Two NFL heavyweights face off in Philadelphia on Sunday night. The 9-3 Eagles have had a fantastic season, despite the fact that they lost starting quarterback Nick Foles several weeks ago, had a slow start to the season from All Pro Running back LeSean McCoy, and have suffered multiple injuries along both their offensive and defensive lines. They played the Cowboys last week in a matchup for first place in the NFC East and they were dominant in all aspects in their 33-0 victory. McCoy has rounded back into his dominant form and he had 25 carries for 159 yards and a touchdown that was the final nail in the Cowboys coffin. Mark Sanchez who has taken over admirably for Foles at quarterback was 20/29 for 217 yards and a touchdown and perhaps most importantly no interceptions. The Eagles started the game off with two quick scoring drives that were both longer than 80 yards and they never looked back. The Seahawks went through a rough stretch early in the season and it appears that it may have been the wake up call that they needed. The defense has once again reclaimed its spot atop the leagues best. They forced 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick into one of the worst games of his career going 16/29 for a measly 121 yards and 2 interceptions. Both of those interception were made by Richard Sherman who had been known for talking a lot of trash in the direction of the 49ers, especially wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Sherman’s dominance combined with the rest of the defense shut out the 49ers in the first half and held a team that is built on the run to only 23 1st half rushing yards in the 19-3 Seahawk victory.
The Eagles have taken control of the NFC East thanks to in season improvements in their running game and the overall improvement of their defense. McCoy has 289 yards in his last two games and will be an interesting matchup vs. the dominant Seattle rushing defense. The physical conditioning of Seattle’s defense will be tested by the pace and tempo at which the Eagles play. Any Eagles opponent is susceptible to fatigue late in the game. The Eagles defense will have to deal with Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch but have confidence in their ability to stop the run thanks to them averaging 90.3 yards and 3.6 per carry against opposing offenses over the last 7 games.
The Seahawks have held 4 of their last 5 opponents under 65 yards rushing while they have forced 11 turnovers in their last 6 games to show the overall improvement in their defense that was a mess earlier in the season. The Eagles run out of multiple formations at a fast tempo so it remains to be seen who will get the better of that matchup. Quarterback Russell Wilson doesn’t have eye-popping statistics but anyone that watches him play on a consistent basis is aware of how special he is
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