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Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pick – Who Wins the Showdown in Philly?

| December 31, 2019 11:21 pm PDT
2020 NFL Wild Card Betting - Seahawks vs. Eagles Odds and Predictions

If the Seahawks vs. Eagles betting odds tell us one thing, it’s that we should expect a barnburner to take place in Philadelphia. In fact, of the four NFL wild card matchups this weekend, you can argue that the final one on the schedule packs the most punch.

The Eagles may not impress everyone on paper with their 9-7 record and a lineup that’s littered with former practice squad players, but the last time I checked, they don’t play playoff games on paper.

They take place on the gridiron.

I’m joined by Noah Davis to preview Sunday’s game at Lincoln Financial Field, as we’ve already made our predictions for the other Wild Card games.

We’ll each tell you who we expect to emerge with the victory, and we’ll also include our favorite bet of the game. But before we get into our Seahawks vs. Eagles predictions and picks, let’s take a peek at the pricing.

Seahawks vs. Eagles Wild Card Odds

Seattle Seahawks (-2.5) -115
Philadelphia Eagles (+2.5) -105
Seattle Seahawks to Win -145
Philadelphia Eagles to Win +125
Over 46 -105
Under 46 -115

Talk about a quick flip-flop. All you have to do is check out what the top NFL betting sites have done with the Seattle vs. Philadelphia odds since they were first installed. Philly opened at a 1-point favorite, but enough bets came pouring in on the Seahawks straight away that the best sportsbooks online adjusted the line to Seattle -1.

As we approach the kickoff on Sunday, the line has risen to Seahawks -2.5 and could continue elevating.

Does this mean we should pounce on the Eagles and capture the value, or will Pete Carroll turn this into a one-sided affair?

Before Noah and I offer our two cents, I’d like to open your eyes to a wealth of betting data that relates to this particular game. 

Useful Seahawks vs. Eagles Betting Data

Staying up to date on the status of certain players will obviously be key before you place any wagers on the Seahawks vs. Eagles game, but understanding how each team has performed against the spread (ATS) is also critical information.

We know the Seahawks are playing this game on the road and the Eagles are playing at home, so use the following numbers to help you form a betting opinion.

  • Eagles are 9-7 on the year
  • Eagles are 5-3 at home
  • Eagles are 7-9 ATS
  • Eagles are 3-4 as underdog ATS
  • Eagles are 3-5 at home ATS
  • Eagles are 1-2 at home as underdog ATS
  • Eagles are 7-5 against NFC
  • Eagles are 5-7 ATS against NFC
  • Eagles are 4-6 against non-NFC East teams
  • Eagles are 4-6 ATS against non-NFC East teams
  • Over is 8-8 in Eagles games
  • Over is 8-7-1 in Seahawks games
  • Seahawks are 11-5 on the year
  • Seahawks are 7-1 on the road
  • Seahawks are 7-8-1 ATS
  • Seahawks are 4-6-1 as favorite ATS
  • Seahawks are 5-2-1 on the road ATS
  • Seahawks are 2-1-1 on the road as favorite ATS
  • Seahawks are 8-4 against NFC
  • Seahawks are 5-6-1 ATS against NFC
  • Seahawks are 8-2 against non-NFC West teams
  • Seahawks are 5-4-1 ATS against non-NFC West teams
  • Seahawks won last meeting (Week 12, 2019), 17-9
  • Seahawks lead all-time series, 10-7
  • Eagles have won four games in a row
  • Seahawks have lost three of their last four games
  • Doug Pederson is 4-1 all-time in the Playoffs
  • Pete Carroll is 10-8 all-time in the Playoffs (9-6 as the head coach of the Seahawks)

You don’t necessarily need to use every single piece of data that you see, but there are definitely a few lines that caught my eye. For example, Seattle won seven of their eight road games in 2019 despite going just 4-4 at CenturyLink Field. And in those eight games as a visitor, the Seahawks failed to cover the spread just twice.

Meanwhile, you can see that backing the Eagles at home this year has been a losing proposition.

Taking these figures into account, investing in the Seahawks seems like the obvious play. Judging by the money that has been bet thus far, the public certainly agrees.

Follow along to see if Noah and I are on board with the masses.

Seahawks vs. Eagles Prediction: Who Will Win?

Perhaps my built-in bias toward Philadelphia is seeping into my prediction for Sunday, but I have a hunch that the Eagles are going to win this game. Losing Pro-Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks is a big loss, but all signs are pointing toward Miles Sanders being able to play. Doug Pederson is desperately hoping that stud tight end Zach Ertz can give it a go, but a cracked rib and lacerated kidney aren’t the types of injuries that typically rehab too quickly.

We already know Alshon Jeffery is shelved, and DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor aren’t trending in the right direction. With so many integral parts of the lineup battered and unable to play, you might be wondering why the heck I am pegging the Eagles to win the game!

Fortunately, Dallas Goedert has filled in and provided an insurance blanket of sorts for Carson Wentz. Guys like Greg Ward Jr. and Robert Davis can step up and make plays, and Boston Scott has been nothing short of spectacular. While these names aren’t going to jump off the page, here’s what Carson’s current supporting cast all has in common.

They don’t have a sense of entitlement from winning Super Bowl 52, nor do they have any scar tissue from prior failures. They’re just out there playing the game they love, getting coached by one of the best head honchos in the business.

After winning their last four games of the regular season just to qualify for the playoffs in the first place, I think this positive momentum they’ve garnered can carry them quite far.

  • Philadelphia Eagles to Win

Noah Davis’ Pick

Yeah, what Michael said. I don’t even know if there’s anything all that tangible to hold onto for this game. 

The Seahawks’ ability to win big games (plus their insane 7-1 record) are both scary. They’re 12-4 and very nearly swept the 49ers to claim the NFC West.

But they didn’t. Seattle failed with all of the chips on the table, which is kind of how their stretch run went. 

The Seahawks are capable of winning against anyone anywhere, but which version will show up? The one that started the year 9-2 and nearly won a tough division, or the one that backed into the playoffs with a 2-3 mark over their last five contests?

Another huge question mark is Seattle’s running game. Gone are Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, and in is…Beast Mode? It is laughable that this once-balanced offense now has to lean on a retired running back and a dude named Travis Homer.

This, against one of the most physical fronts in all of football.

Philly makes you pay against the run, while they have the ability to control games on the other side and still have their own dynamic quarterback in Carson Wentz.

This was supposed to be the year of Russell Wilson, but instead, the Eagles are red-hot as winners of four straight. Activate the Carson Wentz Redemption Tour, fair friends. I probably shouldn’t be this excited to back the Eagles, but these guys respond well to being dogs, and you’re getting a sweet price in their home park.

That’s what winning a division gets you. I know the NFC East is a joke, but here are the Eagles, ready to laugh their way to the Divisional Round. I think they get there.

  • Philadelphia Eagles to Win

Best Bet for Seahawks vs. Eagles

While the Eagles are lurking as a 1.5-point underdog at places like BetOnline, I found them sitting as a 2.5-point underdog at Bovada. And did I mention that I only had to lay -105 to lock “The Iggles” in?

I’m fully aware of the late-game dynamics that Russell Wilson can present, but leaning on Travis Homer and 33-year-old Marshawn Lynch isn’t exactly ideal. Had Pete Carrol been able to utilize his 1-2 punch of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, surely I’d be singing a different tune. But outside of Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, the Seahawks are just as limited as Philly is on offense.

Jim Schwartz hasn’t had his best year coaching defense in 2019, but the vibes in the locker room are as high as they have been all season long. Philly stifled Dak Prescott and the Cowboys in a must-win game back in Week 16, and they created turnovers when they needed to last Sunday versus the Giants.

The Eagles will have the fans at Lincoln Financial Field behind them, plus they have a 2.5-point cushion to fall back on.  

That’s enough persuasion for me.

  • Philadelphia Eagles (+2.5)

Noah Davis’ Top Bet

I’m with Michael here, but I’ll go the extra mile and double down on the Eagles as the winner. Based on everything Wynn is selling and all the things I said, I really like Philly at home in this one.

The Eagles could be a different team in the playoffs with Nick Foles gone, but they’ve really rallied around Wentz to close out the regular season. Should Philadelphia advance to round two, they could get DeSean Jackson back, and suddenly, this team feels really dangerous.

Admittedly, the Eagles first need to take out a pretty good Seattle team at home. But the Seahawks are down their best two running backs, and this matchup doesn’t favor how they do things.

My guess is Philly gets to Russell Wilson early, gets a small lead, and holds on for dear life. It won’t be pretty, and it’ll be tight, but I think Philly stages the small upset at home.

  • Philadelphia Eagles to Win

A Quick Review

Either great minds think alike or we both just want to fade the public in this spot. In any case, both Noah and I are suggesting a bet on Philadelphia this Sunday afternoon.

If you take away their records and focus on their point differential, you might be in agreement.

Seattle won 11 of 16 regular-season games, but they ended the year just +7 in point differential. The Eagles finished +31, plus their defense surrenders fewer yards and fewer points per game.

I’m not going to be in Center City climbing the street poles if they win, but I may tell a few friends at work, “I told ya so.”

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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