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Eagles vs. Seahawks Wild Card Round: TV schedule, storylines, game time and more

Eagles vs. Seahawks Wild Card Round: TV schedule, storylines, game time and more

The fourth-seeded Eagles (9-7) are hosting the fifth-seeded Seahawks (11-5) in a NFC Wild Card game at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon. 

Here’s everything you need to know: 

• 2:30 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP 
• 4:40 p.m.: Eagles vs. Seahawks on NBC10 
• 7:45 p.m.: Eagles Postgame Live on NBCSP 
• 10 p.m.: Birds Outsiders on NBCSP 

The NBC broadcast crew for this game is Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya. Rules analyst Terry McAuley will be in the booth too. You can stream the game here. 

Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin will have the call on 94WIP. 

The Eagles opened as 1-point favorites but the line quickly moved. The Eagles are now home underdogs. 

The referee for Eagles-Seahawks is Shawn Smith, in his second year as a ref. Smith had the Eagles’ Week 15 win against the Redskins on Dec. 15. In that game, the 'Skins were penalized five times for 60 yards; the Eagles were penalized seven times for 54 yards. 

We meet again 

These two teams met six weeks ago and the Seahawks came to Philly and got a 17-9 win. It was the second-lowest point total at home under Doug Pederson and the other was that meaningless Week 17 game against the Cowboys in 2017. 

Back on Nov. 24, the Eagles actually had just four fewer yards than the Seahawks but turned the ball over five times and it killed them. Carson Wentz had a bad game, fumbling the ball three times (losing two) and throwing two interceptions. 

Since Pederson took over as head coach, the Eagles are 0-3 against the Seahawks, who have outscored them by an average of 11 points per game. 

Carson’s 1st playoff game 

This is the third straight year the Eagles have made the playoffs but the last two times they were led by Nick Foles because Wentz was injured. This time, Wentz is healthy and coming off an impressive December as the playoffs begin. 

"I’m just excited for the challenge and the opportunity,” Wentz said. “I’ve been on the sideline the last few years for these games, so I’m pretty pumped for the opportunity." 

All eyes will be on No. 11 on Sunday afternoon. 

Both teams are banged up 

We know about all the injuries the Eagles have sustained this season but the Seahawks are banged up too. Their entire running back group has been decimated, so they needed to bring back Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Former Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks tore his ACL and is out for the season. And the Seahawks will likely still be without left tackle Duane Brown (knee) this week. 

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Eagles hold video meeting with possible sleeper pick WR Quartney Davis

Eagles hold video meeting with possible sleeper pick WR Quartney Davis

The Eagles are exploring all options to fix their wide receiver corps in this month's NFL Draft. Fans want Howie Roseman to spend top-tier draft picks on big-name receivers, but the team doesn't seem fixated on just one round.

Which is why they recently held a video conference with Texas A&M wide receiver Quartney Davis, a possible sleeper wide receiver pick who could be available come the later rounds in the draft, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.

Davis caught 99 passes for 1,201 yards and 11 TD across his two years with Texas A&M. He saw his receptions and yards jump from 2018 to 2019, but his touchdowns and yards per reception both fell.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro explored the Eagles' likely wide receiver options at each level of the draft, and noted Davis could be a solid late-round option to flesh out Carson Wentz's potential weapons.

The Eagles, however, certainly aren't the only team interested in Davis. From Wilson:

"Texas A&M wide receiver Quartney Davis, a rising NFL Draft prospect from Langham Creek High School, has video conferenced with the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings.

"Davis worked out and met privately for the Arizona Cardinals prior to the social distancing edict from the NFL prompted by the coronavirus pandemic."

Davis, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 200 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash at this year's NFL Combine in 4.54 seconds.

It's worth noting that, over the last 20 years, the Eagles have drafted just two wide receivers after the third round who went on to catch at least three touchdowns with the team: Jason Avant and Riley Cooper.

But in a draft noted for its depth at wide receiver, the Eagles are likely checking in on every possible option at the position ahead of April 23.

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NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles could pick these defenders instead of WR in first round

NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles could pick these defenders instead of WR in first round

We're just 15 days from the 2020 NFL Draft, and draft rumors are swirling more than the winds over the Schuylkill. One rumbling we've heard more than once now: the Eagles might be interested in using their No. 21 pick on a defender.

Over at Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, NFL insider Albert Breer answered in a mailbag column one of the hottest questions in this year's draft: Are the Eagles taking a wide receiver in the first round?

And Breer, like Adam Schefter before him, isn't sold. Breer even listed a few possible defensive options the Eagles might like more than, say, LSU wideout Justin Jefferson at No. 21:

I get the idea that Eagles fans are ready to burn the Linc to the ground if Philly doesn’t take one in the first round—given the inactivity in fixing that position this offseason, and awkward contractual spot they’re in with Alshon Jeffery. But I’m not totally convinced it happens.

(...) 

Let’s say (Xavier) McKinney is there. Or K’Lavon Chaisson is there. Or (CJ) Henderson is there and the value in pairing him with Darius Slay, and fixing the corner spot once and for all, is too great.

And to further this, let’s say (Ceedee) Lamb and (Jerry) Jeudy are gone. If Henry Ruggs is there, maybe you take him. Or maybe you think to yourself that taking one of the others makes sense, knowing a similar player, in K.J. Hamler, might be around in Round 2. If Ruggs is gone? Then, it’d seem, the value of the defensive guys may further outdistance, say, Justin Jefferson.

The odds say Jefferson is a likely pick for the Eagles, and they've been linked to him many times. But is that more out of convenience and perceived fit?

Howie Roseman is nothing if not a guy who wants to get value out of his draft picks, and if he thinks the best value at No. 21 is taking a cornerback like CJ Henderson instead of a wide receiver like Jefferson, he'll make the defender move every time.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank examined today some possible options at wide receiver who might be available in the third round. This is a deep wide receiver draft.

Eagles fans are, indeed, hungry for a young star wide receiver. Roseman knows this, but he still might zig on draft night when fans want him to zag.

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