Now that the regular season has unfolded and the Eagles, with their committee-like approach to surviving through Week 17 has paid off with an NFC East title, the next task sits on the calendar for January 5th: the Seattle Seahawks.

The Eagles have made almost a folk-hero like a story of how they put together a “Band of Brothers” from rookies, the practice squad and anywhere they could find (short of open tryouts again) to be Beasts of the NFC East and set a date for the postseason next week.

The Seahawks, finishing 11-5 and still a threat even after stumbling against the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49er’s, earned the second NFC Wild Card spot and will face the Eagles this Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

While this will be a home game for the Eagles, the danger lies in the fact that the Seahawks this season actually posted a better 7-1 road record while only going 4-4 at home with their famed “12th Man” crowds. The Eagles and their fans have to be wary of a road team coming into Philadelphia with a strong road record as Pete Carroll and Company seem to have had little problems playing in hostile territory during the 2019 regular season.

There are 3 Seahawks the Eagles need to keep tabs on.

Russell Wilson

The Seahawks bring to Philadelphia this Sunday multiple weapons who have been in the playoffs before and know the environment well.  Russell Wilson, going into Week 17, was the 3rd ranked quarterback in the NFL with 3877 yards passing and 29 TD’s while only throwing 5 interceptions all year for a 107.3 rating.

Combined with 313 yards rushing, Wilson continues to be one of the NFL’s elite QBs and has won one Super Bowl and coming to within one play of winning another one he will prove to be a dangerous weapon for the Seahawks.

Tyler Lockett

One of Wilson’s favorite targets, of course, will be Tyler Lockett who now has 76 receptions for the year for 1006 yards and 7 TD’s.  Lockett, who also brings back kickoff and punt returns, has proven to be a trusted passing target for Russell Wilson and will no doubt be a challenge for the Eagles’ secondary this Sunday.  (On a side note, as a high school coach in OK I got the privilege of coaching against Tyler Lockett multiple times including a state championship game.  He is a great young man and a truly talented athlete and should be respected as a great opponent this week.)

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

, aka “Beast Mode” is back in the Seahawks backfield where he had so much success for most of his career and while he only posted 12 carries for 34 yards and 1 TD against the 49’ers in Week 17, Beast Mode may prove to be a major ground threat as he’s replaced a depleted Seahawks running backs corps.

With everything being said, this Sunday’s game will match two good teams who have earned their way into the postseason.
Let’s just see if the Eagles “Band of Brothers” will be up to this challenge and move on to the NFC divisional round.

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