The Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks have both been favored in the days building up to their NFC wild-card clash.Philadelphia opened as an early favorite before the line shifted in favor of the road side for a majority of the week.
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Conversely, Russell Wilson has been sacked 13 times in the same span, and he may have to do more work than usual with a depleted running back corps going up against Philadelphia’s third-ranked rushing defense.In their last two home games, the Eagles held the Cowboys and Giants under 100 rushing yards and recorded a pair of sacks versus Dak Prescott and Eli Manning.
If the Eagles’ pass rush forces Seattle into long third and fourth downs, it could benefit from its effectiveness on those plays to keep the No. 5 seed away from the red zone.If that occurs and Wentz continues to thrive in the pocket, the Eagles may come out on top by a comfortable margin.
Even though Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz are expected to play, there is no guarantee they will be as effective as they were before suffering injuries.Sanders suffered a low-ankle sprain in Week 17 but declared he was ready for Sunday, per ESPN.com’s Tim McManus.
In three of its five losses, Seattle failed to hit the 20-point mark, and it barely eclipsed that in Week 17 after struggling in the first half at home versus the 49ers.Wilson has played well on the road in recent postseason appearances, and Seattle posted at least 20 points in its last three road playoff games.
That is a glimmer of hope for the over, but the Eagles have held seven of their eight home opponents under 100 rushing yards.Seattle was the lone exception to that trend, but it enters Lincoln Financial Field without its top two ground gainers from the 17-9 victory.