The fifth seeded Seahawks began preparing for Sunday’s playoff game against the fourth seeded Philadelphia Eagles winners of the NFC East Division. Sunday’s game will be the second time the two teams will face each other this season. The Seahawks caused three turnovers and beat the Eagles 17-9 on November 24th in Philadelphia.
Both teams have overcome significant injuries since the Week 13 contest between the teams. The Eagles have reeled off four straight wins to win the NFC East while the Seahawks fell inches short of winning the NFC West after rebooting the backfield with the addition Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin.
If the Seahawks are to make it two in row against the Eagles they will need to find a way to establish a running game against the 3rd ranked rush defense in the NFL. In the Week 13th victory the Seahawks rushed for 218 yards with Chris Carson leading the way with 102 yards.
Last time the two faced off the wind played havoc on the passing game making it difficult to complete passes on a consistent basis. Sundays contest could have similar conditions.
“I thought that the wind in that stadium had an effect on both teams, both teams’ passing game. It’s going to be almost exactly the same it sounds. It’s going to be about 50 miles per hour winds and low 40s or high 30s or whatever. Very similar to that same setting we played in and we’ll be better because of it.
We saw the ball that they threw a couple times. Got moved and it happened to Russ [Wilson] and the receivers a couple times. We need to be better at handling that. It’s an unusual condition in that stadium because the wind isn’t that strong, but yet it has a big effect because of the way it swirls in and out. We got to do a nice job with that. It’s good to know that. It’s really good to know that going into this playoff game and we’re going to try to do better by it.”Pete Carroll on weather conditions playing a role in Week 13th contest and Sunday’s game
The Seahawks got some good news on the injury front with DE Jadeveon Clowney, S Quandre Diggs and RB Marshawn Lynch all cleared to practice this week. While Clowney did not participate during the Wednesday practice session he is expected to play on Sunday.
PENNY AND CARSON UPDATE
Pete Carroll had good news regarding Chris Carson’s injury situation
(On if he knows anything more about Rashaad Penny’s situation)
“He’s got a totally different situation because he’s got to do all the rehabbing and stuff. All the expectations are that he’ll make it back. It was a legit surgery that’s going to call for the full length of time and it’s a little bit less predictable with his recovery than it would be for Chris.”
(On if Penny’s injury was more than an ACL injury)
“There was some stuff, yeah. There were some other things that they had to clean up and all that. It was more than just a simple ACL surgery, if it ever is simple.”
(On how Duane Brown is doing)
“He’s working at it. He’s trying to get back. He’s going for it. We’ll see what he can do. I don’t know anything right now. There’s nothing he’s done on the field yet.”