Week 13: Seahawks’ Russell Wilson has an MVP Performance over the Eagles
The Seahawks’ franchise quarterback put the team on his back with a convincing win over the Eagles
Eagles 10 Seahawks 24
After dropping consecutive home games, the Seahawks regained their swagger on Sunday Night Football. The Rams are up one game in the NFC West division so they needed to play at their very best against the a red-hot 10–1 Philadelphia Eagles team…and that’s exactly what happened. Seahawks’ Russell Wilson out dueled Eagles’ Carson Wentz in what might be a preview of the NFC Championship game.
A franchise quarterback. There are quarterbacks that if they were to go down, the entire team would falter. Thanks to Wilson, the Seahawks put up 10 points the first three possessions of play and added another two passing touchdowns in the second half. Keep in mind, the Eagles had held opponents without a first quarter score all season. Wilson finished with a 118.6 passer rating and didn’t turn the ball over after throwing eight interceptions over the past eight games. Wentz didn’t disappoint either — he had 348 passing yards for one touchdown, one interception in the near come back— but Wilson was the clearly the better quarterback as he was an efficient 21-for-30 for 227 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Nonetheless, you got to appreciate the quarterback play by both signal callers on prime time television.
For the first time all season, the Eagles failed to score at least 20 points in a game. Play of the game had to have been the forced fumble by Seahawks defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. In the opening drive of the second half down 3–10, Wentz runs towards the end zone but is stripped by Richardson in the final moments before crossing the goal line; the Seahawks recover it and get the touchback. In what should have been a for sure touchdown after driving 76 yards down the field, the Seahawks’ offense gets it back and orchestrate their own 11-play, 80 yard drive for the touchdown. That’s a 14 point swing to give the Seahawks a 17–3 lead in what should have been a tied ball game. Between Richardson and edge rusher Frank Clark, the Seahawks’ pass rush was fierce enough to keep the Eagles’ offense on their toes.
What Can Brown Do for You?
The Seahawks’ newly acquired left tackle via trade has been huge for them in pass protection. Former Texans’ Duane Brown has transcended the Seahawks’ offense from near bottom to half way decent in a short span of time. In pass block efficiency and pressure rate, the Seahawks have been at a respectable top-15 grade ever since Brown was inserted in the lineup.
Sure, Wilson was sacked twice this game but in comparison to what I’ve seen earlier in the season — the improvement is night-and-day.
The Seahawks drew up an excellent game plan in what should be considered a statement win over the Eagles. The Seahawks were 3.5 point under dogs after dealing with several injuries to the defense in recent weeks. However, the Seahawks’ front seven was stout under linebacker Bobby Wagner, who led the team with 13 tackles. A win like this puts the league on notice as the Seahawks are starting to get hot at the right time.
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