Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks Pick and Prediction – NFL Week 13
Week 13’s Sunday Night Football matchup sure is a doozy. The Philadelphia Eagles, winners of 9 straight games and owners of the NFL’s best record, will hit the road for their toughest test yet when they take on the Seahawks in Seattle. The Seahawks are 7-4, but they sit just a game back of the L.A. Rams for first place in the NFC West.
This matchup will be one of strength vs. strength. The Eagles’ offense has been firing on all cylinders all season long. Philly has put at least 30 points on the board in 5 straight games and in 7 of their 11 games so far this season.
Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz was inconsistent as a rookie, but at this point you’d have to call him the frontrunner to win league MVP. That’s quite a leap, but Wentz has been even better than advertised. The hulking 6’5” North Dakota State product has completed 60.2 percent of his throws for 2,657 yards along with 28 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions. Last year, Wentz finished the year with 16 passing scores and 14 picks.
Wentz and the Eagles’ offense had an easy time of it last week at home against the lowly Bears. Philadelphia established a 24-0 lead by halftime and didn’t look back. This team hasn’t only been winning, they’ve been winning in dominant fashion. The Eagles’ margins of victory in their recent games has been 28, 28, 28, 23, 10, 5 and 27. The numbers are staggering.
Let’s not overlook the job the Eagles’ defense has done of late. In their last 2 games, they have held the Cowboys and Bears to a total of just 12 points. Obviously, those are two subpar offenses at this point, but holding an opponent to single digits at the NFL level is impressive nevertheless.
Seahawks’ Injury Issues
The Seahawks haven’t quite lived up to expectations this season, and part of that can be blamed on injuries. Seattle has lost a number of key contributors, particularly on defense. Richard Sherman is done for the year with a blown Achilles. Kam Chancellor is also out for the season with a neck issue. Earl Thomas, one of the league’s top safeties, has missed practice this week with heel problems. Cliff Avril is also out for the year with a neck injury.
Still, the Seahawks are primed for yet another playoff appearance, thanks in large part to the continued stellar play of Russell Wilson. Despite having to play behind a fairly shoddy offensive line, Wilson has continued to put up numbers. The 29-year-old has completed better than 62 percent of his passes for 3,029 yards with 23 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Wilson has also rushed for over 400 yards with another trio of TDs.
While Seattle has injury problems, this is still going to be a tough matchup for the Eagles. Few teams go into Seattle and win, especially in prime time. CenturyLink Field is going to be rocking, which should give the home team a bit of an edge despite their shorthanded status.
While it’s understandable that the Eagles are favorites, the spread looks a little wide. Betting against the Seahawks on their home field is a risky proposition. Even if Philly does pull out a win here, it’s tough to go against the Seahawks +6 at home.