The NFL’s Week 12 slate closes with the Seattle Seahawks in Philadelphia to take on the Eagles on Monday Night Football. Seattle (7-3) is fighting for the top spot in a loaded NFC West Division, currently tied for first with the Los Angeles Rams.
Philadelphia (3-6-1) is in a tight division race of their own but in a substantially worse division. By virtue of their tie, the Eagles are a half-game ahead of the Cowboys, Giants, and Washington Football Team in the NFC East.
Kickoff is at 8:20 pm ET, and the Seahawks opened as a six-point favorite.
Seattle Seahawks Betting Preview – Getting Healthy to Get Better
After starting the season 5-0, the Seahawks have lost three of their previous five games. They’re coming off a 28-21 home win against the Arizona Cardinals and needed the win to stay in a solid playoff position.
Russell Wilson has struggled in recent weeks, slipping from his early-season MVP form. He completed 23-of-28 passes against Arizona, throwing for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Philadelphia’s defense allows 209.3 yards per game, sixth-best in the league, though much of that can be attributed to their opponents building a lead and running the ball more frequently.
Seattle has had somewhat of a revolving door in the backfield in recent weeks. Chris Carson has missed the last four games with a foot injury. Carlos Hyde has missed time as well, pressing DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer, and Alex Collins into service.
Things have been so shaky with the running backs that Wilson is actually the Seahawks’ leading rusher with 367 yards. Fortunately, Carson is expected to return Monday night, barring any setbacks.
The Seahawks defense will be the unit most responsible for Seattle’s fate. The end of the “Legion of Boom” era for the Seattle secondary has been staggering, with the defense allowing a league-worst 343.7 passing yards per game. The Dallas Cowboys are the only other team with more than 300 passing yards against per game.
Whether the passing woes are the reason Seattle has the fourth-best rushing defense in the league isn’t clear, but there’s at least a small degree of correlation.
Philadelphia Eagles Betting Preview– Best of the Lousiest
By some miracle, the 3-6-1 Eagles are still the frontrunners to claim a playoff spot as division leaders in the NFC East. No other division-leading team has fewer than seven wins, but if the standings hold, Philadelphia will host a playoff game at the end of the season.
The season has been one of injuries, underperformance, and blown opportunities for the Eagles. Carson Wentz has been awful, leading the league in interceptions (14) and completing just 58.4% of his passes.
Part of his struggles can be attributed to poor offensive line play, as Wentz has been sacked a league-high 40 times. It’s possible his injury history (torn ACL and LCL in 2017, fractured vertebrae in 2018) are contributing factors as well.
Offensive tackles Jason Peters and Lane Johnson are questionable for Monday’s game, as is guard Nate Herbig. DeSean Jackson will likely be out until the end of the season after fracturing his ankle. Zach Ertz has started practicing again but will likely miss Monday’s game.
If Wentz can limit the turnovers against a porous Seattle secondary, rookie Jalen Reagor could be in for a breakout game. He hasn’t seen the same early success as other rookies Justin Jefferson, Chase Claypool, or CeeDee Lamb, but there’s a reason Reagor was a first-round pick.
He has just 211 yards and one touchdown on 16 receptions this year. Reagor will get his second touchdown Monday night.
Free Betting Pick
Seattle’s defense provides plenty of reason for concern, but the Eagles’ offensive woes are even worse. Take the Seahawks (-6) to win and cover.