The Philadelphia Eagles can make a HUGE statement if they are able to go into Seattle on primetime and come out a winner.
The 10-1 Eagles are currently a 6 point favorite for Sunday's matchup with the 7-4 Seahawks.
A team being that big of a road favorite in Seattle is absolutely unheard of.
The 6 point line is all well and good, but this is still the Russell Wilson led Seattle Seahawks that we are talking about.
We wanted to get the Seattle point of view on this big matchup, so we reached out to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, and he was nice enough to answer a few questions for us.
Bob covered University of Washington football for 16 years, and is now a top Seahawks reporter for the Times.
BM: Bob, by their standards the Seahawks have had an up and down season, and have suffered major injuries along the way. What is the mindset of the team heading into Sunday night’s matchup?
BC: I think it's the same as always. This is a team that's been through a lot the last few years and knows that not everything goes smoothly. Despite everything, Seattle is 7-4 and if it wins out can win the NFC West, which is always its primary goal.
BC: Isn't every game a must-win this time of year? I think it's as important as any other --- last week's was, too -- when you are competing for a division title. The Rams are a game ahead of Seattle but the Seahawks beat the Rams earlier. So Seattle wants to stay at least within a game before they play the Rams again on Dec. 17. So yeah it'd be good to win this one.
BM: With covering the Seahawks, you see a lot of the LA Rams, what is your opinion on the Rams, and are they a legitimate Super Bowl contender?
BC: I think the Rams are totally legit. They've always had a pretty good defense and now with Sean McVay coming on and revamping the offense they can score points, too. At this point there is zero reason to doubt the Rams given what they have done this season.
BM: From a fans and media perspective, how are the Eagles and Carson Wentz viewed in Seattle?
BC: I think everybody realizes the Eagles are really darn good and that Wentz is having a great season. Philly isn't a team the Seahawks see all the time --- though this is obviously the second straight year --- so it's not necessarily a big rivalry or anything like the Cardinals or Rams or something. But I think fans will be pretty darn excited for it.
BC: They can't turn the ball over and they have to run it better than they have. The way the Eagles are scoring and stopping people I can't see Seattle winning this game with a negative turnover ratio. And given the way the Eagles are moving the ball I also think Seattle has to be able to run it a bit better than it has, if for no other reason than to limit the amount of possessions the Eagles get. They will need a big game from their offensive line, which finally is the one they have been hoping to have with Luke Joeckel back from injury.
BM: In the end, how do you see this game playing out?
BC: I'll probably go with the hot team here in the Eagles. Seattle is tough at home but also has lost its last two here and Seattle is just playing a bit too erratically of late --- slow starts, lots of penalties (last week excepted). That said, a Seattle win should hardly be regarded as a surprise. But the Eagles just look too good right now.