After a much needed road and division win, the Seahawks are back at home preparing to face the Philadelphia Eagles, a very tough NFC East team. The broken record continues to stay under the needle as Seattle has had problems with staying healthy this season. Seattle will be without the help of their sack leader Patrick Kerney, who will miss the game with a banged up shoulder.
However unfortunate, Seattle needs to concentrate on shutting down both DeSean Jackson, the NFL rookie receiving leader, and Brian Westbrook who had a big game after returning from a rib injury against Atlanta. The Seahawks have one of the NFL's worst passing defenses, allowing 245 passing yards per game, and are going into this match-up looking to shut down Donovan McNabb.
Andy Reed is going to make sure that there is constant pressure on Seneca Wallace. It will be important for Walter Jones to control Trent Cole, the shining Philadelphia DE. Keeping the Philadelphia defense away from Wallace is going to be a difficult task, because the Eagles are ranked second in the NFL in sacks. The key against a rushing defense, is to get the short pass going. Look for Maurice Morris and Julius Jones in the flat, and a lot of attempts to the Seahawk's Tight end Leonard Weaver.
It is going to be an exciting game at Qwest Field with the Eagles as the favorite to win. If the Seahawks's can pull off the underdog victory, they can go into Miami in week ten (against a well playing Dolphin team) with much needed confidence to pull off a win on the road. Seattle could use a small winning streak and some confidence going into these next six weeks because they will also be matching up against Arizona, Washington, Dallas, and then New England.