Seahawks take on one of NFL's best

The (4-8) Seattle Seahawks will get a chance to prove to their fans that their recent offensive success is no flash in the pan, when they face what many consider to be the best defensive team in the league, the Philadelphia Eagles (9-3).

 

Although they will be starting their third string quarterback in A.J.Feely the Philadelphia Eagles are on a three game win streak. Their last three wins are against team in the NFC West. A win in Seattle and the Eagles will have beaten every team in the division. Philadelphia's three losses have come against AFC teams. The Eagles are 8-0 against NFC teams.

Since starter Donovan McNabb and his back up Koy Detmer went down the Eagles have relied on their defense.

The Philly defense has limited the opposition to 17 or fewer points in three straight games and nine of 12 contests in '02.

The Eagles held the high-powered Saint Louis Rams offense to just three points. Cornerback Bobby Taylor intercepted a Kurt Warner pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown in the 10 –3 win over the Rams.

The week before the Rams games the Eagles held the high-powered San Francisco offense to just 17 points.

Seahawk Head Coach Mike Holmgren knows the Eagles are a good defensive team that can confuse a quarterback, "They're a very good defensive team, and their pressure they apply on defense, and the looks they give you there they create uncertainty and a little hesitation. They can create some uncertainty and some hesitation on the part of the quarterback, and everybody because they give you different looks."

The resurgent Seahawk offense will have to continue to improve. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck says he feels no extra pressure preparing for a dominating defense like Philadelphia's," "I don't necessarily have anything to prove, They're a great team, and for us we don't have a playoff shot right now, but we get to play against the best defense in the NFL. It's an opportunity for us to play against the best, and we'll see how we do."

The two teams have played each other eigth times with the Eagles holding a 5-3 advantage. The Eagels beat the Seahawks 27 -3 last year in Seattle.

 


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