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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