When: Thursday, 5:20 p.m., CenturyLink Field
Record: 4-7 after losing three of their past four, including a 30-20 loss the Patriots at home on Sunday
Where they rank: No. 3 on offense (2nd rushing, 10th passing); No. 15 on defense (15th rushing, 16th passing)
Series: Eagles lead 7-5, including a 26-7 victory in the last meeting on Nov. 2, 2008, in Seattle
Star power: LeSean McCoy. In a season of diminishing returns for his team, the third-year running back continues to produce – 1,050 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing; 38 receptions and two more TDs. His 78 points lead the league for non-kickers. He also leads the league is rushing yards and first downs (77), and is third in combined rushing and receiving yards (1,278) behind the Bears’ Matt Forte (1,475) and the Bills’ Fred Jackson (1,376). After watching the success the Redskins’ Roy Helu (108 yards) and Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray (139) had running outside on the Seattle defense in recent weeks, the Eagles will test the Seahawks with McCoy.
Unsung hero: Brent Celek. In a hit-and-miss season, the Eagles’ tight end remains mostly a hit. He has caught 42 passes for a 10.9-yard average and two touchdowns. It’s just that few have noticed because of all the other options the offense features, and all the other issues with this team.
On the spot: Andy Reid. Really. In a what-have-you-done-for-us-lately move, fans in Philly were chanting “Fire Andy” at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. Forgot those four consecutive appearances in the NFC Championship game (2000-2003), what they remember in the City of Brotherly – if not head coach – Love is recent history. For Reid, that’s going from NFC runner-up in 2008, to 11-5 in 2009, to 10-6 last season to 4-7 this season. This is not what was expected after the Eagles acquired an array of free-agent talent this season, prompting QB Vince Young to regrettably label them the “Dream Team.”
Burning question: What has happened to DeSean Jackson? Last season, he averaged 22.5 yards on 47 receptions, with six touchdowns; and 11.6 yards on punt returns with a 65-yard TD. This season, it’s a 17.0-yard average on 39 receptions, a 7.3-yard average on punt returns and two TDs total. Rock met bottom on Sunday, when Jackson was benched in the fourth quarter after dropping a couple of touchdown passes.
Number to know: 420.1. That’s how many yards the Eagles are averaging per game. It’s 75.5 more than their defense is allowing, and only the Saints (449.6) and Patriots (429.5) are averaging more. Need more perceptive? The Seahawks have gained more than 400 yards only twice this season.
Familiar faces: DE Jason Babin, who has 10 sacks, played for the Seahawks in 2007-08. DE Darryl Tapp was the Seahawks’ second-round draft choice in 2006 and started 30 games from 2006-09 before being traded to the Eagles last season for DE Chris Clemons. FB Owen Schmitt was the Seahawks’ fifth-round draft choice in 2008, but was released last year. Offensive line coach Howard Mudd held the same position with the Seahawks from 1978-82 and 1993-97.
The last word: “It could be if everyone takes their frustration and we take it out on Seattle.” – defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins when asked if the disappointment of Sunday’s loss can help the team prepare during its short week