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As we all know by now, winning in Seattle is an incredibly daunting task.
It’s not impossible, but it’s probably the toughest place to play in the entire NFL. I can believe it to be the hardest place to play in the NFL, but also admit that I think Seahawks fans are the most overrated in football and the only reason it gets as loud as it does is because of the stadium’s setup not because they’re actually louder than us or something like that. If the Linc wasn’t so poorly constructed to hold in sound, we would definitely be breaking decibel records too– I firmly believe that. Eff the 12th man.
The Seahawks have lost 5 total games at home since the Super Bowl year in 2013 and 3 of those home losses occurred last season. So far this season, they’re undefeated at home with two close calls. One scare from the Dolphins to open the season and one semi-controversial win against the Atlanta Falcons that was aided by a missed PI call on Julio Jones. They’ve been prone to be beatable this season at home, but you have to be locked in for the whole 60 minutes and not be a 55 minute team– like the Eagles have been in a couple of their road losses.
So, you want to beat the Seahawks and home, right? How do you do it? Well, if you look at every single team that has gone into Seattle and won, they’ve been able to establish a run game and win tight ballgames. That’s sort of what I mean by being a 55 minute team and not a 60 minute team. In their 5 home losses dating back to the Super Bowl year, the Seahawks have lost every single one of these games by single digits.
The most important part of going into Seattle and winning is establishing a ground game. It’s hard to run against the Seahawks. They’re fast side-to-side, they have a good front 7 and their corners and safeties love to come up and be physical in the run game. In their 5 home losses, the opposing team that has come in and won has rushed for at least 100 yards every single time. There wasn’t one outlier, except for, I guess, the Rams, who rushed for 102 and passed for 103. To go into Seattle and win, you must run the football. There hasn’t been one instance where a team that only threw the ball won. One game I saw that Big Ben passed for over 400 yards against the Seahawks, but they lost with only rushing for 59 yards.
There’s two pieces of good news here for the Eagles.
For starters, Michael Bennett is out. This is good for Carson and the Eagles running game. Bennett is one of the scariest defenders in the league and having him out will help the Eagles immensely.
And second, they are coming off of their best rushing performance of the year against the Seahawks JV squad, the Atlanta Falcons. I say JV squad because the Falcons run a similar style defense but it’s trash. Even though the Falcons run defense was porous, they still didn’t allow the Eagles outside much given their defenses lateral quickness. If the Eagles didn’t have much success going East-West against a Falcons D than they will get nothing this way against this Seahawks D. The Eagles must go North-South if they want to establish a good run game and win this football game. Ryan Mathews has to continue his hard running, and most importantly, hold onto the football and so does Wendell Smallwood, who will have to hold onto the ball against these hungry Seahawks defenders.
The Eagles won ugly last week and if they want to have any chance they might have to do it again. Establish the run, bore the crowd to death with it and keep Wilson off the field.
That’s the gameplan because if history is an indicator, you can’t beat Seattle at home by throwing the ball a bunch.