Season records: Eagles 10-1; Seahawks 7-4

Line: Eagles by 5 points

Over/under: 47 points

TV Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (NBC)

Forecast: Partly cloudy, 40 degrees, 5 percent chance of precipitation, winds from SE at 3 mph (

My pick: Eagles pass a big test. Eagles 24, Seahawks 21. (season record: 9-2)

Last time met: The Eagles suffered their fifth straight road loss last season with a 26-15 defeat at Seattle Nov. 20, 2016, at CenturyLink Field. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a touchdown pass and caught one while the Seahawks scored 20 straight points. The Eagles had a touchdown negated when wide receiver Nelson Agholor lined up offsides.

Eagles’ best-case scenario: They clinch their first NFC East title since 2013 by earning their ninth straight win. Quarterback Carson Wentz quiets the rowdy crowd with three touchdown passes. Agholor has his first 100-yard receiving game of the season. The Eagles’ defense records four sacks. Place-kicker Jake Elliott kicks a game-winning field goal.

Eagles’ worst-case scenario: They start their three-game road trip with a loss. Minnesota wins, leaving the Eagles tied with the Vikings for the best record in the NFC. The Eagles’ offense struggles with crowd noise and can’t get into a rhythm. Wentz throws two interceptions. Wilson throws two TD passes and runs for one.

Keep an eye on: Seahawks defensive end Marcus Smith (No. 97). Smith, the Eagles’ first-round draft pick in 2014, was signed by the Seahawks after the Eagles cut him last summer. The 6-foot-3, 258-pounder has played well for Seattle, registering 12 tackles and 2½ sacks.

Notable numbers

Seahawks lead series 8-7 and have won last three meetings. ... Eagles have not won in Seattle since 2008. ... Eagles have won four straight games by 20 or more points. ... Eagles are 10-1 for fourth time in franchise history. ...Seahawks’ four losses were by a combined 20 points. ... Seahawks are home underdogs for fourth time since 2012. They won the previous three games. ... Seahawks are NFC-best 88-37 at home since 2002. ... Seahawks lead the league with 109 penalties. Eagles have 66.

Assessing the offenses

Eagles: They have scored 30 or more points in the last five games and have scored a league-best 351 points. Wentz has 28 TD passes against just five interceptions.

Running back LeGarrette Blount just missed his second 100-yard rushing game last week with 97 yards against Chicago. Tight end Zach Ertz (103 yards on 10 catches) had the team’s first 100-yard receiving game. Agholor and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery are both playing well. Elliott has been terrific.

Seahawks: Wilson is the key to their offense. He is their leading rusher with 401 yards and has 23 TD passes against eight interceptions. Veteran running back Eddie Lacy has not done much. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin leads the team with 58 receptions for 698 yards. Jimmy Graham leads all NFL tight ends with eight TD catches. Place-kicker Blair Walsh has been a disappointment.


Assessing the defenses

Eagles: The league’s top-rated run defense limited the Bears to just 6 rushing yards. The defensive line has been very impressive, especially ends Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry and tackles Fletcher Cox and Timmy Jernigan. Safety Rodney McLeod and cornerback Jalen Mills have three interceptions apiece. They have scored three defensive touchdowns this season.

Seahawks: They have held four of the last six opponents to 20 points or less, but the “Legion of Boom” has really been hurt.

End Cliff Avril (herniated neck disc), safety Kam Chancellor (sprained neck) and cornerback Richard Sherman (ruptured Achilles tendon) are all out for the rest of the season. Former Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell rejoined the Seahawks as a backup. Safety Earl Thomas is the best in the league.


Assessing the coaches

Eagles: Doug Pederson can do no wrong.

Seahawks: Pete Carroll has the team back in the playoff hunt.



Eagles: They have not been tested in a while.

Seahawks: They want to restore home-field advantage.


Other views

John McGrath, Tacoma News Tribune

“There are some things around the Puget Sound region we’ve come to accept as inevitable: Orange construction cones on Interstate 5. Delayed departures at Sea-Tac. And the Seahawks taking care of business in Seattle.”

Key matchup

Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor (No. 17) vs. Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell (41). Agholor returns to the scene of his worst NFL game last season, when he committed a costly penalty and dropped an easy pass. Maxwell, who played for the Eagles in 2015, was signed to help replace Sherman.

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