Recent history: The Seahawks won at the Linc on Dec. 2, 2007, 28-24. The Eagles lead the series, 6-5.


Eagles: 361.1 yards per game (8th)

Seahawks: 258.7 yards per game (31st)


Eagles: Donovan McNabb is fifth in the league in passing yards and sixth in completions, but is averaging just one TD pass every 30.6 attempts. That's the poorest TDs-to-attempts ratio of his career. He's thrown just two TDs in the last 15 quarters. However, he hasn't thrown many interceptions (3 in 245 attempts).

Seahawks: Seneca Wallace will make just his seventh career start in place of injured Matt Hasselbeck. He threw for 222 yards in last week's win over the 49ers, but 105 of those yards came on dump-offs to Leonard Weaver that the FB turned into TDs. Wallace needs an effective ground game help his play-action passes.


Running back

Eagles: With last week's 22-carry, 167-yard rushing effort, Brian Westbrook's rushing average jumped from 3.5 yards per carry to 4.8. Despite 28 touches, his still-healing fractured ribs came out of the game no worse for wear. Westbrook has eight of the Eagles' 21 touchdowns despite playing just 17 of 28 quarters.

Seahawks: The Seahawks had hoped Julius Jones would be a carry-the-load guy, but he's better suited for the complementary role he had in Dallas. In the last four games, he's averaged just 3.7 yards per carry and has been sharing the ball-carrying responsibilities with Maurice Morris.



Eagles: Wideouts have caught 90 passes, but just three have been for touchdowns. That's the fewest by an Eagles' WR group after seven games since 2003, when they had none. Kevin Curtis played 59 of 68 snaps last week in his first game back from sports-hernia surgery. Rookie DeSean Jackson was on the field for 50.

Seahawks: All four of their top four projected wideouts have been hurt. Two – Nate Burleson and Ben Obomanu – are out for the season. A third, Deion Branch, has played in just one game and is out Sunday. The fourth – Bobby Engram – who returned in Week 5, is averaging just 9.1 yards per catch.


Offensive line

Eagles: This unit has allowed only 12 sacks, though Donovan McNabb has helped with his mobility. Eagles have come up small in short-yardage and goal-line situations. They're 29th in the league in 3rd-and-1 conversions. Much of the blame for that falls on center Jamaal Jackson, who makes the blocking calls.

Seahawks: Seahawks' offensive line is a veteran group that has a combined 399 NFL starts. Tackle Walter Jones and guard Mike Wahle are as good a left-side tandem as there is in the league. Despite all of the injuries at wide receiver and quarterback, this unit has given up just 13 sacks.



Eagles: 287.1 yards per game (7th)

Seahawks: 367 yards per game (31st)

Defensive line

Eagles: Jim Johnson's faith in Darren Howard is paying off. Howard, who rotates at both end spots in the Eagles' base package and plays inside in nickel, has 4 sacks and five hurries. With Victor Abiamiri healthy again, Johnson is able to rest his starting DTs – Mike Patterson and Brodrick Bunkley – in passing situations.

Seahawks: LE Patrick Kerney is one of the league's better pass-rushers. He had an NFC-high 14 1/2 sacks last season, and has five this year. But he injured his shoulder last week, the same one on which he had offseason surgery, and it remains to be seen how effective he will be.



Eagles: Eagles have held five of their first seven opponents to 3.2 yards per carry or less, and this talented, young unit has been a big reason. With their WR corps devastated by injuries, three of Seahawks' top four receivers are either tight ends or running backs. LBs must close fast and limit yards after the catch.

Seahawks: This unit is the strength of the defense. MLB Lofa Tatupu is a three-time Pro Bowler who had three interceptions and 11 tackles in a 28-24 win over the Eagles last year. OLB Julian Peterson is a dangerous blitzer who has four sacks and seven hurries and has forced three fumbles.



Eagles: Eagles have had just one QB complete better than 57 percent of his passes against them (Tony Romo). Since Romo's 312-yard, three-TD performance in Week 2, they've held opponents to 6.23 yards per attempt and have allowed just six TD passes in the last five games.

Seahawks: Seahawks are ranked 30th against the pass. Opposing quarterbacks have a collective 103.4 passer rating against them. They've given up 11 touchdown passes already, have just two interceptions and have allowed 7.97 yards per attempt. CB Josh Wilson is young and still developing.


Special teams

Eagles: Seahawks' coverage units both are in the bottom third of the league, which could provide some running room for PR DeSean Jackson and KR Quintin Demps. Jackson's increased role in the offense may be taking its toll on his return production. He's got just five double-digit returns in the last six games.

Seahawks: Seahawks are averaging 5.7 punts per game, which is the third most in the league. P Jon Ryan has had 16 of his 29 punts returned. PK Orlando Mare has made 13 of 14 FG attempts and is 5-for-5 from 40-plus yards. Seahawks are 25th in punt coverage (11.7) and 20th in kickoff coverage (23.3).


Hot and Not


Eagles: RB Brian Westbrook: Rushed for a career-high 167 yards last week. Has eight touchdowns in 17 quarters.

Seahawks: FB Leonard Weaver: Had 62- and 43-yard touchdown catches vs. 49ers last week.


Eagles: KR Quintin Demps. Just one of his last 10 returns have been longer than 21 yards.

Seahawks: WR Bobby Engram. Has just four receptions for 48 yards and no touchdowns in last three games.

Key matchups

1. Eagles RT Jon Runyan vs. Seahawks LDE Patrick Kerney: Kerney has five sacks, but injured his shoulder last week. ADVANTAGE: EAGLES

2. Eagles RDE Trent Cole vs. Seahawks LT Walter Jones: Jones is an eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All Pro. ADVANTAGE: SEAHAWKS

3. Eagles WRs Kevin Curtis and DeSean Jackson vs. Seahawks CBs Marcus Trufant and Josh Wilson: Seahawks have allowed 7.97 yards per attempt thus far. ADVANTAGE: EAGLES

Domowitch's prediction

Eagles 20, Seahawks 10