Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles Point Spread Pick
Point Spread Line: Pick'em
Time: 8:25 PM EST Thursday December 4, 2014 on NFL
4:25 PM EST Sunday December 7, 2014 on FOX
The Seahawks and their Temple of Boom defense was not the dominant unit in the first half of this season like it was last season, but they have been awesome in the last 2 games. They have won 2 straight games by a score of 19-3 facing the Cardinals and the 49ers. They head to the City of Brotherly Love where they are the slight 1-point underdog facing an Eagles team that is in first place in the NFC East and undefeated at home.
The Eagles scored a HUGE win in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day to take control of the NFC East and their dynamic offense will be tested facing a Seattle defense that has given up 6 total points in their last 2 games.
This is the classic offense vs. defense game, as the Eagles rank 5th in the league in passing yards per game and 6th in rushing yards per game and the Seahawks rank 3rd in the league in pass defense and 5th in run defense.
In their last games the Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 33-10 and the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 19-3.
The Seahawks are 6-6 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 7-5 and the Eagles are 8-4 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 8-4.
This season the Eagles are 6-0 at home and the Seahawks are 3-3 on the road.
Mark Sanchez has been solid since taking over for the injured Nick Foles and in the Dallas game he passed for 217 yards with 1 TD and 0 INT. Jeremy Maclin is the big play receiver for the Eagles and he may be matched up with Richard Sherman, who had 2 INT in the win over the 49ers and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
After a slow start this season LeSean McCoy has been on fore as of late and in the Dallas game he rushed for 159 yards with a TD. He has rushed for 289 yards in the last 2 games and will face a Seattle run defense that has held 4 of their last 5 opponents to less than 65 rushing yards.
Russell Wilson has been solid in the last few games not putting up big numbers, but managing the game well and picking up big plays with his legs. He is the league leader in rushing yards by a QB, by a wide margin, and he and Marshawn Lynch lead a rushing offense that is the top-ranked unit in the NFL. Lynch has rushed for over 100 yards in 4 of his last 5 games.
The Eagles only rank 26th in the league in pass defense, but a respectable 12th in run defense, which is key in this game. In the win over Dallas they held the league's leading rusher in DeMarco Murray to only 73 yards on a 3.7-yard per carry average.
Philadelphia: 9-3 SU 8-4 ATS
The Seahawks are 19-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 13-6 ATS in their last 19 road games, and they have an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 games after a S.U. win.
The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, and they have an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 home games.
Free Against the Spread Pick
The Eagles are under rated in this spot. They have yet to lose at home this season, crushing their opponents by an average score of 37-21. Admittedly, they haven't faced a defense as good as Seattle's at home, but their offense is clicking on all cylinders and they should get their share of points. On the other side of the ball Seattle needs to run the ball to succeed and that is not a good match-up against Philadelphia who held the Cowboys to 93 yards on 25 carries last week.
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