In the final matchup of Wild Card Weekend, we have a rematch from about six weeks ago, when the Seattle Seahawks pulled off an eight-point win against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, these teams look very different, and that is because of injuries, which is the theme of this game. Which team will emerge from Wild Card Weekend victorious?
Seahawks at Eagles Odds and Info
All odds taken from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Opening Lines: SEA -1.5, O/U 46
- Moneyline: SEA: (+100) | PHI: (-114)
- Spread: SEA: +1.5 (-115) | PHI: -1.5 (-105)
- Total: 45.5 – Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)
- Location: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
- Start Time: 4:40 p.m. EST
- Coverage: NBC
- Seattle Seahawks: OT Duane Brown (Out), WR Malik Turner (Out), WR Jaron Brown (Q), G Mike Iupati (Q)
- Philadelphia Eagles: WR Nelson Agholor (Out), G Brandon Brooks (Out), OT Lane Johnson (Out), TE Zach Ertz (Q)
As a run-first team, the Seahawks had about as bad of a finish to the regular season as the could have, losing all three of their top running backs on the depth chart. Aside from rookie Travis Homer, Seattle decided to turn back the clock and re-sign Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin to fill out the backfield. Needless to say, the running game is not as strong as it once was, but they still performed admirably last week, running for 125 yards against the 49ers. Still, the rebuilt backfield puts more pressure on Russell Wilson and the passing game. Wilson finished the season with 4,110 passing yards and 31 touchdowns, showing he can perform no matter who he has for receivers. They have also struggled defensively down the stretch, giving up 27 points per game over their past five weeks. They are lucky to have a first-round game where they match up well with their opponent, with the Eagles struggling to field playmakers.
The Eagles are really beat up offensively. They are without the right side of their offensive line, with Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson out. They are without their top three wide receivers, with Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor out. They are likely without their top receiver, with tight end Zach Ertz not being cleared for contact. Their next best offensive weapon, rookie running back Miles Sanders, is self-admittedly playing through an injury. They are lucky to have the advantage of playing at home, where anything can happen in the playoffs, but it’s tough to imagine this beat-up offense wins a playoff game.
- Seattle is 9-4 straight up in its last 13 games.
- Seattle is 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games against Philadelphia.
- Philadelphia is 4-1 straight up in its last five games.
- The total has hit the under in each of Philadelphia’s last six home games.
- The Seahawks lead the all-time series with the Eagles, 10-7.
- Last Meeting: November 24, 2019 — The Seahawks defeated the Eagles, 17-9, at Lincoln Financial Field.
All odds taken from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Dallas Goedert – Receiving Yards: Over 48.5 (-112) — I do not know how Zach Ertz could get medically cleared to play in this game, but even if he does somehow get cleared, he will not play his full load of snaps, opening the door for Dallas Goedert as the top receiving weapon no matter what. In Ertz’s absence last week, Goedert turned a team-high 10 targets into 65 yards. He has gained more than 48.5 yards in four of his last five games. Seattle has allowed the third-most yards to tight ends this season, averaging 68.7 allowed per game.
I couldn’t give you a good reason for the Seahawks being underdogs in this game. While both offenses are banged up, Seattle is healthier, still having their top two pass catchers active and healthy. The Eagles are missing their best two offensive linemen, which is not good news with Jadeveon Clowney coming to town. He didn’t get to play in this matchup the first time around, but you can bet that his presence will be felt on Sunday. If I’m picking a quarterback to make a play and win the game, I’m taking Wilson. He is the better player with the healthier weapons, and it is a pretty good matchup with this Eagles defense, who have allowed the ninth-most passing yards in the league over the past five weeks (1,395).
Pick: Seahawks (+100)