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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks Thursday Night Football: Five Keys To a Philly Win

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The Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) are once again in the national spotlight, this week visiting Seattle to take on the Seahawks (4-7), on Thursday Night Football. Philadelphia takes the road following a crushing, playoff-eliminating loss to the New England Patriots at home, and at this point are playing for pride. Seattle is in a similar situation, and have no chance of making the postseason and are playing to not finish last in the NFC West. For the third consecutive week Vince Young has been named the starter, while Michael Vick attempts to recover from his broken ribs.

Here are five keys to an Eagles against the Seahawks:

5. Finish Offensive Drives 

Philadelphia has had a big problem this season with finishing off drives. Not just drives that go to into the red zone, but all offensive drives. Last week against New England, the Eagles offense failed to convert on multiple third and shorts and were forced to punt. Philadelphia has enough talent on the field that they should not have an issue converting these easy downs, and every first down could make or break a game. Seattle’s defense isn’t anywhere close to elite, and the Eagles can’t waste drives on third downs that should be easy conversions.

You know, Young has wheels, and I’m sure that Andy Reid has a quarterback draw or two in his playbook. Why not give it a shot?

4. Don’t Over-Use LeSean McCoy 

This could almost be counted as a joke, considering that the Eagles seem to avoid handing the ball off like the black plague. But the Eagles stud running back LeSean McCoy is listed as questionable for this game with turf toe, an injury sustained last Sunday. As valuable as McCoy is to the Eagles offense, they should use him sparingly this game.

The last thing that Philadelphia needs is for McCoy to aggravate and worsen an injury in a game that could be won without him. Behind McCoy, the Eagles still have Ronnie Brown and rookie Dion Lewis, who can both handle most of the carries in the game. Not starting McCoy will hurt the Eagles offense, but it’s better than having him sidelined for the rest of the year.

3. Vince Young Can’t Turn The Ball Over 

It’s debatable on how well Young has played since taking the starting job three weeks ago. He’s had a really good rhythm with the offense, and for the most part has made clutch throws downfield and scrambled when he’s needed to. On the other side, he has made a lot of errors downfield by throwing inaccurate or under-thrown passes, which generally land right in the hands of a defender.

Young is a better quarterback that to continue to throw into coverage, and the Eagles can’t afford him turning the ball over. This is common sense, but Young is going to have to really think through his reads before throwing downfield.

2. The Eagles Can’t Be Penalized 

I don’t know what it is about Reid’s teams, but it seems that every season they have a problem with penalties. For the most part, none of the flags thrown are all that serious, but it is just for stupid things. A holding call, an offsides, taunting, pass interference, neutral zone infractions. They all add up over the course of a game, and really come back and hurt the Eagles, especially on defense. Philadelphia was penalized over 10 times last week against New England, and they can’t have that many mistakes this week.

This is once again common football knowledge, and from a team that has a core group of veterans, this shouldn’t be happening.

1. Stop The Seahawks Running Game 

The Seahawks, due to their lack of talent at the quarterback positon, run the ball frequently. They have a trio of running backs, spear-headed by Marshawn Lynch, which can run a defense right off the field. This season Philadelphia has played fairly well against the run, but at times have been known to break down. Again, last week was a great example. The Patriots ran more than they passed, and they ended up chewing up the Eagles linebackers and getting easy yards on the ground.

If the Eagles allow Lynch and the Seahawks rushers to get rolling, they will lose. This is key to a Philadelphia win, and the defense has to step it up.


Philadelphia is coming off a really bad loss at home, and have almost no momentum coming into this game. However, the Seahawks are on a totally different level of talent, and the Eagles have a far superior team. What it will come down to is which Eagles team takes the field on Thursday Night, and depending on which it is, the game could either be a blowout, or a really tough loss. I’m going to side with the latter, and assume that Philly can win this one on the road. Eagles 28 – Seahawks 17

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