Prime time returns to the Emerald City, bringing Kelly Green with it. The Eagles come in as the hottest team in the NFL, boasting a 10-1 record, and look to cement their reputation against the team which has been the class of the NFC for years. The Seahawks have already suffered two home losses this season – can they avoid a third?
It won’t be easy. The Eagles rank sixth in total defense, third in offense, including second in rushing. They are first in points per game, at nearly 32. Their biggest weakness is probably their schedule; they have only played two teams with a winning record, the Chiefs in Week 2 – while Kansas City was on fire – and Carolina. They lost to the Chiefs but beat the Panthers. No other team they have played is even at .500. Seattle has had a slightly tougher schedule. Green Bay lost Aaron Rodgers shortly after the Week 1 road loss, and Washington strung together a perfect drive to beat them at home.
How will the Eagles fare against the Seahawks then? We have some indications. Wentz, for all the praise heaped upon him, has been two different quarterbacks at times. He has logged six games with a completion percentage under 60 percent. Despite having a stellar offensive line and top-flight running game, his average in the under-60 games is 54.36 percent. Interestingly, Russell Wilson has six games of under 60 percent as well with an average of 56.30 percent. Wilson has over 1,700 yards, Carson is at 1,375. Even without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman, Seattle’s pass defense is stout. Is Wentz good enough to take advantage of the absences?
That will largely depend on the running game. It has been outstanding this year and only got better with the mid-season addition of Jay Ajayi. Even banged up, Seattle’s defense run defense remains strong – in the top 10 in yards and yards per attempt. If they can limit the rushing game and force Wentz to air it out, the pass defense should simply be able to do their job.
Of course, that’s only half the story . . . can Wilson get going against the Eagles defense? Perhaps. While Philadelphia’s overall defense and rush defense are both in the top five, their pass defense rates 16th. The Seahawks coaching staff is trying to jump-start the running game, and while this hardly seems the matchup to do it, it’s so crazy it just might work. J.D. McKissic is electric in space, and Mike Davis looked solid between the tackles before getting injured against the Falcons. Can they finally put it together, behind a line that finally looks to be an asset instead of a liability with the addition of Duane Brown and the return of Luke Joeckel?
Tune in to KING 5 at 5:30 p.m. Sunday to find out. Stream the game online with NBC Sunday Night Football