The wackiest matchup of the NFL Wild Card weekend will take place in Philadelphia, where the 9-7 Eagles are hosting the 11-5 Seahawks. Seattle came up several inches short of a Week 17 win against San Francisco, dropping out of a first-round bye and into a road trip. Philadelphia picked up a 34-17 win against the New York Giants in the final week of the regular season, completing a four-game winning streak to edge out the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. Both teams are dealing with significant injuries across the board.
Seattle coming off narrow loss to San FranciscoSeattle was already dealing with major injuries prior to last week’s home loss to San Francisco, but the problem got even worse in that game. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks tore his ACL and is out for the season and wide receiver Jaron Brown suffered a sprained MCL that could keep him out of Sunday afternoon’s game. Offensive lineman Duane Brown is also expected to miss this weekend’s game. Seattle brought back veteran running back Marshawn Lynch for last weekend’s game after the starters both went down with injuries, but rookie Travis Homer led the way with 10 carries for 62 yards. He also had five catches for 30 yards. Lynch rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
The Seahawks’ offense starts with quarterback Russell Wilson, who threw for 4,110 yards and 31 touchdowns this season, while adding five interceptions. Wilson also scrambled for 342 yards and three touchdowns on 75 carries. Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, Seattle’s top two running backs, are out with injuries. Homer and Lynch will likely split time in the backfield on Sunday. Wide receiver Tyler Lockett has been Wilson’s favorite target, catching 82 passes for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Rookie D.K. Metcalf has added 58 receptions for 900 yards and seven scores.
Eagles hoping for Ertz' returnPhiladelphia has been dealing with widespread injuries for the latter part of the season. Tight end Zach Ertz, the team’s leading weapon in the passing game, was out for last week’s game is listed as questionable this week. Running back Miles Sanders returned to the field against the Giants, but he injured his ankle and is currently listed as questionable as well. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor is also questionable. DeSean Jackson has missed the majority of the season with an abdominal injury, but he could return on Sunday. The Eagles turned the ball over five times in their Week 12 loss to Seattle, only making it to the red zone twice.
Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz made enough big plays to lead Philadelphia to the victory last week. He has thrown for 4,039 yards and 27 touchdowns this season, while also throwing seven interceptions. Running back Jordan Howard played one snap last week in his first game action since Nov. 3 and is likely going to get more significant playing time on Sunday. Howard has rushed for 525 yards and six touchdowns on 119 carries this season. Boston Scott filled in admirably for Sanders and Howard, scoring three touchdowns against the Giants. On the season, Scott has only rushed for 245 yards and five scores on 61 attempts. Tight end Dallas Goedert might be the best available option in the passing game if Ertz and Agholor are unable to go. Goedert has caught 58 passes for 607 yards and five touchdowns this season.
- 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games as a home underdog
- 2-5 ATS in its last seven games after totaling more than 350 yards in its previous game
- 5-1 ATS in its last six Wild Card games
- 10-3-1 ATS in its last 14 road games
- 10-3-2 ATS in its last 15 games following an ATS loss