Wednesday, November 30, 2011

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW - PHILADELPHIA @ SEATTLE


PHILADELPHIA @ SEATTLE
The Eagles fly to the northwest, hoping that in facing one of the league’s worst offenses, their defense might shore up the ship and make it fly right.  Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin have been ruled out for this game, once again leaving the onus on Vince Young and DeSean Jackson.  Jackson hasn’t been up to the task, as he dropped three balls last weekend, two that would have been touchdowns.  The speedy receiver now faces Seattle’s secondary, one that is 14th best at giving up least fantasy points to receivers, and has allowed just 14 passing touchdowns on the year.  LeSean McCoy is a strong play again, as the Seahawks allowed Washington RB Roy Helu 108 yards on 23 carries, as well as 54 receiving yards on seven catches in Week 11.  Keep an eye also on TE Brent Celek, who in Young’s two starts has 11 catches for 135 yards.  The Seahawks lost Sidney Rice to the injured reserve with a concussion, taking a good portion of their offense with him.  Thus, Marshawn Lynch will get many opportunities to try to keep the Eagles offense off the field.  He has three 100-yard performances in his last five games, and has scored in four of those.  With the Eagles yielding 110 yards per game (ranked 15th), Lynch will be key to the Seahawks game plan.  Tarvaris Jackson has just three touchdown passes in his last five games, and until last week, had gone five games without multiple touchdowns in a week.  Seattle receivers  Ben Obamanu and Doug Baldwin will attempt to help the passing game, but keep in mind Baldwin leads the team with just 37 receptions and two touchdowns.  I like the Eagles to win, but not to cover.
 

EAGLES 24, SEAHAWKS 21