#PHIvsSEA Sunday Night Football: Picks & Predictions

Despite notable injuries, Brady Henderson at ESPN.com believes the Seahawks have enough going for them to pull off a 24-23 upset victory, “The Seahawks are six-point underdogs at home, but ESPN’s Football Power Index sees this as a much tighter matchup than Las Vegas, favoring the Eagles by just 0.6 percent. The formula on offense for a Seahawks victory is not a revolutionary one: run the ball, control the clock and keep the NFL’s highest-scoring offense off the field. Seattle’s running game has been nonexistent this season outside of Wilson scrambles, but there are two reasons for optimism this week: Mike Davis likely will return to the backfield, and the Seahawks finally have their desired offensive line playing together with left guard Luke Joeckelback from injury and playing alongside new left tackle Duane Brown. Seattle’s secondary hasn’t experienced the drop-off that many expected it to when Sherman and Chancellor went down, holding its last two opponents to under 200 passing yards. The Eagles are the better team, but the Seahawks are at home and have enough going for them to pull off an upset win.”
Danny O’Neil at 710Sports.com previews Sunday’s matchup, predicting a 31-27 Seattle win and noting, “The Seahawks win if … they score a touchdown on their opening possession. That’s something that hasn’t happened in any of Seattle’s past 24 regular-season games. Philadelphia scores an average of 7 points in the first quarter, most of any team in the league. The Seahawks averaged less than half of that, ranking 20th in the league in first-quarter points. But Seattle ranks No. 1 in fourth-quarter points. The key for the Seahawks will be to keep the Eagles from running away with the game early, and against the league’s highest-scoring team, the best defense is going to be a capable offense.
Jim Moore at 710Sports.com sees the Eagles coming away with a decisive victory, 34-17, “When you look at all of the numbers behind the Eagles’ 10-1 start, it’s easier to see why they’re favored by 5 1/2 points over the Seahawks Sunday night. But it’s still strange – the Seahawks had not been a home underdog in five years until they played Atlanta two weeks ago. The Falcons were one-point favorites at kickoff. Now here the Seahawks are, underdogs for a second straight time at home, in danger of losing their third game of the season at CenturyLink Field.” Seahawks.com

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