game hands-down. They're the better team, and their defense should steamroll the Seattle Seahawks offensive line. However, games aren't played on paper, and you never know what's going to happen with the human wild card Russell Wilson on the field. This is a huge game for the Seahawks, who are trying to keep pace in the playoff race. This game is also in Seattle, so I don't expect the Eagles to just roll. However, Philadelphia does have the talent in its front seven to contain Wilson and enough secondary talent to take advantage when he makes a mistake. The Eagles offense is by far better than the Seattle defense right now as well. This game will be close because of where it's played and because of the Wilson factor. Yet, the Eagles have the talent, the balance and the game plan to go into Seattle and win."
Two of eight experts at CBSSports.com predict a Seattle win, four of 10 analysts at ESPN.com project a Seahawks victory, two of five writers at USA Today pick Seattle this weekend, four of eight experts at SBNation.com side with the Seahawks, and one of six polled at SI.com select Seattle to win.Read