Well the morale up in Philly took another hit on Thursday night as Seattle had no trouble giving them their 8th loss of the year and all but eliminating them from playoff contention. In doing so, the Seahawks won their 5th game of the year and are currently 2 games below .500. The Eagles were deemed the dream team after an offseason full of high profile trades. Injuries and a struggling defense has left them 4-8 and has put Andy Reid on the hot seat.
There biggest problem all year long has been run defense, which continued to plague the Eagles on Thursday. Marshawn Lynch ran early and dominated the game. He had the first two scores of the game on runs of 15 and 40 yards to give Seattle a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Eagles had a few good drives, but 4 interceptions ended any chance to get them back into the game. The Eagles drove deep into Seahawks territory late in the fourth, until David Hawthorne took a Vince Young pass all the way back for 77 yards and a score to effectively seal the game.
This may have been the most complete game all year for Seattle. The defense was very stout, limiting NFL leading rusher LeSean McCoy to 84 yards on 17 carries, well below his average. He was able to bring in two touchdown (one on the ground and another through the air), but those were the only two scores Philly could manage. Vince Young was his usual turnover prone self and Seattle made sure to take full advantage of that. They picked Young off 4 times, with 3 coming on their last 4 drives and the game still up in the air. Mike Vick will be welcomed back with open arms next week.
As for the offensive side of the ball, you could not ask for much more. First off, this offense clearly is on the back of Marshawn Lynch. His career seems to be completely revamped this year and is running like the best of them recently. He dominated this defense for the tune of 148 yards and two scores. This allowed Tarvaris Jackson to limit the amount times he had to put the ball in the air. Jackson was actually highly efficient, completing 13 of 16 for 190 yards and even added a score to Golden Tate. Now the Eagles aren’t exactly playing to their full potential, but there is still a great amount of talent on this defense.
The Seahawks have now won 3 of their last 4 and get the Rams on Monday night next week. St. Louis has struggled all year long and are now 2-10. Seattle crushed the Rams earlier in the season, so I expect them to do much of the same. Sidney Rice had a big game that week, so they will need to find a way to replace his production. Defense was key as Jackson was stuffed and Bradford struggled as well. Look for Lynch to get the ball early and often and the defense to dominate as well.