The Seattle Seahawks were confident against the Philadelphia Eagles this Monday night, defeating the hosts 23-17.
This is a very big victory for Russell Wilson and his crew, because they now sit alone at the top of the NFC West division. The pressure of winning the match in Philly was increased following the Rams’ loss against the 49ers, which opened the possibility for the Seahawks to create an important edge in the race for the divisional title.
“I believe our team was prepared,” said Russell Wilson. “We’re playing championship football, we got through some tough times, we’ve also been doing a great job the whole season.”
Wilson threw for 230 yards and one touchdown pass, which is way below his usual standards, but in this match, that was quite enough for the Seahawks to win. The majority of his passing went towards DK Metcalf, who had another monstrous performance, racking 177 yards on 10 catches. Despite the fact that he didn’t post a touchdown, the sophomore wide receiver was in the middle of attention last night.
Metcalf admitted that he had extra motivation for this event, as Eagles’ defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz took a shot at him before the kick-off.
“I’m getting a little respect, but you know I still got work to do. One of the defensive coaches came up to me, and it kind of made me mad that he was like, ‘You know, I was in Detroit with Megatron, but you’re not there yet,’” Metcalf said.
It seems that Schwartz made a big mistake here.
Metcalf was moving the chains constantly, and the Seahawks were in control of the result throughout the entire time. The guests were up 14-0 midway through the second, and the best the Eagles did was to cut the deficit to 14-9. After that, Jason Myers started making field goals, making three consecutive, and taking his team to the safe distance.
Wilson’s only TD pass was to David Moore. Chris Carson added one by himself, rushing for 16 yards.
On the other side, Carson Wentz started the match, even though there were some indications that Jalen Hurts could jump in instead of him. Wentz had another pale performance, with 215 passing yards, two TD tosses, one pick, and a fumble. However, this time, it wasn’t only his fault for losing the game, as he had absolutely zero assistance from his teammates.
Carson Wentz this season:
-15 INT (most in the NFL)
-46 sacks (most in the NFL)
-95 off-target incompletions (most in the NFL) pic.twitter.com/58O6lUU5xU
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 1, 2020
The offensive line didn’t do its task, allowing six sacks on Wentz, who was, by the way, the leading rusher in his team, with 42 yards on the ground. He threw his one TD pass to Richard Rodgers, 12 seconds before the end, with the game already beeing decided, and the other, 12 seconds before the end of the first halftime, to Dallas Goedert.
The Eagles aren’t no.1 in the NFC East anymore, with both Washington and the New York Giants jumping over the team from Philly (3-7-1). Up next, they have to travel to Green Bay and play against the Packers, and then to head back home, to prepare for the New Orleans Saints.
As for the Seahawks (8-3), the situation is much brighter, with their next two rivals being under .500. The first are the New York Giants, and the following, winless New York Jets. This is a perfect opportunity for Carroll’s side to strengthen its lead in the division and cruise into playoffs with a home-court advantage, at least in the first round.
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