When the NFL scheduled this as a Thursday night game, they probably figured that this would be a test for the Eagles. A team that had the makings of a Super Bowl run playing in a hostile environment. Now, both teams are 4-7 and neither team has a shot at making the playoffs. At this point, everything has been said about the Eagles this season but injuries have really affected them of late. Michael Vick has missed the past two games and will be sitting out this one so Vince Young will make his third consecutive start. Young hasn’t looked that bad the past two games but Jeremy Maclin has been out and if LeSean McCoy can’t play, Young could be forced to throw early and often. Even though he struggled with drops last week, DeSean Jackson should see plenty of looks deep as Jason Avant has been able to open up the middle of the field in recent games.
Nothing was really expected out of the Seahawks this season so Pete Carroll deserves some credit for having the team playing hard every week. The highlight of the offense in recent weeks has been Marshawn Lynch who has been getting back to “Beast Mode” form. In his past four games, Lynch has run for over 100 yards three times and has scored a touchdown in all four. Look for him to have a very big game against a struggling Eagles run defense. With Sidney Rice out for the year, Tarvaris Jackson will most likely be looking towards undrafted rookie Doug Baldwin who has been an excellent find for the Seahawks. The Rice injury should also open up more opportunities for Ben Obomanu as well.
This game has the potential to be a very close one. The Seahawks have already pulled out some impressive wins against teams such as the Giants and Ravens and have a solid defense. However, the Eagles still have the makings of an explosive offense and while the secondary has struggled, a game against Tarvaris Jackson always could make things better. My prediction is Eagles 26 Seahawks (+3.5) 20.