Seattle Seahawks (7-3)
vs. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1)
5:15 p.m. | Lincoln Financial Field| Philadelphia
TV: ESPN | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: NFL Game Pass
Final: Seahawks 23, Eagles 17
Seahawks beat Eagles, 23-17, take over sole possession of first place in NFC West. It wasn't as decisive as it could have been -- especially after the late Hail Mary TD -- but they'll take it.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) December 1, 2020
Quandre Diggs intercepts Carson Wentz on fourth down
Seahawks get the big stop yet again.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
DK Metcalf's last two games in Philly:— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) December 1, 2020
Jan. 5 — 9 catches, 160 yards, 1 TD (playoff rookie record)
Tonight — 10 catches, 177 yards (career high)
Seahawks add another field goal
Myers 33 yard FG is good and Seattle now up 20-9.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
I htiknk DK Metcalf is remembering that the Eagles drafted a receiver 7 spots before he was taken in 2019.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
- DK Metcalf is having one of those games — nine catches (on 11 targets) for 146 yards through three quarters. He has surpassed 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, and he’s just getting warmed up.
- The Eagles figured something out late in the first half, when they drove 75 yards on 15 plays to score their first points. They kept rolling on their first possession of the third quarter, driving 48 yards on 12 plays to cut Seattle’s lead to 14-9. And here the Eagles are again threatening
- Yep, 17-9 is still very much in play. But, as you well know, the Seahawks don’t really start playing until the fourth quarter anyway. So buckle up.
End of third: Seahawks 17, Eagles 9
Seahawks extend lead with field goal
If that play stands Metcalf will have 57 receptions for 1,008 yards this year. He had 58 for 900 last season.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Eagles tack on FG
Adams now with 4.5 sacks in four games since returning from a groin injury.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Jamal Adams now with 6.5 sacks this season. That was, as they say, timely.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Seahawks go three-and-out to open second half
Seattle three and out on its first offensive drive of second half.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
- Metcalf having his way with Slay. Another week, another really interesting matchup for DK Metcalf, this time against three-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay.
And Metcalf is pretty much just having his way with Slay, with 118 yards on seven receptions to key Seattle’s 14-6 lead.
Metcalf beat Slay on a go route for a 52-yard completion that set up Seattle’s first touchdown early in the second quarter and had a 17-yard catch that got Seattle to the 6-yard-line that set up Seattle’s second touchdown.
Metcalf has said often he remembers that every team passed him at least once in the 2019 NFL draft, but he surely knows the Eagles were among the teams that took a receiver, drafting Stanford’s J.J. Arcega-Whiteside at No. 57 overall, seven spots before Seattle took Metcalf.
- Defense finally shows vulnerability. Seattle’s defense opened with its best stretch of the season, forcing five consecutive three-and-outs.
The Eagles didn’t get a first down until there was 4:28 to play in the first half, on their sixth drive.
But then the Eagles moved efficiently down the field to complete a touchdown drive and the deficit to eight to 14-6 on a Carson Wentz pass to Dallas Goedert.
It will be interesting to see if the Eagles have found something they can attack consistently in Seattle’s defense the rest of the game, or if that was just a one-off drive.
- Chris Carson is back! It took while for Chris Carson to fully make his presence felt again.
But when he did it was unmistakable, as Carson plowed through the middle of the Eagles defense for a 16-yard touchdown in the second quarter, the kind of run no one else on the Seahawks can make.
Carson finished the first half with 32 yards on five carries and had two receptions for 18 yards.
Halftime: Seahawks 14, Eagles 6
Eagles find the end zone, but miss PAT
Chris Carson goes beast mode for a touchdown
Stop us if you've heard this before ...
Going deep to DK never fails
It you forgot Ben Burr-Kirven was still on the team.... he's been good on special teams this year.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Seahawks open scoring with David Moore goal-line TD
Wilson to Moore for the TD and Seahawks get on the board with 10:56 to play in second quarter.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
I've always said just keep giving it to David Moore at the goal line. Works at least half the time every time.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) December 1, 2020
Metcalf already with 6 receptions for 101 yards against Darius Slay.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
- What was that? The Seahawks’ failed fourth-down play from the Philly 2-yard was as bad as any offensive play call the Seahawks have had all season. Receiver David Moore was stuffed for a 5-yard loss on the reverse run, and the call was even more perplexing because they wasted a timeout before the play. Seattle’s second series ended in the same fashion — a timeout preceding a failed fourth down (insert head-slapping emoji here). The Seahawks, by the way, were 7-for-9 on fourth downs coming into this game. So, yeah, law of averages or whatever.
- DK vs. Slay. DK Metcalf has already mixed it up with a number of veteran cornerbacks in his young NFL career, and it didn’t take long for him to start to mix it up with the Eagles’ Darius Slay. Slay, so far, is shadowing Metcalf on just about every snap, and midway through the Seahawks’ first drive the two got into it after the snap — some pushing and shoving, and then a personal-foul penalty on Slay. On the next play, Philly’s Malik Jackson was then assessed a personal-foul penalty for a blatant late hit from behind on Metcalf.
- How about this defense? This isn’t a typo: The Eagles finished the first quarter with a grand total of minus-4 yards on their 10 offensive plays. Rasheem Green had a sack, Jamal Adams had hits in the backfield multiple times, and, yes, the Seahawks did benefit from the Eagles’ abysmal offense, which had at least two wide-receiver drops in the first quarter. By the end of the night, a Seahawks defense that was at one point on track to be the worst in NFL history has a chance to be the best in the NFL (we’re only half kidding here).
Jalen Hurts in at QB for Eagles ... for two plays
No snark, #Seahawks defense is on fire tonight. Now they need their offense to put it together.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) December 1, 2020
Seahawks get their second sack of the game and Philly another three and out.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Jalen Hurts in at QB for Philly on a second and 9. A penalty ensues.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
End of first: Seahawks 0, Eagles 0
END OF FIRST— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) December 1, 2020
Eagles had minus-4 yards on 10 plays in the first quarter.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) December 1, 2020
Another slog of a game appears in the offing in Philly as it's 0-0 after the first quarter.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Seahawks go three-and-out within own 20
Don't go for it.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) December 1, 2020
Eagles fail to move the ball again on their third possession
Seahawks fail on another (!) fourth-down attempt
Seattle was 7-9 on fourth down going into this game. Now 0-2 in the first eight minutes tonight.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Fourth-and-short has been an unmitigated disaster for Seahawks.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) December 1, 2020
A totally normal game so far— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) December 1, 2020
Eagles go three-and-out again
Seahawks fail to convert on fourth-and-goal
Seahawks now an emphatic 7-10 on fourth down losing about 5 yards on the flip to David Moore on fourth and goal at the 2.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Oopsies.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) December 1, 2020
Curious play call on fourth and goal, and by curious, I mean awful— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) December 1, 2020
Seahawks going for it on fourth-and-goal
Seahawks 7-9 in fourth downs this year.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Huge penalty on Slay there as Seattle would have had third and long.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
These teams appear to not like each other very much.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Imagine fighting DK Metcalf haha— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) December 1, 2020
DK Metcalf has to be careful. He's going to get fined for hurting all these safeties.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) December 1, 2020
Chris Carson involved early
Seahawks get it to Carson on first two plays. Carroll had said no restrictions on Carson in his first game since Oct. 25.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Eagles go three-and-out with three incomplete passes
Eagles get first and 5 after penalty and then 3 straight incomplete passes. Jamal Adams blitzed on third down.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 1, 2020
Shell, Homer lead inactive list
There were no surprises among the list of inactive players for the Seahawks.
Seattle, in fact, had to declare just five players as inactive since they did not elevate anyone off the practice squad and then had eight offensive linemen active.
The five inactive players included two who had already been declared out due to injury — right tackle Brandon Shell (ankle) and running back Travis Homer (wrist/thumb/knee).
The other three inactives were OL Jordan Simmons, defensive end Jonathan Bullard and cornerback Linden Stephens.
Simmons is also out due to injury, missing his second straight game with a calf issue.
Seattle had listed two receivers as questionable due to injury — Freddie Swain and David Moore. But each will be able to play and Seattle did not have to elevate a receiver off the practice squad to add depth.
Cornerback D.J. Reed had also been listed as questionable with a foot injury but was declared active.
It’s the first time this year the Seahawks did not elevate anyone from the practice squad to add to the gameday 53-player roster, indicative of the team getting healthier following the “mini bye’’ after the game against Arizona on Nov. 19.
Will Seahawks’ resurgent pass rush have another big day against the banged-up Eagles?
The addition of Carlos Dunlap and a defensive scheme heavier on blitzes than just about any time during the Pete Carroll era has transformed the Seahawks’ pass rush seemingly overnight.
After getting nine sacks in the first six games of the season, the Seahawks have racked up 16 sacks in the last four games. And in the three games since Dunlap first moved into the lineup, they have 13 — second-most in the NFL in that span behind the 18 of New Orleans, getting at least three in each game.
Even the Seahawks’ 13 in the last three games would be the second most over the last four games (Pittsburgh’s 12 in the last four games is third behind the Seahawks and Saints).
And on Monday night, the Seahawks face the struggling Philadelphia Eagles, who are facing even more changes on an offensive line and has allowed an NFL-high 40 sacks to QB Carson Wentz in 10 games.
Seahawks look to take sole control of NFC West against Eagles Monday night
An upset gave the Seahawks sole possession of first place in the NFC West on Sunday with the 5.5-point underdogs 49ers doing Seattle a huge favor by going into Los Angeles and beating the Rams on a last-play field goal, 23-20.
Now, to keep from having that sole possession taken away, the Seahawks need to avoid an upset Monday night at Philadelphia.
Seattle is a 6.5-point favorite against the 3-6-1 Eagles, and with a victory would move to 8-3, a full game ahead of the 7-4 Rams in the NFC West, and knowing that Los Angeles still has to come to Lumen Field for a game next month.
What to watch for when the Seahawks play the Eagles on Monday Night Football
The Seahawks’ Philadelphia story has been a happy one during the Pete Carroll era.
Seattle is 5-0 in the regular season against the Eagles since Carroll arrived in 2010 and 1-0 in the playoffs, with each victory by at least eight points and four by 10 or more. Two of those wins came last year, one in the regular season and then in a wild-card playoff game, each somewhat bizarrely by the exact score of 17-9.
Monday, Seattle returns again for its third game in Philly in 53 weeks, hoping to not only extend the winning streak against the Eagles but stay on top of the NFC West. The Seahawks head there as 6 1/2-point favorites against a Philadelphia team that is just 3-6-1 but with a victory can stay atop an unusual race in the NFC East.
Here are the keys to the game.
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