After two consecutive division wins, the Seattle Seahawks enter the final month in control in the NFC West. If Seattle wins out, which includes a Week 16 matchup against the 9-3 Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks will take home the division crown for the second consecutive year.
“You just want to keep winning, one game at a time,” said Russell Wilson. “Go 1-0 every week and have a championship mindset. You just want to keep building, one week at a time.”
But before the Seahawks can lock up the division, they will have to face a Philadelphia Eagles team that is coming off a 33-10 win in Dallas. Philadelphia’s offense ranks fourth in the league and are fourth in scoring with an average of 31.3 points.
Carroll on LeSean McCoy: “There’s going to be some shakin and bakin this game. How did we miss Shady back in recruiting (at USC)?” #SEAvsPHI
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 3, 2014
Behind LeSean McCoy’s 159 rushing yards and one touchdown in the win over the Cowboys, the Eagles took over sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
With four games remaining, Philadelphia is in control of the division, but they’re up against a defense that has limited teams to just three points the past two games. The Seahawks defense is allowing teams to score just 18.4 points per game.
“I don’t think we go into it thinking that we have got to win the game, but there is a difference between our offense going against anyone else’s defense and our offense going against Seattle,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “You definitely realize that this is probably going to be a defensive struggle.
“We don’t expect our offense to go in and put up 35 points on this defense, but we don’t approach it any other way. There’s nothing we’ve got to do extraordinary that we wouldn’t go out and do anyway. We don’t want to give up more than 10 points a game anyway, so we’ll do our part and the offense will do theirs and we’ll see where we stand.”
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-4) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (9-3)
|STREAKS||3 of past 4|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Carroll: 1-1||Kelly: 0-0|
|LAST WEEK||W 19-3 at 49ers||W 33-10 at Cowboys|
|LAST GAME||12/1/11: Eagles 14 at Seahawks 31. Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch rushes for 148 yards & 2 TDs (15, 40). Seahawks defense records 4 INTs, including LB David Hawthorne’s 77-yard INT-TD.|
|12/2/07: Seahawks 28, Eagles 24. Seattle RB Maurice Morris rushes for 45-yard TD & WR Nate Burleson has 43-yard TD catch. Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu records 3 INTs.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Sea.), 85 (Phi.). XM: 85 (Phi.).|
|PASSING||Wilson: 214-335-2466-15-5-94.7||Sanchez: 111-175-1404-8-6-89.3|
|RUSHING||Lynch: 212-956 (3C)-4.5-9 (1L)||McCoy: 242-1018 (3L)-4.2-4|
|RECEIVING||Baldwin: 48-519-10.8-2||Maclin: 71-1088-15.3-9|
|SACKS||Avril, Bennett: 5||Barwin: 12.5 (1C)|
|INTs||Sherman: 3||Jenkins: 3|
|PUNTING||Ryan: 45.1||Jones: 43.9|
|KICKING||Hauschka: 110 (2C) (29/29 PAT; 27/30 FG)||Parkey (R): 123 (1L) (42/42 PAT, 27/29 FG)|