The NFL postseason has finally arrived and the Eagles incredibly find themselves with a home playoff game despite a mediocre 9-7 straight-up record.
The Birds weren’t any great shakes betting-wise this season as well, as they finished the regular season 7-9-0 against the spread.
That said, there are many reasons to believe that Doug Pederson’s crew can not only beat the +2 spread against the Seahawks this Sunday, but also win the game outright.
Here is the FanDuel Sportsbook betting info for Sunday’s affair:
Spread: Eagles +2 (-109), Seahawks -2 (-112)
Moneyline: Eagles +107, Seahawks -130
Over – Under: 46 points total (-110)
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Momentum is a very real thing this time of year, and the Eagles and Seahawks are two teams heading in opposite directions.
After peaking in October and November with a stretch that included winning seven out of eight games (including a 17-9 win over the Eagles in Philly on Nov. 24), Seattle lost three out of four to close the regular season.
Those losses included a 16-point road “L” to the Rams, a 14-point home defeat to the Cardinals, and Sunday night’s five-point home loss to the 49ers.
While the Eagles didn’t exactly take down any Super Bowl contenders over the past two months, they have been getting used to that winning feeling in recent weeks. The Birds have won four straight games, with an average margin of victory of 10.2 points, while the Seahawks’ average margin of loss in their recent rough patch has been 11.6.
Jim Schwartz’ defense did a terrific job on Russell Wilson in the first meeting this season, limiting the Seahawks QB to just 13-of-25 passing with 200 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Birds’ D also sacked Wilson six times for a loss of 26 yards in that one.
Where the Eagles were burned that day came in the running game, as Rashaad Penny scampered for 129 yards on 14 carries. Penny is now done for the year with a knee injury, as is Chris Carson – who went down with a season-ending hip injury.
Marshawn Lynch looked pretty good in his return to the Seahawks on Sunday night, rushing for 34 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, but that may have been just a nostalgia act that was fueled by the Seattle crowd.
The Eagles should be able to stifle the Seattle run game, and they have already proven that they’re able to handle Wilson.
The play: Eagles +2 (-109)