Last week, the Seattle Seahawks took center stage when they took on the San Francisco 49ers. In a rather uneventful game, the Seahawks took apart the Niners, beating them by a score of 19-3. This week, they take on the soaring Philadelphia Eagles.
The Seahawks and Niners rekindled their storied rivalry on Thanksgiving Day, meeting at the Santa Clara home of Niners. On this night, the Seahawks’ defense reigned supreme. Richard Sherman had an excellent night, and intercepted Niners QB Colin Kaepernick twice. Kaepernick had an utterly awful day at the office, throwing for 121 yards, and rushing for 17. His counterpart, and fellow poster boy for the read-option movement, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, had an efficient game, throwing for 236 yards and a score, and rushing for 35 yards. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch had another 100 yard game, notching up 104 yards; on the other end, Niners’ RB Frank Gore had a dismal game, racking up 28 yards. There weren’t any stand out receivers in this game: ‘Hawks TE Tony Moeaki had one big catch for 63 yards; and RB Robert Turbin had two catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. The ‘Hawks’ defense generated four sacks and two picks; the 49ers’ defense had three sacks.
Game Day: December 7, 2014
Kickoff: 1:25 P.M. PST
This week, the Seattle Seahawks visit the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are coming off of a destruction of the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles powered through the Cowboys by completely shutting down their offense, and by trampling their defense. The Seahawks will have their work cut out for them this week.
Eagles QB Mark Sanchez is having a career resurgence of sorts, as he has stepped in admirably for QB Nick Foles. Eagles’ RB LeSean McCoy has rushed for 130 and 159 yards, in the past two games. However, he is facing a stout Seahawks run defense. WR Jeremy Maclin has been outstanding for the Eagles this season. He is coming off of a dazzling performance against the Cowboys. To complete the 1-2 punch, rookie WR Jordan Matthews is having himself a pretty good season, and has more yards than the ‘Hawks’ best receiver, Doug Baldwin, by more than 150 yards. Him and Maclin have combined for 16 touchdowns, displaying the aerial ability of the Eagles. It will be interesting to see whether Mark Sanchez tests the Legion of Boom. Will he successfully challenge them, or will they make him look like the Sanchize of old?
The ‘Hawks have their rushing offense as their strength, and they will heavily lean on that this weekend, as the Eagles aren’t exactly air-tight when it comes to stopping the run. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has been consistent all season, and will continue to trample opponents this Sunday. Russell Wilson has been efficient and will take advantage of a soft Eagles run defense. Look for the Seahawks’ defense to chase Mark Sanchez often, forcing him to make mistakes.
This will be an interesting and tough matchup, which will ultimately be decided by the better defense.
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