The Seattle Seahawks have made the postseason for five consecutive seasons, but that streak could be in jeopardy if they lose Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, the team with the NFL’s best record.
Seattle has won three straight and five of six against Philadelphia, although just one of those victories came against young Eagles star quarterback Carson Wentz, one of the betting favourites for NFL MVP this season.
Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks
When: Sunday, 8:30 PM ET Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle Point Spread: Eagles -4
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Last year in Week 7 at Seattle, the Seahawks were 6.5-point favourites and won 26-15. Russell Wilson not only threw for 272 yards and a touchdown but became the first Seattle quarterback to ever catch a TD pass as well, grabbing a 15-yarder from receiver Doug Baldwin on a trick play. That started a five-game losing streak for Philadelphia, which wasn’t even half as good as it is this season. Wentz threw for 218 yards, two scores and two interceptions.
It used to be nearly impossible for teams to win in Seattle, but the Seahawks have dropped their past two there – albeit only by three points each to Atlanta and Washington. Both went down to the wire. This is the first time since October 2012 that the Seahawks have been home underdogs. For what it’s worth, they have won and covered their past three in that situation.
The Eagles (10-1 SU, 9-2 ATS) have the NFL’s best record and best ATS mark. They could be NFC East champions by Thursday might as their magic number is one – a Cowboys home loss to Washington on Thursday would seal the East for Philly. If Dallas wins, then an Eagles victory does it. Philadelphia hasn’t won the division since 2013, which was also the last year it made the playoffs.
The Eagles won a ninth straight game Sunday, 31-3 over visiting Chicago. Wentz continued his MVP campaign by throwing for three touchdowns – he leads the league with 25 TD passes — and the Eagles held the overmatched Bears to 140 yards. It was Philadelphia’s fourth consecutive win by at least 23 points and third in a row by precisely 28. The last two time the Eagles were 10-1, in 2004 and 1980, they went to the Super Bowl. The franchise has never won that game.
Seattle (7-4 SU, 4-6-1 ATS) remained a game behind the L.A. Rams in the NFC West thanks to a 24-13 win at a bad San Francisco team. That had the potential to be a major trap game for the Seahawks off a tough Monday night home loss to Atlanta and ahead of this mega-showdown. Russell Wilson threw for two scores against the Niners and ran for another. He deserves some MVP votes, too.
Wilson became the winningest quarterback in NFL history in his first six seasons with 63 victories. The Seattle defense held the 49ers to 280 yards and kept them out of the end zone until the game’s final play.
Eagles at Seahawks Prediction
Seattle 27, Philadelphia 24