SNF: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS vs PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS vs PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
By: Robert L. Porter Jr.
Sunday night football this week has the red hot Philadelphia Eagles and their MVP front running quarterback Carson Wentz heading to see Russell Wilson, the 12th man and the Seattle Seahawks. It will be interesting to see how the Seahawks secondary fairs against this explosive Eagles offense minus Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.
Seattle gets the ball first and immediately puts the Eagles defense on their heels as they move into Philadelphia territory very quickly but Jim Schwartz unit stabilized themselves and forced a Blair Walsh field goal to give the Hawks an early 3-0 lead. On the Eagles first possession, they were able to pick up one first down but a 3rd & short stop by the Seahawks defense forces them to punt. Wilson’s 2nd possession ended quick, 2 runs, a sack and a poorly executed punt. The 2nd possession for Wentz was very similar to the Seahawks 2nd possession as a sack on 3rd down forces another punt. The next drive was is kicked off and sustained by Wilson’s mobility. Two big penalties by Philly puts Seattle at the 11 yard line and Wilson finds Jimmy Graham for the TD to give them a 10-0 lead as the first quarter is just about over. After the kickoff, a short Jay Ajayi run takes us to triple zeros as the quarter end.
To start the 2nd quarter, the Eagles used the running game to stabilize things and move down the field. The Seahawks Defense is able to stiffen and hold them to a 26 yard Jake Elliott field goal to cut their deficit down to 10-3. The Eagles defense is able to corral Wilson on his next drive and force them to punt it back to Wentz. The Eagles offense continued their conservative approach as short passes and inside runs shaped the next drive much like they did all the drives prior. Philadelphia’s possession didnt move much as they are stopped again on 3rd & short and punted the ball back to Seattle. With 4 seconds until the half, Wilson takes a knee and heads into the locker room with a 10-3 lead on the 10-1 Eagles.
Carson Wentz and his offense comes out going up tempo and he’s started to look for his tight end Zach Ertz who is his #1 target. 4th & inches at the Seattle 28 yard line is another sneak by Wentz that’s followed by a slant pass to Alshon Jeffrey putting Philly at the 6. After a run for no gain, Wentz tries to run it in himself but is stripped and the ball bounced out of the end zone for a Seattle touchback. A very good drive by the Eagles ends with no points. On the Hawks next drive, the Eagles secondary couldn’t help but get handsy when Wilson breaks contain as they gave Seattle multiple first downs on defensive holding calls. An all out Blitz by Schwartz on 3rd & 10 leaves the middle of the field wide open and Wilson hits Doug Baldwin for a 47 yard rainbow to take his team down to the 1 yard line. Three plays later Wilson finds Tyler Locket for the 1 yard TD to make the score 17-3 Seattle.
The Eagles are much more aggressive after going down 14 as Wentz looks Jeffery’s way more on this next possession. An incomplete pass to Ertz on a short 3rd down makes it 4th & 3 at the Seattle 25. Doug Pederson elects to go for it but quick pressure by K.J. Wright forces an inaccurate pass by Wentz and the Seahawks take over on downs. The tandem of K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner has made it tough for the Eagles to utilize the middle of the field and thats where Jeffrey and Ertz do the most damage. This Seattle offense is starting to beat the Eagles up but an intentional grounding call stalls the drive and they punted back to the Eagles. A short run then another sack of Wentz is how the 3rd quarter comes to a close.
We start the 4th on a 3rd & 13, Wentz is on the run and while being taken down he hits Nelson Agholor for a 51 yard pick up and a first down. Later on the drive, 3rd & 14 is the down and Wentz gets free again and finds Agholor again and this time its for 27 yards and their first TD of the game making it 17-10. Seattle takes the field with the intentions of stopping the Eagles momentum after that huge drive they just had. With Wilson constantly running around and makes plays, the Eagles defense has been off balance all night. On another 3rd down Wilson scrambles and “laterals” the ball to Mike Davis to pick up the first down and continue to march on this drive. Seattle would eventually cap the 10 play drive with a 15 yard TD pass to J.D.McKissic to make the score 24-10. Trey Burton who is in replacing the injured Ertz hauls in 3 passes on the next Eagles drive as they move into Seahawks territory but once again they turn the ball over on downs after a failed 4th down.
Seattle takes over with a 14 point lead and 5:43 remaining. They are looking to drain this clock and get this huge win. They are only able to burn 2 minutes and 13 seconds as they are forced to punt back to Philly after a sack of Russell Wilson. After the punt, a Frank Clark sack of Wentz puts them in 4th & 6 then he finds Corey Clement to keep the drive alive but on the very next play a long pass is intercepted by former Eagle Byron Maxwell in the end zone for a touchback. We are now at the 2 minute warning and Seattle just has to burn this remaining time and they will have a huge win under their belt. After three runs to force Philly to burn their timeouts, Seattle punts it back to them with 57 seconds left. A few Wentz completions and this one is in the books.
STARS OF THE GAME
Russell Wilson – 20/31 227 yards 3 TDs, 6 rushes 31 yards
Carson Wentz – 29/45 348 yards 1 TD 1 INT 1 Fumble lost
Nelson Agholor – 7 rec 141 yards 1 TD
Bobby Wagner – 13 tackles
Doug Baldwin – 5 rec 84 yards
Mike Davis – 16 rushes 64 yards, 4 rec 37 yards
SEAHAWKS 24 – EAGLES 10