Eagles-Seahawks NFL Week 12 predictions 2019

Eagles-Seahawks NFL Week 12 predictions 2019

The Eagles (5-5) host the Seahawks (8-2) on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

To the predictions:

Reuben Frank (4-6)

There was a 38-0 loss at the Vet in 1998, the fifth-worst opening-day loss in NFL history. There was a 42-0 loss at the Linc in 2005 on the night the Eagles retired Reggie White’s number. Those happen to be the Eagles’ two worst home losses in the last 44 years. Here come the Seahawks to Philly again, and while this one won’t be a blowout ultimately the result will be the same as the last four Eagles-Seahawks meetings. A loss. The Eagles haven’t beaten the Seahawks since 2008 (Donovan McNabb over Seneca Wallace), and they haven’t beaten them here since 1989 (Randall Cunningham over Dave Krieg). I like the way the Eagles’ defense is playing, but Russell Wilson is having an MVP-caliber season, and the combination of too much Wilson and a lackluster offense against a mediocre Seahawks defense makes this a tough one.

Seahawks 23, Eagles 16

Dave Zangaro (5-5)

Coming into this two-game stretch, I thought the Eagles had a better shot at beating the Patriots than they did against the Seahawks. Even after the loss to New England, I still feel that way. So that doesn’t bode well for the Eagles. They have never beaten Russell Wilson and now he’s playing the best football in his life. Sure, this Seahawks’ defense isn’t nearly as good as New England’s but I just don’t have confidence in the Eagles’ offense right now. I think it’ll be closer than some other recent games against Seattle, but I don’t think the Eagles will win against a Seahawks team that has been very good in close games this year.

Seahawks 27, Eagles 24

Derrick Gunn (4-6)

Hopefully, the Eagles learned from their mistakes against New England. When you get a good team down, find a way to keep them down. Injuries are hurting the Birds on offense. Lane Johnson could be out because of a concussion. Jordan Howard, Alshon Jeffery, and even Nelson Agholor are nicked up. Hopefully, the addition of Jay Ajayi will give their run game a jolt. The Birds’ defense has played much better since the return of Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, and Avonte Maddox. Now Nigel Bradham is back after missing the last four games.

All the Eagles’ defense has to do is find a way to corral Russell Wilson which is easier said than done. All Wilson is doing is having an MVP campaign. He is Houdini in cleats, and the longer he’s scrambling around the more likely he is to find one of his targets. His favorite target Tyler Lockett, who suffered a shin bruise Week 10 against the 49ers, is expected to play. Then there’s DK Metcalf, Josh Gordon, and Jaron Brown to chase around. Chris Carson leads a very effective Seahawks ground attack. The Birds can run on this Hawks defense but they have to stay committed to it. Carson Wentz will be under the microscope once again in a big-time game. It’s not like Seattle has been dominating opponents. Seven of their eight wins have been by a combined 24 points. The Eagles have never beaten Wilson. Maybe one day they will, but not this time.

Seahawks 27, Eagles 20

Ray Didinger (4-6)

Does anyone else find it odd that the Eagles are favored in this game? Why would that be? The Seahawks are 8-2, coming off a huge win over the 49ers and a bye week. They are unbeaten on the road (5-0) and their only two losses are to Baltimore and New Orleans who might just be the best two teams in the league.

So why are the 5-5 Eagles favored to beat them? Yes, the game is at the Linc but this isn't 2017 when the Eagles were bulletproof at home. This season they have already lost home games to a mediocre Lions team and the Patriots on a day when Tom Brady didn't throw a touchdown pass. I thought the Eagles could pull off the upset last week and they had their chances but couldn't get it done.

I can only assume there are people who see this as a "desperate team playing at home" scenario so they are betting it that way. I just think the Eagles are due to play a good game and the Seahawks who have won a lot of close ones including two in a row in overtime are due to lose one.

Eagles 23, Seahawks 20

Andrew Kulp (6-4)

The Eagles have never been particularly close to beating Russell Wilson in three tries, and at age 30, he's having without a doubt his best season to date (take note, Wentz bashers -- quarterbacks improve with experience!)

Yet, oddly enough, the banged up 5-5 Eagles are favored ever so slightly against an 8-2 opponent with a legitimate MVP under center. I have two thoughts on this. First, home field advantage is huge here, as west coast teams with 1 p.m. east coast kickoffs are at a huge disadvantage, losing something like two-thirds of said match-ups. And second, quite simply, the Seahawks defense is subpar.

It crossed my mind I might be the only person picking the Eagles here, so I'm risking my lead in the standings here. But the defense has been improved of late and could give the Seahawks offense fits, especially early when they're still on west coast time, while for all the grief Wentz is getting for last week, he should be able to guide the offense down the field a few times against this crew.

Eagles 26, Seahawks 23

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What Patrick Mahomes' historic contract means for Andy Reid

What Patrick Mahomes' historic contract means for Andy Reid

It took Andy Reid 21 years to win the first one. Wild guess it won't take quite as long to win No. 2.

The news Monday that the Chiefs have agreed to a 10-year contract extension with 24-year-old Pat Mahomes means that Reid and Mahomes will be together essentially as long as Reid wants.

Mahomes is now signed through 2031, and the Reid we saw last year brilliantly leading the Chiefs to the Super Bowl championship sure didn’t look like anybody who was slowing down or thinking about retiring.

The Reid we saw at the end with the Eagles seemed weary, burned out. I thought he’d take a year off before even considering another job, but he resurfaced immediately with the Chiefs and the change rejuvenated him.

He's even better now.

The way he’s going now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Reid coaches until he’s 70. Marv Levy coached until he was 72 and Dick Vermeil until he was 69. Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick are 68, Bruce Arians is 67.

Reid isn’t slowing down. If anything, the Reid-Mahomes partnernship has given him new life. 

In his first full season under Reid, Mahomes threw 50 touchdowns — second-most in NFL history — and then last year he won a Super Bowl, averaging 39 points and overcoming double-digit deficits in the three playoff wins.

You get the feeling watching Reid these days that he learned from every mistake he made during his 14 years with the Eagles. And there were plenty of them.

He had a heck of a quarterback in Donovan McNabb, but other than one blip in 2004, he never surrounded him with enough weapons. He’s got an even better quarterback in Mahomes, and he and brilliant GM Brett Veach, who started out as an intern with the Eagles in 2004, have stockpiled the roster with electrifying playmakers.

One thing about Reid: He’s quiet and humble, but he loves to win football games more than just about anything, and he’s got a chance to win a lot over these next several years.


With Tom Brady turning 43 next month and now in Tampa, the balance of power in the AFC has shifted. Right over to Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs are the best team in the conference and the Ravens, coached by Reid’s pal John Harbaugh, are next. They also have an elite young quarterback and a stocked roster. But then what? Nobody else in the AFC is close. The Texans are pretty good, but the Chiefs scored 51 on them in that wild comeback win in January. The Titans and Bills are competitive but don't look like Super Bowl teams.

Bottom line is the Chiefs have the best quarterback in the NFL and the second- or third-best head coach, depending where you want to put Sean Payton.

They're not going away anytime soon.

Belichick and Brady won six championships together.

Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr won five.

Those duos are untouchable.

Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw won four and Bill Walsh and Joe Montana three, and a handful of other combos won two, including Jimmy Johnson and Troy Aikman, Mike Shanahan and John Elway, and Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning.

Reid  got a late start. Didn’t win the first one until he was 61. But he’s not done yet.

Would it surprise anybody if the Chiefs win two or three more Lombardi trophies over the next six or seven years?

Let’s say Big Red coaches until he’s 70. Not that far-fetched. Belichick and Carroll are going to hit that in 2022.

That’s nine more seasons. Mahomes is now under contract for all of them. 

As long Mahomes is healthy, the Chiefs are going to be one of the NFL’s most dangerous teams.

And Reid knows how to win. He’s had three losing seasons in his career, including his very first, and he’s averaged 10 wins per year. He’s seventh in NFL history in wins. He's already a Hall of Famer.

And Mahomes? All he has is the highest passer rating in NFL history … by far.

When you have a Hall of Fame coach and the best QB in the game? We all saw last year what can happen.

The only head coaches to win at least three Super Bowls are Belichick, Noll, Joe Gibbs and Walsh.

Pretty good company.

If the Chiefs win two more before Big Red hangs 'em up, you can add his name to that list.

And by the time he’s done, the guy who was once known for never winning the Super Bowl could very well be known as the guy who won more Super Bowls than almost anybody. 

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Have Eagles really done enough to fix wide receiver position?

Have Eagles really done enough to fix wide receiver position?

Conventional wisdom says the Eagles upgraded the wide receiver position this offseason.

Not like they had any choice.

Their wide receiver production was the worst in modern Eagles history.

• So bad that for the first time since 1966 they didn’t have a wide receiver with 500 yards.

• So bad that they didn’t have any WRs ranked in the top 65 in the NFL in yards.

• So bad that they didn’t have a receiver all year record consecutive games with at least 65 yards. 

• So bad that the five receivers that suited up for the playoff game against the Seahawks had a combined 55 career receptions.

• So bad that Doug Pederson fired Carson Walch and hired Aaron Moorehead as the team's sixth WRs coach in six years.

It was time for a total rebuild, and that’s what Howie Roseman did.

But as we wait to see what form — if any — a 2020 NFL season takes, the reality is that there isn’t a single sure thing in the restructured Eagles wide receiver corps.

Every single guy is a big, giant question mark.

There are once-great veterans. Youngsters with potential. Long shots who could be keepers.

But there isn’t one guy who you can safely say, “OK, he’s going to catch 65 passes for 850 yards and seven touchdowns this year.”

Yet the Eagles rank sixth in projected 2020 wide receiver spending at $34.1 million, according to Spotrac.

The Eagles currently have 14 wide receivers on the roster. We broke them down into five categories.

Who will wind up making the team? Who will wind up starting? Who will wind up contributing? 

How good will they really be?

A lot of projecting so far. A lot of unknowns. And a lot of hoping.

One-time Pro Bowlers

DeSean Jackson is 33 years old and Alshon Jeffery is 30. Jeffery got significant snaps in only eight games last year and Jackson in just one, although it was an explosive one. Neither has made a Pro Bowl since 2013, both are coming off serious injuries and both are at an age where even healthy receivers begin declining.

Jackson is on the books with an $8.6 million cap figure this year and Jeffery a whopping $15.45 million. The Eagles need production at those numbers. But how much can they expect from Jackson and Jeffery?

Reclamation project

The Eagles gave up virtually nothing to take speedy Marquise Goodwin and his bloated contract off the 49ers’ hands. 

But what are they getting in Goodwin? A guy who has 35 catches the last two years, has averaged 332 yards in his seven NFL seasons and has caught 30 passes just once, in his excellent 2017 season.

Goodwin has a $4.28 million cap figure, so if he makes the team, he better produce. But what does he have left? And can the Eagles get enough of a sense of what they have in Goodwin in a curtailed offseason to make that $4.28 million commitment?

Young draft picks

The real key to this wide receiving corps isn’t Jackson, Jeffery or Goodwin. It’s the 23-year-old JJ Arcega-Whiteside and the 21-year-old Jalen Reagor, the Eagles’ second- and first-round draft picks the last two years.

Reagor was the 21st pick this year and you’d expect a sizeable contribution as a rookie. JJAW was terrible last year but you’d hope for a big jump in Year 2. The reality is Roseman has never drafted an elite wide receiver. Or even a better-than-average one.

Reagor and/or JJAW have to end that streak.

Practice squad posse

Greg Ward is the closest thing to a sure thing the Eagles have, and he’s played seven games in his career. He had nearly half the catches by Eagles WRs the last seven games of the season (28 of 59). But it's still a very small body of work.

Deontay Burnett had a big 41-yard catch against the Giants — the fourth-longest catch of the year by an Eagles WR — and Ward, Burnett, Robert Davis, Marcus Green and Shelton Gibson make it Eagles six 2019 practice squad receivers currently on the roster. Can any of them really be factors?

Rookie long shots

Rookie fifth-round pick John Hightower and sixth-rounder Quez Watkins are both late-round speeders. Manasseh Bailey had a fine career at Morgan State and Khalil Tate is trying to convert from quarterback to wide out, much like Ward did after playing QB at Houston.

Hightower probably has the best shot from this group to make the team and find his way onto the field, but at this point, without OTAs or preseason games, they’re all long shots.

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