Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks
Date and Time: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Opening NFL Odds: Eagles -3, O/U 48
Eagles vs. Seahawks TV Coverage: NBC
The stakes for Sunday Night Football are incredibly high this week.
With each passing week, it becomes more and more likely the Eagles will end up with the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. There's still a long way to go, but if the Vikings lose to the Falcons earlier in the day as is expected, this will be an opportunity to open up a two-game lead with a quarter of the campaign to go.
This is going to be a premier chance for Carson Wentz to showcase that he should be the league's MVP against what is perceived to be one of the better defenses in the NFL. Wentz has tossed nine touchdowns in his last three games without an interception, raising his quarterback rating for the season all the way up to 104.0.
Of course, the Seahawks think they have an MVP candidate as well.
Russell Wilson has scored the last 20 touchdowns for Seattle either with his arm or his legs, and you have to go all the way back to Week 4 to find the last time someone else ran the ball into the end zone. With absolutely no running game to speak of aside from his own two legs, Wilson truly is one of the most valuable players in the NFL right now. He has 3,029 passing yards and 401 rushing yards to lead the team in both categories, and it'll be up to him once again to try to tear apart one of the better defenses in the NFL.
Seattle still has a wide array of possibilities for the postseason. The Seahawks are three-games back of the Eagles for the No. 1 seed in the NFC and could legitimately get all the way up there if they can catch some fire. They also are just a game on the right side of safety for the last Wild Card spot. Obviously, there's a huge difference between winning and losing on SNF.
There's nothing new on the injury report that is going to be that much of a concern for the Seahawks, but this is the first game we're really going to see how badly the Legion of Boom has fallen apart with Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor both out for the rest of the regular season.
Last week was the first challenge against C.J. Beathard. With apologies to the rookie out of Iowa, he's no Carson Wentz.
The Eagles challenge you all over the field with both tight ends and receivers, and between Nelson Agholor, Torrey Smith, Alshon Jeffrey and Zach Ertz, they've got the most feared foursome in the NFL.
Byron Maxwell and Bradley McDougald are going to have to have huge games in the secondary for Seattle to have a shot in this game.
Eagles vs. Seahawks Free Picks
We just don't see it for Seattle. The Seahawks are good thanks to Wilson, but he's literally a one-man band at the moment. His offensive line stinks and is going to have to try to figure out how to block the best defensive tackle tandem in the NFL. Wilson's running game is non-existent, his receivers are average at best, and his defense is missing its two best players and is starting to really look old.
Since their bye, the Seahawks only have wins over the Giants, Texans, Cardinals and 49ers, and they've been beaten by the Redskins and Falcons. This is the biggest challenge of the year to date, and we don't think it's a test they're going to pass.
NFL ATS Pick: Eagles -3 at BookMaker.eu
NFL Score Prediction: Eagles 45, Seahawks 28