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Eagles open as big favorites against the Seahawks IN Seattle


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The Eagles have been dominating their opponents lately; three straight wins of 28-plus points.

The odds-makers have taken notice.

Philadelphia opened up as 5.5 point favorites against the Seahawks in Seattle this week. 5.5 point favorites!

That’s the most points a road team has been favored by in Seattle dating all the way back to 2012. Six years ago!

Now, the line has shifted since opening late on Sunday. It immediately jumped to 3.5, which indicates a lot of money was coming in on the Seahawks. Now it’s back to up to 4 in most places, according to the SB Nation odds page.

Even though the Eagles are really good, I can’t fault people for betting on the ‘hawks. Seattle is 42-8 in their last 50 home games. As the Eagles have experienced first-hand, Pete Carroll’s team is not easy to beat there.

Then again, the Seahawks are looking more vulnerable than ever. They lost their last two games at home (Redskins, Falcons). It could’ve been three losses in a row if not for a last-minute comeback against the Texans.

Seattle is dealing with a number of key injuries lately. Star cornerback Richard Sherman is out for the year. Starting safety Kam Chancellor is also expected to miss the rest of the season. That’s two members of the Legion of Boom gone right there.

That’s not to suggest the game will be a walk in the park for Philly. Russell Wilson’s mobility could negate the Eagles’ defensive line pressure to some extent. Seattle will also be playing with desperation since they’re currently not projected to make the playoffs in the NFC playoff picture. The Seahawks are only one game back on the Rams so the NFC West is still there for the taking.

Sunday’s night game should be a good one. It’s always fun to see the Eagles crush opponents like they’ve been doing, but it wouldn’t hurt to see how Philly fares against a more competitive team.

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