The Seahawks are a banged-up group going into their Wild Card game, but so are the Eagles. Therefore this game will be decided by the players on the field.
I realize that intro reads funny. Of course, the players during a given game will decide the outcome. But if the Seahawks lose, they will not have the excuse of being a pretty injury-riddled team. The reason for this is the Eagles will have the same excuse so this game will be a battle of attrition and the players able to go for each team will decide who moves on to the next week’s playoff game.
The good thing for Seattle, though, is they are getting one key player back and another defensive one appears able to play even though he is missing some practice days this week. If each team were completely healthy at this stage of the season, likely neither of these units would be playing in the Wild Card game. They would probably have better records and better playoff seeding.
But Seattle isn’t going to have Chris Carson or Duane Brown and Philadelphia will not have Desean Jackson or, likely, Lane Johnson. Guard Brandon Brooks is definitely out for the Eagles and Mike Iupati could be out for Seattle. Seattle will, of course, not have tight end Will Dissly and Philadelphia will probably be without Zach Ertz.
But Seattle, and Philadelphia for that matter, have enough talent left to win games. Not just this week but weeks after that. But who needs to step up and be fantastic for the Seahawks to defeat the Eagles on Sunday? Here are three.