NFL Week 14 Predictions: Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, 12/7/14, 4:25 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Philadelphia -1
Current Betting Line:  Philadelphia -2
Opening Total:  49.5
Current Total:  48
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy is starting to play his best football off the season
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy is starting to play his best football off the season

Seattle has won and covered the number in back-to-back games, including a 19-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers as one-point road underdogs on Nov. 27 while going UNDER the betting total in each of those affairs.  The Seahawks defense is playing its best football of the year, which can’t be ignored when making your Week 14 NFL predictions, especially since that group leads the league in surrendering single-digit point totals in 12 games since 2012.  Seattle is 3-3 SU and 5-1 ATS as underdogs of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (3-3 Over/Under).

The Seahawks are averaging 5.34 yards per carry, which is important to consider when looking over the NFL betting lines, which would be the highest such number for the franchise if the season ended today.  Seattle’s Russell Wilson has run for nearly twice as many yards as any other quarterback around the league, while running back Marshawn Lynch sits behind just four players with 956 and nine scores.

Philadelphia is 4-1 SUATS in its last five games, which includes a 33-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys as three-point road underdogs on Thanksgiving Day, while going UNDEr the betting total for the first time in that span.  The Eagles have the ability to pressure Wilson with a defense that has tallied an NFC-best 42 sacks, including 1.5 coming from Connor Barwin.  It’s also important to point out that this squad has won its last 10 games during the regular season at Lincoln Financial Field under second-year head coach Chip Kelly.  Philadelphia is 5-4 SU and 3-5-1 ATS as home favorites of three or fewer points since the start of the 2012 campaign.

The Eagles are fourth in the NFL in averaging 31.2 points and 416.2 yards per game, but those numbers could get better if running back LeSean McCoy continues his strong play, as he’s ran for a combined 289 yards in his last two contests.  The former Pitt Panthers star has gained 6.3 yards per carry over that period of time—far better than his 3.7 mark in the first 10 contests.

Sports bettors will likely back the Seahawks due to their 10-4 SU and 11-3 ATS record versus teams with a winning record in the second half of the season.

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