Sunday the Seattle Seahawks will travel to Lincoln Financial Field for the second time in the past seven weeks, where they’ll take on a Philadelphia Eagles squad they easily handled back in Week 12. However, since that Week 12 game between the two teams the fortunes of each have gone in opposite directions.
The Seahawks came out of that game at 10-2 and in great position to threaten for the top overall seed in the NFC, while the Eagles emerged from the contest at 5-6 and staring at the very real possibility of not making the playoffs. Then the schedule lightened up for Seattle, however, and all of a sudden wins over the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Redskins all of a sudden set up a postseason rematch with Seattle.
In the midst of everything, though, one thing stayed the same, and that is that neither team has been able to stay healthy. For the Seahawks that has meant seeing multiple starters land on injured reserve recently, including both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, to go along with other injured starters Jadeveon Clowney and Duane Brown. It’s been a rough ride on the injury train in recent weeks, and the Hawks could find themselves a little short handed against the Eagles.
At this point it appears that the offensive line is being held together by duct tape and bailing wire, with the entire left side of the line having missed practice on Wednesday. Duane Brown is still recovering from the knee surgery he had last week, while Mike Iupati and Joey Hunt have been held out of practice in recent weeks with different injuries.
Russell Wilson has had enough trouble staying upright in the pocket and healthy, and hopefully the health of the offensive line improving can help the pass protection for however many more games prove to be left in the season.