JEFF MCLANE Record, 5-6
LeSean McCoy will start, as expected, that is all ye need to know. The Eagles running back with the toe bruise was deemed a game-time decision, but McCoy never had any intention of sitting. He may not be 100 percent, but I suspect Andy Reid won't ignore his best offensive weapon two weeks in a row. That is a good thing, in case you didn't know. So more McCoy means a balanced offense and one that should take advantage of Seattle's inconsistent defense.
On defense, the Eagles have a couple of defensive ends that have some extra motivation going against their former team (the Seahawks have former Eagles defensive end and Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky Chris Clemons). Jason Babin and Darryl Tapp have differing feelings toward their old team -- Babin hates the organization, Tapp doesn't -- but I think the line, as a whole, will get after Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. The rest will take care of itself, even if Nnamdi Asomugha (knee) is limited. Eagles, 23-20.
What goes right: DeSean Jackson actually catches a ball over the middle.
What goes wrong: Vince Young throws a couple of interceptions.
There’s not a lot to like about either team tonight. The Seahawks have an awful offense led by Jackson, who might be one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL. The Eagles, though, have shown that they are capable of losing to anyone (including John Skelton) and are making a long trip West on short rest. They had only one real practice this week and when other teams have made big treks for Thursday games, they have looked flat.
So who is less miserable? I’ll say the Eagles win simply by having more talent, though at this point, there’s not much conviction behind picking them to win. Eagles, 20-16.
What goes right: The front four gets in Jackson’s face often. Seattle has allowed 36 sacks, tied for second most in the NFL.
What goes wrong: Young’s accuracy continues to change from pass to pass, and results in some stunted drives.