Originally posted on SeaTown Sports  |  Last updated 12/1/11


Here are three keys that each team must follow in order to come away with a victory in tonight's game at CenturyLink Field.

Philadelphia Eagles:

1) Establish the run. 

With Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin both out due to injuries, the passing game will be a bit limited with Vince Young under center. If LeSean McCoy is able to play tonight, the Eagles must pound the rock and try to gain yards on the ground against a stout Seahawks run defense. Young also will have to use his legs at times if the Eagles want to win.

2) Win the special teams battle.

Both teams will be looking to get points in the special teams department with DeSean Jackson and Leon Washington. For Philadelphia, Jackson must give his team good field position. It will be tough for the Eagles to drive the length of the field every time and hope to score with Young under center. Cutting the field in half would make life easier for Andy Reid and company.

3) Start fast.

With only three days of rest and a cross-country flight, Philadelphia will be a bit fatigued in this game. They must take the early lead if they want to have a chance in this game. If Seattle is able to take control in the 1st quarter, the Eagles will not have enough desire to fight back, especially with the 4-7 record they have now. A quick start is the only chance they have to come out of CenturyLink field with a victory. 

Seattle Seahawks:

1) Marshawn Lynch.

Tarvaris Jackson has been playing with a partially torn pectoral muscle for the past several weeks, and that is an injury that will get worse before it gets better. Seattle cannot afford to have Jackson throwing the ball 30-40 times tonight. They must continue and utilize Marshawn Lynch in the running game in order to win. Lynch has being racking up 100+ yards on the ground week after week recently, and they need to ride this hot streak. Lynch must produce for Seattle to come away with a win.

2) Stop the run.

Seattle must force Vince Young to beat them through the air. They cannot let LeSean McCoy or whoever starts at RB tonight for Philadelphia to get easy yards on the ground. Getting Alan Branch back in the middle of the defensive line will help. Branch, along with Red Bryant, must be a force in the middle to halt the Eagles ground attack. If the Seahawks can make Philadelphia a pass happy team tonight, they have a good shot.

3) Limit the penalties.

Game after game, penalties have been an issue for Seattle. They rank second behind only Oakland in terms of total penalties this season, and they need to cut down on this number. Penalties can lead to a loss, as evident in last week's debacle against the Redskins. The Seahawks must play clean and composed football to beat the Eagles.

The Verdict:

Both teams are coming off disappointing losses last Sunday. With the short week, the advantage has to go to the home team. With the Eagles being without Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin, and perhaps LeSean McCoy, they will not be able to put up as many points as they could with a full roster. Seattle and Philadelphia both have 4-7 records as well. But Philadelphia was expected to do more this year, and therefore one has to question their motivation level tonight. In the end, the edge lies in the home crowd and a more motivated Seahawks squad. 

Seahawks 24-20 

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