Sunday Night NFL Picks – Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks
Here’s the big question people watching the NFL on Sunday night are going to be asking themselves – can the Philadelphia Eagles go up to the Pacific Northwest and handle the road favorite’s role against the Seattle Seahawks? Perhaps defensive injuries on the Seattle side make that much more of a possibility, but it still is going to be a daunting task for the Birds, as these clubs line up at 8:30 PM ET at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Of course, this is the NBC-televised game, and while BetAnySports customers all over the country are watching it, they can place wagers in real time using the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
We are very familiar with the Eagles’ situation as of now, as they have lost only one game on the season – that to the Kansas City Chiefs – and have succeeded nine times in a row, outscoring the last four opponents by a margin of 152-45. The loss to the Chiefs, which was by a 27-20 margin in Week 2, was the only one in which they scored less than 26 points. This is a big difference from last year’s Philadelphia team, which really failed to surround Carson Wentz with enough weaponry. Now Wentz, the second-year hotshot quarterback out of North Dakota State, is in line for the Most Valuable Player award, with 28 touchdown passes and 2657 yards. What’s even better than that is the fact that Philadelphia has split its play-calling almost evenly between passing and running, as they’ve got a dynamite backfield which now includes Jay Ajayi, the Pro Bowl tailback who was acquired from the Miami Dolphins.
The Seahawks probably have an MVP candidate of their own in Russell Wilson, who’s had to do a lot more since his running game has failed him. If you took away his 401 yards, along with the 208 yards that were logged early by since-injured rookie running back Chris Carson, they don’t have any running backs with more than 176 yards on the season. Wilson, who is beyond the 3000-yard mark through the air, has 23 touchdown passes and has found at least some rapport with tight end Jimmy Graham, who has eight touchdown receptions.
The Eagles are 10-1 straight-up and a sizzling 9-2 against the points, while Seattle is 7-4 straight-up and will 4-6-1 ATS.
In the Sunday night NFL betting odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, Philadelphia is laying points on the road:
Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 (-105)
Seattle Seahawks +3.5 (-115)
Over 46 points -110
Under 46 points -110
Wentz is fortunate that won’t have to go up against a Seattle secondary that is completely healthy. Cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Kam Chancellor, both All-Pro performers, are out with injuries, so that will obviously make the task for Pete Carroll’s team more difficult. But let’s not forget that there are a lot of other playmakers on the Seattle side, including along the defensive line. They’ll make things more difficult for the Eagles on the ground, and inasmuch as Philadelphia is without Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, the Seahawks could get a pass rush launched. Don’t underestimate the ability of Wilson to be very resourceful out there, and keep in mind that Seattle has held opposing quarterbacks to only 58% completions.
The question also has to be brought up as to how “for real” the Eagles are. For example, they have beaten only take one team with a winning record (the Carolina Panthers). Meanwhile, as we know, the Seahawks have been down this road quite a bit, and regardless of who they have in the lineup, they have usually gathered momentum toward the home stretch. We’ll take this opportunity to grab points with the home team in Sunday night NFL picks on NBC.
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