The reason the Seahawks will win the game against the Eagles in week 12 is Russell Wilson.
Russell Wilson owns most teams. If the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football in week 12 it will be the first time since Russell Wilson was a freshman in college (2008) that the Eagles would have beaten the Seahawks. And that was, of course, before Russell Wilson was a quarterback in the NFL.
But not only has Wilson won all his games against the Eagles – all five! – he has played mostly well in doing so. Also to be clear, most of Wilson’s victories over Philadelphia have come post-Legion of Boom era. This means that Russell Wilson has been the main reason since 2014 that Seattle has defeated the Eagles.
Week 12 will be no different.
In his five games against the Eagles, Wilson has completed 59 percent of his passes but for 8 touchdowns and just one interception. Wilson has also run for 158 yards, which translates to 32 yards a game. While this may not seem like a huge number, it is an important one and it will be extremely important in week 12.
Seahawks should run more in week 12
See, the Eagles are pretty good against the pass and Seattle running the ball more, especially with Chris Carson expected back, seems smart. Running the ball also takes the heat off of Wilson to be perfect but running the ball effectively also opens up deep routes for Seahawks receivers when the Eagles have to crunch the line and opens up the middle of the field for Wilson to scramble out.
I actually expect the Seahawks to run for more yards than they pass for on Monday because I think they will get a lot of rushing yards. But this won’t mean that Russell Wilson is off. It will mean he’s more efficient and taking fewer chances. When Wilson plays like this a line of something like 21 for 25 for 193 yards and 3 touchdowns with no turnovers is not uncommon.
And this why the Seahawks will beat the Eagles. Wilson is going to be able to cook but he will be handing out more sides than the main course. Carson will get some mashed potatoes and Carlos Hyde will get some stuffing but Wilson is going to serve some gravy to DK Metcalf. Metcalf will probably get two deep passes completed to him.
And Wilson, he will run for 35 yards when the Eagles pressure overruns him and Wilson will pick up first downs. This means keeping drives alive and letting Carson and Hyde run and eat the clock. Russell Wilson will control the pace of the game and be efficient and victorious at the end of Monday.