You have Sanchez against his old college coach, two of the bigger college coaching names since 2000 now in the NFL, a lot of story lines heading into this one.
The Eagles in first place, the Seahawks trying to inch one step closer to getting into that position with a win over the Eagles.
The Seahawks are a run first football team, it’s about feeding Lynch but you also have to plan for the athleticism and scrambling ability of Wilson. After trading Harvin to the Jets, it’s really a bunch of versatile role players at the wide receiver and tight-end position, interchangeable guys that are smarter than talented. They like to control the clock, grind down other teams with the run and use the play-action and run option to account for the big play.
The Eagles could care less about how many minutes they chew up on the clock. They can run the football as good as anyone, but are also 5th in the league with the passing game and have several playmakers at the receiver position for the “Legion of Boom” to contend with. The Eagles will be moving players around like a game of chess on warped speed.
The Seahawks have arguably the best all-around defense in the NFL and have been hitting on all cylinders the last two weeks. Sherman is a shut-down cornerback, and loves to run his mouth and I’m certain the Eagles crowd will be showing him some “brotherly” love. Irvin, Thomas, Wagner, the list goes on and on with premium talent. The Seahawks play a cover 3 scheme. They run a variety of stunts and twists with their linebackers and front line and can take over a football game. They are going to look to get their hands on the Eagle receivers and have someone assigned to McCoy.
The Eagles have had games of dominance and others where they have been shredded. They have players who have been playing terrific football in Barwin and Cox. The Eagles can make plays as a unit. They can force fumbles, collect sacks in large chunks and can take one to the house at any point. The Seahawks don’t turn over the football much, but Wilson can be sacked.
-The “12th man has nothing on what the Eagles crowd will look and sound like on Sunday
-The Eagles defense/special team units will have more “big” plays than the Seahawks
EAGLES 27 SEAHAWKS 23