By the end of the game yesterday, the Seahawks stood the victors, 26-15, over Philadelphia, but they lost several key players to injury in the process.
The Seahawks beat the Eagles 26-15 and dominated the second half, as always. Aside from a nifty reverse that wide receiver Doug Baldwin turned into a 15-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks were rather businesslike in their handling of the Different Species of Birds. Aside from a garbage time touchdown and two-point conversion, the defense only allowed one touchdown drive and routinely stepped in front of rookie Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz‘s throws.
Running back C.J. Prosise broke the longest offensive play of the year, taking a hand-off 72 yards to the house. However, he ended the game with only four carries due to a broken shoulder blade. Pete Carroll said he’d be out “a while.” Adding to the mayhem at running back is a high ankle sprain to fan favorite and recent practice squad call-up Troymaine Pope. Alex Collins was declared inactive. That’s why we saw backup QB Trevone Boykin line up at running back to spell Thomas Rawls late in Sunday’s game.
Rawls is of course coming off his own injury. His action on Sunday was the first he’s seen in weeks. With Pope and Prosise missing extended time and Christine Michael now playing for Green Bay (we’ll see them at Lambeau on December 11th), Rawls finds himself the lead horse yet again in the Seahawks’ backfield.
The secondary is now looking thin due to hamstring injuries to free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback DeShawn Shead. Carroll doesn’t know how long they will be out. Losing Thomas for any period of time would be a bad blow for the Legion of Boom. Thomas is the best safety in the league, capable of covering the entire middle of the field at times for the Seahawks and allowing the other members of the secondary to play up and aggressive on their matchups. Thomas is the reason why the Seahawks’ base Cover-3 defense works so well. His injury could be the worst news of them all, depending on the severity of his hamstring strain.
On the bright side, Seattle’s home win and the rest of the division losing tightens their grip on the NFC West and firmly ensconces them as the number-two seed in the Conference. Up next is a road date with the resurgent Tampa Bay Buccaneers.