Take a look at what the Seahawks (6-2-1) are saying about the Eagles (5-4) before the two teams meet in Week 11 at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. PT with television coverage on CBS (channel 7 in Seattle).
Head Coach Pete Carroll
(On Eagles head coach Doug Pederson's offense...) "The concepts, the guys get the opportunity to choose the concepts they want to put out. They've got a variety of good runs, style wise. They utilize the quarterback enough to give you the concern coming off the run fakes out of the shot gun. They have a variety of runners that they use that are really good and show that they fit. They have a good average per carry with their group. The passing game, they've chosen the good, hard stuff to deal with. Nice concepts and all that stuff. We see a really well designed conceptual attack with a quarterback that can make all the throws and running backs who can break plays and all that. They got a big wide receiver and they got a couple fast guys, three tight ends that can play and run routes and do things for you. It's just a good group. Offensive line is very solid with experience. It's just a good group in general. There's no easy spots there to deal with."
(On Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz...) "He's totally equipped to play. They haven't had to simplify it to the point where they take it down a notch for a rookie. He's able to make checks and kill calls and change plays one side to another. He's dealing with protections, he can throw a variety of throws, he can run well. He's a good athlete, he can make good decisions in space and he knows how to do that. He throws well on the run, he's a really good player and he's going to be a great player as he just gains the experience."
(On the Eagles' special teams...)"We think they're as good as any team we've played. We think they're really good. Well schemed and all that, but they have players in their core group that really play hard and aggressive and tough and effective and we've already recognized that and taken that into account. It's going to be a great matchup. Our guys play hard, too. We have a really good group also, but these guys are going to call on us to be our best."
Defensive Coordinator Kris Richard
(On the Eagles' running backs and passing game...)"The backs have certainly been a strength on their offense, no doubt about it. Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, they're guys that have a great impact on this league for many years now. Obviously when you're dealing with a young quarterback, it's always good to have a good running game. Their offensive line has done a good job of getting out on the perimeter. They have some gap trap schemes like that … running some stretches. It is going to be a fantastic challenge. We think we match up well, obviously we have to go out there and show that we do. They've done a really good job in regards to their game planning, effective play calling to put the quarterback in the best position possible. It does start with their running backs."
(On Eagles running back Darren Sproles...)"He's a smaller guy but he's quick, he's fast, he's powerful. He's a competitive guy and he's got the proverbial chip on his shoulder that you've seen throughout the years. Kind of like a lot of guys on our football team has. You can tell the guy has been told what he couldn't do his whole entire life and he's proved everybody wrong."
SS Kam Chancellor
(On what stands out to him about the Eagles offense...) "They have great personnel. [Carson] Wentz gets the guys the ball, he's mobile, that's another thing I see about him, he's pretty mobile and pretty fast. They utilize [Darren] Sproles very well, especially in open field they try to get him the ball and he can make people miss. That's the biggest thing, they know what they want to do and they know where they want to attack. They do a good job at it."
QB Russell Wilson
(On the challenges for a rookie quarterback like Carson Wentz coming into a place like Seattle...)"Playing at CenturyLink [Field] and playing in Seattle, there's no crowd like it. There's no crowd in football or sports, in my opinion, like the Seattle crowd and the fans here. It's going to be tough, it's going to be a tough environment for him, but he's a great football player. I really like Carson Wentz as a quarterback and as a person, too. I've seen him from a distance and kind of watched and observed the type of person that he is. He's a great competitor, great football player. He leads his football team in a great way, and what he's done is not easy to do. He's had a great season so far. I know our defense will be ready, I know it will be a battle. Their defense and offense will be ready. Two great teams, a lot of great players going after it. Carson, I have a lot of respect for him and he's going to be a great football player for a long time."
Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell
(On this week's game against the Eagles...) "Good to be back home this week. Come back to CenturyLink [Field] in front of our 12s, excited to be home. We're playing Philly, Philly has a really good front and that's probably the biggest factor of this game for us. We have to do a great job in protection and obviously in run block. Probably one of the better fronts that we're facing and we have to make sure we handle that well."
(On the Eagles' defensive front...)"Well they're talented. I think talent is one and just the tenacity they have. Really the two guys off the edge [defensive ends Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin], they kind of have great motors. They don't quit, they work hard each and every play, they don't take plays off. They have two of the better tackles, a Pro Bowl tackle with [Fletcher] Cox inside. It's a really good front four and they have a couple solid backups that can help them in there. It's going to be a good test for us."
CB Richard Sherman
(On if there's any excitement going against a rookie quarterback that hasen't faced this defense before...)"It's the same. Pete [Carroll] keeps us away from getting too excited about anything or too down or treating any game different than any other game. Championship game, championship mentality. We'll treat him the same way we treat Tom [Brady]."
(On his impression of Carson Wentz...)"He does a great job of hitting the open man. Reading the defense and taking what's given to him. They do a great job of simplifying the playbook and making sure his reads are right there in front of him."
(On what he sees from the Eagles' running backs...)"They're using [Darren] Sproles the way people always used Sproles. They get him in screens, they scat him out. They run Texas routes with him. They hand him the ball on draw plays and things like that. He's still explosive at whatever age he is. He's still explosive, he's still making big plays, he's still making impact. They use [Ryan] Mathews the same way. They hand the ball more to Mathews, they try to make sure they get him involved and you have to respect it."
The Seahawks and the Eagles have played 14 times, splitting their all-time series 7-7. The two teams will face off again this Sunday during Week 11 at CenturyLink Field.