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Not Seattle’s best

NFL: DEC 16 Seahawks at 49ers Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

When and where: Week 12 SNF at the Linc

Last season: 10-6. Offense: Scoring 6th, Yards 18th, DVOA 9th; Defense: Scoring 11th, Yards 16th, DVOA 14th

Notable additions: Ziggy Ansah

Notable losses: Frank Clark, Justin Coleman, Shemar Steven, Earl Thomas

What are they good at?

The Seahawks are now an offense first team, and for the first time in years the Seahawks had something that looks like a balanced offense. A 1000 yard rusher isn’t much anymore, but Seattle hadn’t had one in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Their running back situation was so bad that in 2017 Russell Wilson was the team’s leading rusher. That changed in 2018, when Chris Carson had over 1100 rushing yards. Not coincidentally, he was also the first running back with over 150 attempts for the Seahawks. The balance helped Russell Wilson post career bests in touchdowns, interceptions, and along with it passer rating. Wilson is always dangerous, now he has some help.

What are they bad at?

The Seahawks defense wasn’t bad last year, but it could drag them down in 2019. They traded away Frank Clark and replaced him with Ziggy Ansah, a downgrade, and they struggled to replace Earl Thomas when he got hurt last year and haven’t added anyone reliable to fill the void. They still have Bobby Wagner and a bunch of young promising players, but it’s not hard to see a defensive line that got worse and a secondary that had issues and didn’t get better adding up to a bad year for Seattle.

Why the Eagles will win

Over the past three seasons, including playoffs, the Seahawks are 12-13-1 on the road, in the three years prior they were 22-10. Seattle is still a tough out, but they’re beatable. And for all the improvements that Seattle has made on offense, Russell Wilson was sacked on over 10% of his drop backs. They’ve still got offensive line issues to sort out.

Why the Eagles will lose

The Seahawks have a built in advantage in this game, they are coming off their bye. They do have to travel coast to coast for a night game, but they’ll be rested and prepared.

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