Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles – NFL Week 12

Seahawks (7-3) at Eagles (3-6-1)

Series

Seattle has a healthy 11-7 lead in the series as the Seahawks have won the last six in a row, including two identical 17-9 decisions last season. The later was a first round game in last season’s NFC playoffs where the ‘Hawks held Philadelphia to three field goals. The earlier meeting saw Philly score only one touchdown which was a late Carson Wentz-to-Zach Ertz pass play. Seattle’s defense was a totally different animal then.

Vs. The Spread

Seattle pops in at 7-3 ATS while all three of those losses have been at home. Philadelphia is 3-7 ATS with two of those three wins at The Link. Seattle is 6-0 ATS in the last six games in Philadelphia while the total has gone OVER in four of the Seahawks’ last six games. The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Philadelphia’s last 12 games at home and the total is UNDER in the last five Seahawks-Eagles matchups.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Seahawks -6.5 (-105) -275 O 49 (-105)
Eagles +6.5 (-115) +230 U 49 (-115)

Last week

Seattle finally got back into the win column with a 28-21 passing of the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. The Seahawks’ defense had it’s best game to date as it held Arizona to only 314 total yards as Kyler Murray threw for 269 yards, but the Cards’ rushing attack only managed 18 carries for 57 yards.

The Eagles dropped a 22-17 decision at Cleveland where Carson Wentz was intercepted twice, once for a pick-6, and then he was dropped for a safety. Philadelphia’s offense was rendered ineffective once again as it managed just 315 yards.

When Seattle Has the Ball

Seattle Seahawks LogoQuarterback Russell Wilson has to play make and the pressure has been squarely on him to do so with running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde in and out of the line up with injuries. Carson returns to Monday Night Football after a four-game absence due to injuries. Wilson needs that presence in order to accentuate his passing game and take off on the run when the game dictates. Wide receiver DK Metcalf continues his assault on NFL secondaries with 18 yards per catch while hauling in 48 receptions for 862 yards.

Defensively, the Eagles have to figure out a way to make Wilson have to beat them by himself. In the losses and when he turned the ball over, the running backs were injured and he couldn’t relax and operate. A bad sign for Philadelphia is a secondary that only has three interceptions on the season.

When Philadelphia Has the Ball

Philadelphia Eagles LogoWentz has thrown 14 interceptions, six games with multiple picks, and the boo birds are lining up in Philly asking Doug Pederson for a quarterback change. Rookie Jalen Hurts can be heard is warming up in the bullpen. Wentz can only take so much of the blame with little talent with staying power at the skill positions and he has also been sacked 40 times. Greg Ward (40), a former quarterback at Houston, and Travis Fulgham (451) are the leaders in receptions and yards, but they do not scare anybody.

The injury-riddled Seahawks defense will still be without Quinton Dunbar and Shaquill Griffin. Benson Mayowa and K.J. Wright should play. The world has been aghast at the struggles of the Seahawks defense, but it was rebuilding with young players and then with the waves of injuries hit so it still allows an average of 349 passing yards per game. Seattle cleaned that up some last week in the win over the Cardinals.

NFL Betting Predictions

Winner: Seahawks (-6.5) 27, Eagles 15
Over-Under: Take Under 49

The Bets
Seattle Seahawks -6.5
-105
Under 49
-115
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