A potential NFC playoff matchup will take place at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles host the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The Eagles took over sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 33-10 rout of the Dallas Cowboys as three-point road favorites on Thanksgiving Day, while the Seahawks picked up another game on the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West race with a 19-3 victory against the San Francisco 49ers as one-point road dogs that night.
Point spread: Eagles opened as 1.5-point favorites; the total was 48.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. (Line updates and matchup report)
NFL pick, via Odds Shark computer: 31.2-30.8 Eagles
Why the Seahawks can cover the spread
Seattle has started to look like the team that won the Super Bowl last year, with wins in five of its last six games. The Seahawks' lone loss during that stretch came against the Kansas City Chiefs, 24-20, in Week 11 as one-point underdogs in a game they could have easily won.
They are coming off a pair of stellar defensive efforts against divisional opponents, beating the Cardinals and 49ers by a combined score of 38-6.
While Philadelphia presents the defense with a much different challenge, Seattle has won three of the last four meetings both straight up and against the spread.
Why the Eagles can cover the spread
The Eagles are one of the top three Super Bowl contenders in the NFC, along with the Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, and with good reason. They showed how dangerous they can be offensively in their big win over the Cowboys and could be a tough out in the playoffs if they can somehow earn home-field advantage.
This showdown with Seattle will show the Eagles where they stand, and they have won their last six games as home favorites, going 5-1 ATS. Philadelphia may not have the same home-field edge as the Seahawks, but it could well be the difference in an otherwise even matchup, pitting a great offense against a great defense.
Seattle is in a much different situation than the Eagles, needing to make up ground on Arizona to win the NFC West. The Cardinals have a difficult home game against the Chiefs this week, and the Seahawks could pull even in the standings with a win and an Arizona loss.
Seattle has gone 10-3-1 versus the line in its past 14 games as a road underdog and seems to be peaking down the stretch in hopes of making another run at the Super Bowl. That certainly looks possible based on the way the Seahawks have played lately.
Philly is a perfect 6-0 at home this season but has not played an opponent there as good as Seattle. Bet on the Seahawks to hand the Eagles their first home loss.
- Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last six games
- Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last five games