Seahawks vs. Eagles

When: Today, 5:20 p.m., CenturyLink Field

Records: Seahawks 4-7 after Sunday’s loss to the Redskins; Eagles 4-7 after Sunday’s loss to the Patriots

TV: NFL Network, with Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan

Radio: 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM, with Steve Raible, Warren Moon and Jen Mueller

Rest of the West: 49ers (9-2) vs. Rams (2-9) on Sunday, and 49ers can clinch division title with a victory; Cowboys at Cardinals (4-7) on Sunday

Matchup microscope

Seahawks defense vs. Eagles RB LaSean McCoy: The Eagles’ all-day-sucker of a back will test every element of the Seahawks’ No. 14-ranked defense all night long. McCoy is listed as questionable, but he leads the league in rushing (1,050 yards), touchdowns (13; 11 rushing, two receiving), first downs (77) and rushing first downs (64). He is averaging 5.3 yards per carry, and is the best and most versatile runner the Seahawks’ 11th-ranked run defense will have faced. He has 38 receptions, which will tax the Seahawks’ nickel unit as well as the base defense. He has 236 touches (198 carries to go with the 38 catches), which makes him a front-to-back task that will challenge each and every one of the Seahawks’ defenders.

One to watch

Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson: The short week has given Jackson no time to rest his sore right shoulder. He played Sunday, then threw Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and will start tonight. His “regular” routine since returning from the strained pectoral he got in the Week 5 upset of the Giants has been to throw on Sunday and Thursday, resting in between. With the Eagles’ offense averaging 420.1 yards and 21.5 points, the Seahawks will need a productive game from Jackson, whose passing yards have been on a downward spiral the past five games – from 323 against the Bengals, to 211 against the Cowboys, to 217 against the Ravens, to 148 against the Rams, to 144 against the Redskins.

Fun to watch

The Eagles defense vs. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch: The Eagles’ run defense ranks 15th in the league, allowing an average of 110.3 yards. It’s also giving up an average of 4.3 yards per carry, which also ranks middle-of-the-pack. Lynch has had his “Beast Mode” on the past four games, rushing for 135, 109, 88 and 111 yards. He’s also scored a touchdown in his past seven games. The Seahawks’ best option to move the ball, and also keep the Eagles’ offense on the sideline, is to continuing feeding the Beast.

 One tough task

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson and Seahawks WR Mike Williams: This isn’t a one-on-one matchup, of course, but their ability to bounce back could be vital because each is coming off the worst game of their equally disappointing seasons. Jackson was benched in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Patriots after dropping three passes, including two that would have been touchdowns. Williams did not catch a pass in Sunday’s loss to the Redskins, and also had a couple of drops – including one in the end zone. He sat out the end of the game because of a sore shoulder, but then admitted, “I wasn’t playing good anyway, so I don’t think it matters of I’m healthy or not.”

Worth noting

The Eagles are minus-9 in turnover ratio and have turned the ball over 25 times, which ties for the most in the league. … Eagles CB Asante Samuel has the most interceptions (38) in the league since 2006. … Eagles DE Jason Babin, who was with the Seahawks but rarely played in 2007-08, is tied for fifth in the league with 10 sacks. … Seahawks DE Chris Clemons played for the Eagles in 2008-09 and had seven sacks. He has eight this season, and also led the Seahawks with 11 last season. … Seahawks P Jon Ryan is averaging 49.6 yards in the past six games, with 13 of his 36 punts inside the 20 and longs of 71, 70, 67 and 65 yards. … MLB Jamar Chaney leads the Eagles with 76 tackles. … MLB David Hawthorne (72) and FS Earl Thomas (71) lead the Seahawks in tackles. … This is Game 4 in the Seahawks’ five-game all-bird-nickname schedule. They beat the Cardinals 13-10 in Week 3, lost to the Falcons 30-28 in Week 4 and beat the Ravens 22-17 in Week 10. They have a rematch with the Cardinals in their season finale.


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