Final score update: The Seahawks went into Lincoln Financial Field and beat the Eagles 17-9 to advance to the Divisional round, where they’ll face the Packers. The Seahawks closed near pick ‘em, so they get the cover. The game fell well under the point total.
The Philadelphia Eagles host the Seattle Seahawks in one of the two NFC Wild Card games to open the 2020 NFL Playoffs. The Eagles opened as a three-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, but the line has flipped to now favor the Seahawks. The winner’s Divisional round opponent will depend on the outcome of the Vikings-Saints Wild Card game.
Seattle finished about six inches shy of winning the NFC West, but instead will have to play a road playoff game in Philadelphia. Seattle has a top-five offense by Football Outsiders DVOA, but have struggled this year on defense, where they rank just 18th. Perhaps most frustrating for Seahawks-backers is that they continue to spend so much of their offensive efforts on the ground game. They are sixth in the NFL in rushing rate despite having Russell Wilson, one of the game’s best quarterbacks, under center. Wilson is eighth in the NFL in adjusted net yards per pass attempt. Case in point about Seattle’s obsession with the ground game is the aforementioned Sunday night game against San Francisco. Despite having just a rookie running back with 14 touches this season, and two free agents signed this past week at the position, and trailing the entire game, Seattle dropped back on just 57.7 percent of plays. That wouldn’t even rank inside of the top 20 in pass rate on the year.
The Eagles had one of the least inspiring paths to the post-season we have seen in a couple of years. At one point, they were 5-7 and coming off of a loss to the Dolphins. They then won four straight games, all against the division (including two against the Giants), to come out on top of the NFC East. Philly is overall uninspiring, ranking 14th in offensive DVOA, and 12th in defensive, but they probably deserve a little bit more respect then they’ll get. The team will need to recover greatly from the injury bug it has suffered this year. In Week 17, the Eagles played without Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, and Jordan Howard, and lost Miles Sanders mid-game to an injury of his own. Carson Wentz is just 16th in adjusted net yards per pass attempt this season.
Seahawks at Eagles
Point Spread: Seahawks -2
Total Points: 46
Money Line: Eagles +110; Seahawks -125
Overall: Seahawks 11-5; Eagles 9-7
ATS: Seahawks 7-8-1; Eagles 7-9
O/U: Seahawks 8-7-1; Eagles 8-8
Players to watch: OT Duane Brown (knee/biceps), WR Jaron Brown (knee), OG Mike Iupati (neck), C Joey Huny (fibula), WR Malik Turner (concussion), DE Jadeveon Clowney (core), LB Mychal Kendricks (knee), S Quandre Diggs (ankle), TE Luke Willson (hip)
Players to watch: WR Nelson Agholor (knee), RB Miles Sanders (ankle), DE Derek Barnett (ankle), DT Fletcher Cox (triceps), TE Zach Ertz (ribs, back), T Lane Johnson (ankle), CB Sidney Jones (back), CB Avonte Maddox (abdomen), CB Jalen Mills (ankle)
- The Seahawks have won eight of their last nine road games against NFC East opponents.
- The Seahawks have covered the spread in each of their last five games against the Eagles.
- Each of the Eagles’ last six games at Lincoln Financial Field have gone UNDER the total points line.
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