Big win, still hope
On Thursday night at CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks (5-7) got back in the win column with a 31-14 win over the slumping Philadelphia Eagles. With the win Seattle kept their faint playoff hopes alive, but with San Francisco sitting at 9-2 the Seahawks will have to win and out and get some help.
Still the Seahawks have won 3 of their last 4 games and they are now in 2nd place in the NFC West.
Here are 5 reasons the Seahawks beat the Eagles on Thursday night.
1. Another strong game from Marshawn Lynch – Lynch took advantage of being in the primetime spotlight with another solid performance rushing for 148 yards with 2 TD.
He averaged a stellar 6.7 yards per carries in the game and peeled off a 40-yard TD run the beginning of the 2nd quarter.
Lynch has rushed for 100+ yards in 4 of his last 5 games and he has scored a rushing TD in 8 straight.
2. Turnovers –The Seattle pass defense intercepted Eagles’ QB Vince Young 4 times and David Hawthorne’s 4th quarter pick was returned 77 yards for a TD and that iced the game.
In the game Seattle’s Brandon Browner had his first career game with 2 picks.
3. Tarvaris Jackson was stellar managing the game – Seattle’s QB did not put up eye popping numbers in the win over Philly, but he was 13 for 16 with 1 TD and 0 INT.
In the end Jackson’s QB rating was 137, which was the best of his career.
4. McCoy was held in check – The Seattle run D was coming off a game where they allowed Washington rookie RB to have the first 100+ yard game of his career, but on Thursday night they held Philly RB LeSean McCoy to only 84 yards.
Coming into the game McCoy had the most rushing yards in the league. It helped that Seattle was up big heading into the 4th quarter, which meant the Eagles had to air it out in order to come back.
5. No sloppy play this week – Last week in the loss to Washington the Seahawks played sloppy making critical penalties and giving up 2 big plays in the 2nd half.
In the Eagles’ game Seattle was only penalized 5 times for 30 yards and they did not commit a turnover.
Next Up: The Seahawks are in primetime again in their next game on Monday night and there is a great chance they will get another win, as they host the 2-9 Rams, who the Seahawks schooled a few weeks back 24-7 in St. Louis.