The Seahawks go on the road in the Wild Card round of the playoffs to take on the Eagles. Seattle will win and this is why.
The first time Philadelphia and Seattle squared off in 2019, the Seahawks were two throws away from an absolute blowout and it took a garbage-time touchdown to get the game to within one score. And Seattle won even though Russell Wilson had a bad game.
But the Seahawks were healthier then. So were the Eagles. If you had to pick the two most banged-up teams entering the playoffs, it would be these two. Both teams are missing Pro Bowl-caliber players. It really is incredible how much has changed in a month.
But unlike the Seahawks, the Eagles just kept winning down the stretch. They found success in the run game utilizing Boston Scott and Miles Sanders. Carson Wentz played the best he has since 2017. The defense is still a solid unit.
Anything taken from that first matchup is tough to work with. So much has changed since, like Seattle losing Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise. However, I still think the Seahawks are the better team even with all their injuries.
The offense looked fantastic in the second half against San Francisco. Travis Homer and Marshawn Lynch eased concerns about the running game. George Fant stabilized the left tackle spot. And D.K. Metcalf continued to show real growth.
This game comes down to whether or not the Seahawks defense shows up. Their best showing of the season came against the Eagles and their weaponry will be similar to what it was in the first matchup. Plus, Seattle should get safety Quandre Diggs back after he has missed several weeks with an injury.
Overall, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Philly win this game, but I think the Seahawks win this matchup 65 percent of the time so I’ll take them to advance to the divisional round in a hard-fought, 27-24 victory.