The Seattle Seahawks (11-5) head to the City of Brotherly Love this weekend for an NFC Wild Card clash against the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7). Kickoff is set for 4:40 PM EST on January 5th at Lincoln Financial Field and the game will be nationally televised on NBC.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Eagles listed as 1-point home favorites. The spread has increased by half a point after early betting, as Philadelphia is currently available at -1.5. The total for this matchup is 45 points.
Eagles vs Seahawks Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Seahawks dropped back to back games to finish the regular season, falling 26-21 at home against San Francisco their last time out to wind up 11-5 overall. Seattle gave up ten unanswered points in the first quarter and never fully recovered despite outscoring the 49ers 21-13 in the second half. QB Russell Wilson went 25/40 for 233 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while RB Marshawn Lynch found the end zone in his first game after coming out of retirement in order to suit up for his former team for the duration of the postseason. D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett also chipped in, combining for 132 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Overall, the Seahawks averaged 25 points and close to 400 total yards of offense per outing this year.
Seattle was average at best defensively through their first 16 games, giving up 25 points per game and nearly 400 total yards of offense on a weekly basis. The Seahawks secondary struggled to contain opposing receivers at times, getting lit up for well over 250 passing yards per game.
The Eagles have now reeled off four straight victories after crushing the New York Giants 34-17 on the road last weekend to clinch the NFC East. Philadelphia needed a win to get in and managed to get the job done after scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. QB Carson Wentz went 23/40 for 289 passing yards and a touchdown through the air but it was RB Boston Scott who stole the show after Miles Sanders was forced to leave the game early due to an ankle injury. Scott scored three critical touchdowns despite averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. As a whole, the Eagles offense scored 24 points and racked up just over 360 total yards of offense per game during the regular season.
Philadelphia was pretty solid on the other side of the ball during the regular season, giving up an average of 22 points points and well under 350 total yards of offense per outing. The Eagles did have some difficulties defending against the pass at times though, allowing an average of 264 yards through the air per game.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Seahawks +1.5
Both of these teams are pretty banged up heading into Wild Card Weekend, as Seattle was forced to sign two veteran running backs off the street at the end of December while Philadelphia has question marks both out of the backfield and at receiver. While it appears as though Miles Sanders will be close to 100% healthy by the time kickoff rolls around, TE Zach Ertz is currently listed as questionable due to a couple of bad upper body injuries. Although it was recently announced that he would almost surely find a way to suit up for this critical matchup, Dallas Goedert may continue to be relied upon heavily at tight end.
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Despite having to play on the road, I’m somewhat surprised that Seattle is currently an underdog in this spot. Not only did they have the vastly superior record at 11-5, they also went an incredibly impressive 5-2-1 against the spread through eight road games this year. The Seahawks have also owned Philadelphia against the spread in recent history, covering the number in seven out of their last ten battles overall – including going a perfect 3-0 ATS dating back to 2016. Finally, the Eagles are an embarrassing 0-5 against the spread at home in their last five games against Seattle. I’ll take the free point and a half in a matchup that I feel that the Seahawks should win outright – give me Seattle to cover the number in the second NFC Wild Card Game!