Seahawks vs. Eagles, 1/5/20 Wildcard Weekend NFL Playoffs Predictions

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Updated: January 5, 2020

Seahawks vs. Eagles Spread Prediction

Seahawks vs. Eagles, 1/5/20 Wildcard Weekend NFL Playoffs Predictions

The line in Sunday’s NFL Wildcard matchup between the Seahawks and Eagles has bounced back and forth all week. Now a 1-point home favorite, are the Eagles the play over the Seahawks today at 4:40 p.m. ET?

Game Snapshot

147 Seattle Seahawks (+1) at 148 Philadelphia Eagles (-1); O/U 45

4:40 p.m. ET, Sunday, January 5, 2020

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

Public Betting Odds

According to our NFL Public Betting Chart page, the Seahawks are drawing 68% of the betting tickets ahead of Sunday’s game.

Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Spin

Seahawks WR Jaron Brown (knee, personal) is questionable for the team’s Wild Card matchup against the Eagles. Coach Pete Carroll said Brown has bounced back extremely well from his knee injury and would have practiced Friday if he didn’t need to attend to a personal matter. Carroll was “shocked” Brown made the jump he did after previously indicated that the backup WR wouldn’t be suiting up on Sunday. Malik Turner (concussion) has already been ruled out, so Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf and David Moore will work in three-WR sets. Both Lockett and Metcalf possess incredibly fantasy-friendly roles when it comes to deep ball and red zone targets. We can determine the true fantasy-friendly nature of a WR’s targets by assigning the historical average of PPR per red zone, deep ball and normal targets to each player’s respective opportunities. Lockett (No. 2) and Metcalf (No. 6) rank highly among 78 players with at least 50 targets this season.

Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Spin

NBC Philly’s Derrick Gunn reports Zach Ertz (questionable, ribs/back) has been cleared to play in Sunday’s Wild Card game against Seattle. Ertz hadn’t been cleared for contact after a week of limited practice, so this is obviously great news. He’s still not going to be fully healthy, making him a risk for reduced snaps and in-game setbacks. Ertz’s presence is a huge boost to Carson Wentz’s injury-depleted supporting cast. The Eagles will also have Miles Sanders (ankle) for the first round of the playoffs.

Seattle

The Seahawks are 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four games overall and are just 2-5 against the number in their last seven playoff games.

Philadelphia

The Eagles have covered in five straight playoff games and are 6-0 against the number in their last six games played in January.

NFL Wildcard Weekend Prediction

While the injuries at the wide receiver position certainly hurts, but the more devastating issue for Philadelphia is along the offensive line. Not having Lane Johnson (ankle) or Brandon Brooks is a killer. The Eagles were down multiple offensive linemen the first time they faced the Seahawks and Carson Wentz was a turnover machine while he was under siege. That said, I’m not enamored with this Seattle team. The defense lacks speed and is inconsistent, while the offense is Russell Wilson masking the issues that they have along the offensive line, as well as the cluster injuries the team has at running back. With injuries impacting both teams (Seattle will be without left tackle Duane Brown again, which is a huge blow), this is the biggest toss up Wildcard Weekend. That said, while the Seahawks lost three of their last four games to end the season, the Eagles rattled off four straight wins to bump off the Cowboys for the NFC East Division crown. I’ll take the hotter team playing at home in a coin flip game.

NFL WILDCARD WEEKEND PREDICTION: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -1



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