The 11-5 Seahawks come into this game banged up and struggling. They have lost three of their last four games and their offense has scored 21 points or less in four of their last six games. This is not the Legion of Boom any more. This Seahawks team has a below average defense and a running game so devastated by injuries they picked up former Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement recently. Unlike the great Seahawks teams of the last decade, this team will live or die in the playoffs based largely on the play of their superb quarterback, Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson had a career best 6.2 touchdown to interception ratio this season. He had nine games this season with multiple touchdown passes and no interceptions, two more than the next closest quarterback, presumed league MVP Lamar Jackson. If the Seahawks are to make a deep playoff run this year, Wilson will have to carry them on his back, with little support from the team’s traditional strengths.
The 9-7 Eagles come into this game hot, having closed the season with four straight wins. However, each of those four wins came against the dreadful NFC East, so that closing winning streak comes with an asterisk. Carson Wentz set an Eagles franchise record with 4039 passing yards this season. He threw for 1509 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception in five December games, ranking fourth in the NFL in both passing yards and touchdown to interception ratio last month. If the Eagles are to go on an improbable run in the NFC playoffs this year, they will probably need to ride the arm of Wentz to get there.
It’s the Seahawks and the Eagles to wrap up a great opening weekend to the NFL playoffs. Enjoy the game everybody.