The playoff race in the NFC is beginning to intensify and two of the powerhouses face off as the Seattle Seahawks travel to the city of brotherly love to play the Philadelphia Eagles.
Both teams are coming off two consecutive convincing wins with a lot of momentum.
Philadelphia laid an egg on their visit to Green Bay, but have responded with the type performances you expect from a super bowl contender. They dominated a putrid Tennessee Titans, as expected, but then made a resounding statement on Thanksgiving afternoon in Dallas. The Eagles entered the game as underdogs and just about every expert favored Dallas in this crucial rivalry game; and were they ever wrong to do so.
Can the Eagles build on Cowboys win?
The Eagles dominated the Cowboys on both sides of the ball, tiring out the Cowboys defense with the reemergence of Lesean McCoy, and a very efficient performance from Mark Sanchez.
Defensively, Philly shocked the sports world with the way they manhandled what seemed to be an impenetrable offensive line in Dallas, sacking Tony Romo 4 times; not to mention holding the NFL’S leading rusher, Demarco Murry, to 73 yards and 3.6 yards per carry.
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Seattle, on the other hand, is starting to look like the intimidating team they were last season. After two straight division wins against the Cardinals and 49ers, in which they held both teams to three points, their defense makes them a serious threat in the NFC once again.
Although Seattle is a very good team, let’s pump the brakes on them for just a moment and see how they play against Philadelphia’s fast-tempo offense. Yes, their wins against Arizona and San Francisco were dominant, but Arizona is not the same team with Drew Stanton at quarterback, and the 49ers are just not that good of a team any longer because of their unimpressive quarterback play.
For those Colin Kaepernick fans who are still clinging on to the assumption that he is a good QB, think again. The man has a 52.7 QBR while having the support of a really good defense and having solid weapons at his disposal; his play has been diminishing, and he has always been wildly inaccurate.
Philadelphia has won 10 straight games at Lincoln Financial Field, and through the 2014 season they’re averaging about 37 points per game there. Chip Kelly’s game plan should feature a heavy dose of Shady McCoy. Over the last two games, McCoy has averaged around 145 yards with 6.3 yards per carry and Seattle has shown it can be vulnerable against the run even though the stats show otherwise.
Rams, Cowboys, and the Chiefs defeated Seattle by running the ball effectively, and with McCoy rolling, look for him to carry this Eagles offense.
Seattle can win this game by forcing the Eagles into making mistakes. Eagles enter this matchup turning over the ball 28 times thus far, the most in the NFL at just above two a game.
PREDICTION: EAGLES 27 SEAHAWKS 20
Philadelphia is dominant in the Linc and with Lesean McCoy having a big game and their defense getting after Wilson, while also neutralizing Lynch, the Eagles keep their streak going.