This weekend we have a supreme matchup of angry birds at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. The 9-7 Eagles will host the 11-5 Seahawks. The matchup has the afternoon slot for Sunday, and it will begin at 4:40 PM EST. All eyes will be focused on Seattle’s crafty quarterback, Russell Wilson, as well as Philly’s gunslinger, Carson Wentz. Each player has one Super Bowl ring, yet this will be Wentz’s playoff debut, due to a season-ending injury in 2017. Wilson was the projected league MVP after the first eight games of the season, and Wentz has strung together an impressive 4-0 record to close out the regular season.
Samwise Gamgee once said, “By rights we shouldn’t even be here.” This statement could ring quite true for the Philadelphia Eagles this season. Five of the Eagles nine wins this year have come from fellow NFC East companions, the division that amassed a 24-40 record this year; a compiled record of 12-28 when you remove the in-division games. But, to give credit where credit is due, the Eagles beat the NFC #2 seed, the Packers, as well as the AFC #5 seed, the Bills. Also, the three-time pro-bowl tight end, Zach Ertz, is expected to play after suffering a broken rib in December.
The Seahawks were expected to be the #1 seed in the NFC about a month ago. However, since the start of December, the team has tallied a disconcerting 2-3 record. Pete Carroll’s squad has suffered a large amount of injuries, and this is the root of the fall from grace. The starting running back, Chris Carson, got injured almost two weeks ago in the game against the Cardinals, and the Seahawks have suffered since. However, the team called up an old friend recently, and Marshawn Lynch has signed with the team. Beast Mode’s renaissance started last week, when he recorded 34 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Expect Marshawn to be a good addition, but he may not be in 2010 form.
The last meeting between Philly and Seattle came on November 24th when the Seahawks won 17-9. Here are the highlights of the matchup:
Doug Pederson and Pete Carroll are simply two exciting coaches to watch in the post season. Pederson took down Belichick in the 2018 Super Bowl aided by his infamous ‘Philly Special’ toss to Nick Foles; Carroll came within literal inches to beating Belichick in the 2015 Super Bowl if it weren’t for Malcolm Butler. Regardless of what each of these coaches or teams have done in the past, it’s the playoffs. That means that it’s carte blanche.
Although the Seahawks have had by in large a better year than the Eagles, the Eagles could sneak one out at home. After all, the Seahawks went 7-9 in 2010, and managed to beat the Saints in the first round of the playoffs. That matchup will live in infamy, as it is where Beast Mode gained his nickname. Buckle up and grab a seat, it’s sure to be a good one!