Eagles at Seahawks Predictions for Week 15 of the NFL Season – NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Eagles (10-3) are about to face the Seahawks (6-7) on Monday Night Football.

To the predictions:

Ruben Frank (11-2)

I was ready to pick the Eagles Monday night in Seattle, but decided to switch to the Seahawks after word got out that Darius Slay would miss the game after undergoing knee surgery. His absence will leave struggling James Bradbury and a young cornerback or a combination of Josh Jobe, Eli Ricks and Kelly Ringo to deal with Seattle’s explosive trio of DK Metcalfe, Tyler Lockett and rookie Jackson Smith-Njigba, who combined for 2,068 yards and 13 touchdowns. Even with Slay, the Eagles have 28th– ranked pass defense in the NFL. Without him? Geno Smith is no Dak Prescott, Josh Allen or Brock Purdy, but he knows how to run the game. But one thing I’ve learned is that no matter what, go with your first instinct, and my first instinct is that the Eagles are going to go to Seattle and find a way to beat a 6-7 team that has lost four straight games and is ranked 20th in violation and 28th on defense and is 2-5 against winning teams. This is as big a regular season game as Nick Siriani has faced since becoming the Eagles’ head coach, and I’m sticking with my initial instinct.

Eagles 31, Seahawks 27

Dave Zangaro (9-4)

As bad as things have been for the Eagles recently, they’ve been even worse for the Seahawks, who have lost four straight and five of their last six. This was a team that was 6-3 in mid-November before losing to the Rams, 49ers, Cowboys and 49ers again. The Seahawks will likely have Geno Smith, and it’s a little scary to face that good trio of receivers without Darius Slay. But even if the Seahawks score points, the Eagles should be able to not just keep pace, but outscore them. The Seahawks are also one of the worst offenses in the NFL, so maybe there’s a chance the Eagles’ terrible third-down defense can finally get off the field.

The Seahawks have played quality competition of late, but their defense hasn’t looked good. They are susceptible in the passing and running games. Even if the Eagles don’t commit to the run in this game, they should have a chance to hit deep against the Seahawks, even with the likely return of Devon Witherspoon. It’s not an easy game by any means, but the Eagles should be able to do enough to leave Seattle with a win in hostile conditions.

Eagles 27, Seahawks 22

Mike Mulhern (11-2)

Nothing like two straight losses to send the fanbase into freefall. Super Bowl or elimination remains the expectation, but I’m not ready to write this team off at full strength. Monday night is the Eagles’ chance to face a Seahawks team that has lost four straight games for the first time in Pete Carroll’s tenure. The absence of Darius Slay will make it even more difficult to match up against Seattle’s trio of talented receivers, and the Eagles’ inability on third downs needs to change immediately. He will again be on the defensive line to stop the run and get after the quarterback in passing situations. Josh Swat has been soothed by some of the best tackles in football over the past few weeks. He will have to make an impact.

Jalen Hurts missed Saturday’s practice with an illness, but it should be all systems go Monday night. Despite calls for changes on offense, this Seahawks secondary has some major vulnerabilities. Another heavy dose of deep shots for AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith seems likely. I just hope they come up with some extra touches for D’Andre Swift. His role as a pass catcher is underutilized despite his game-breaking ability.

The gauntlet ends with another win and the Eagles are still very much in play for the No. 1 seed in the scheme.

Eagles 30, Seahawks 20

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