The Seahawks had more problems with injuries than they had with the Eagles at home on Sunday afternoon.
Seattle took a 16-7 lead in the first half and built it to 26-7 in the second half before their main priority for the afternoon switched to getting through the game with a few healthy players left on the field. The Seahawks saw safety Earl Thomas and cornerback DeShawn Shead leave the game on defense while running backs C.J. Prosise and Troymaine Pope were both lost from the backfield in a game the Seahawks would eventually win 26-15.
The loss of the running backs left the Seahawks with backup quarterback Trevone Boykin taking a handoff late in the game and the team may need to find some new blood in the backfield if Prosise and Pope are out for an extended period of time. The good news in the backfield is that Thomas Rawls was back and ran well while picking up 57 yards on 14 carries and that the Seahawks had little issue moving the ball through the air.
That was true when Russell Wilson was throwing it — 18-of-31 for 271 yards — and when he was catching it on a gadget play in the third quarter. Wilson flipped to wide receiver Doug Baldwin on an end around and then floated out wide open to receive a pass from Baldwin that became his first career touchdown catch. The score extended Seattle’s lead and kept the second half from ever feeling too competitive.
Philadelphia flirted with changing that on a late touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham, but they couldn’t recover an onside kick and their final offensive possession ended in a flurry of Carson Wentz incompletions. Wentz was 23-of-45 for 218 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and the Eagles have their own backfield injury issues to deal with after Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles both sat out the second half.
The Seahawks defense was winning the battle even before those two left the game, however, and the Eagles spent most of the day without much working offensively. Their wide receivers were particularly quiet until the Seahawks were up by 19 points and that remains a spot the Eagles will need to improve in the future.
The Eagles will hope to have them back next Monday night, but the playoff road is looking like an uphill one now that they’re 5-5 on the season. At 7-2-1, the Seahawks are in considerably better position and they can rest a little easier with the knowledge that having Wilson back at full health makes up for a lot of other missing pieces.