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December 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Seahawks First Look: Philadelphia

Seahawks opponent: Philadelphia Eagles.

Game time: Sunday, 1:25 p.m.

TV: FOX

Coach: Chip Kelly — 19-9 in two seasons at Philadelphia and overall.

2014 record: 9-3.

Last game: Beat Dallas 33-10.

The series: 14th meeting. Eagles lead the series 7-6 but Seattle has won three of the last four, including the last two in Philadelphia, the most recent a 28-24 Seahawks win in 2007. Seattle won the most recent game, 31-14, in 2011 at CenturyLink Field.

The early line: Eagles by 1.

KEY PLAYERS

QB Mark Sanchez: The former USC quarterback played for Pete Carroll with the Trojans before leaving after his sophomore season in 2008 — a decision that Carroll famously disagreed with. After his career fell apart with the Jets, he has revived it in Philly, replacing the injured Nick Foles and has led the Eagles to a 3-1 record in four starts. However, he has at times been careless with the ball, throwing six interceptions in 175 attempts.

RB LeSean McCoy: The sixth-year running back remains one of the most productive in the NFL, rebounding from some early-season struggles to rank third in the league with 1,018 yards and is coming off his best game of the season with 159 yards on 25 carries in a Thanksgiving Day win at Dallas. Nicknamed Shady as a youth by his mother due to his changing moods.

OLB Connor Barwin: The sixth-year player out of Cincinnati already has a career-high 12.5 sacks to rank tied for second in the NFL, and has four games with two or more sacks. He has been particularly productive since fellow outside linebacker DeMeco Ryans was lost for the season with an Achilles injury in early November, with 5.5 sacks in four games since then.

ILB Mychal Kendricks: The former Cal star leads the Eagles with 54 tackles despite missing four games earlier in the season with a calf injury. Rated by Pro Football Focus as the eighth-best ILB this season and the best in the NFL at rushing the passer.

Philadelphia’s keys to success: The Eagles have only continued to paint themselves as a legitimate Super Bowl contender in their second season under former Oregon coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles have one of the most balanced offenses in the NFL, ranking fifth in passing at 286 yards per game — despite having had to make a shift from Nick Foles to Sanchez due to injury — and sixth in rushing at 130.2. As did Kelly’s teams at Oregon, the Eagles push the tempo, having run more plays (875) than any team in the NFL. The Eagles also have one of the most aggressive defenses in the NFL, ranking second in the league in sacks at 42, and tied for fifth in forcing turnovers at 22. However, the Eagles have been surprisingly lax with the ball, leading the NFL in turnovers lost at 28, including 16 interceptions, tied for most in the NFL. As might be no surprise, 11 of those turnovers have come in the team’s three losses — at least three in each game. The Eagles have won all six games in which they have had two or fewer turnovers. The Eagles also shine on special teams, ranked first in the NFL in overall special teams play by FootballOutsiders.com heading into last week’s games.

BY THE NUMBERS

4 — Kicks returned for touchdowns — two kickoffs and two punts.

20 — Forced fumbles, tied with Indianapolis for the most in the NFL.

10 — Consecutive home games won by the Eagles, after losing the first four of the Chip Kelly era.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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