Eagles vs. Seahawks: Head to Head

It could very well be the litmus test that sets the Eagles up for either big things ahead or a trip back to the drawing board.

Quarterbacks

SEA: Russell Wilson creates time with his feet, able to flee downfield or bide enough seconds for a receiver to create separation.

PHI: Mark Sanchez comes off two very confident starts, playing mostly safe with the occasional burst of speed in the run.

ADVANTAGE: Seahawks

Running Backs

SEA: Marshawn Lynch remains a burdensome beast with nearly 1000 yards and nine scores; Robert Turbin is the most frequently-used understudy.

PHI: LeSean McCoy's bounced back to clear 1000 yards after several strong performances; Darren Sproles and Chris Polk are sprinkled in often.

ADVANTAGE: Push

Wide Receivers

SEA: Prolific doesn't describe any current Seahawks wideout; Doug Baldwin is a capable target with a team-leading 48 catches for 519 yards.

PHI: Jeremy Maclin is having his best season nearing 1100 yards; Sanchez has made a star of Jordan Matthews, with five scores since November 2.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

Tight Ends

SEA: A handful of targets have tried to fill in for the injured Zach Miller, notably Cooper Helfet and Luke Willson, both of sparing use.

PHI: Brent Celek rebounds as a receiver after being counted on as an additional blocker early in the year; Zach Ertz's production has dropped off.

ADVANTAGE: Push

Offensive Line

SEA: Loss of Max Unger forces Lemuel Jeanpierre into center, where he struggled in the run against the 49ers; Russell Okung remains strong at left tackle.

PHI: Unit is run-blocking at its best with four healthy starters and Andrew Gardner filling in at right guard; pressure's been minimal too.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

Defensive Line

SEA: Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril remain highly effective as pass rushers, setting up fluttering ducks for the Legion of Boom to feast on.

PHI: Fletcher Cox's enormous pressure is the catalyst of the defense's destructive nature; Bennie Logan is still a work in progress at the nose.

ADVANTAGE: Seahawks

Linebackers

SEA: Bobby Wagner's run-stopping instincts are indispensible; Bruce Irvin is just as capable, but is often undone by needless penalties.

PHI: Connor Barwin, Mychal Kendricks, Trent Cole, and Brandon Graham seemingly swap run-stopping and pass-rushing duties to great reward.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

Secondary

SEA: The vaunted Legion of Boom, led by Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, have allowed just 348 passing yards total in the last three games.

PHI: A mixed bag; Cary Williams and Malcolm Jenkins are more than solid in coverage, but Bradley Fletcher and Nate Allen show some poor instincts.

ADVANTAGE: Seahawks

Special Teams

SEA: Steven Hauschka is an impressive 27 of 30, missing all three between 40-49 yards; Paul Richardson fills in at returner with Percy Harvin gone.

PHI: Rookie Cody Parkey is 27 of 29 to begin his career; Darren Sproles is still a return man most punters are conscious to avoid.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

Statistics from Pro Football Focus were used to write this story.

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