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Week 13 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 10, Seattle Seahawks 24

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Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles nine game winning streak was snapped in this game as while the overall yardage numbers were good, the Eagles had critical turnovers and drives that stalled just outside of field goal range that held them to just ten points. The running game was largely non-existent as it was a combination of game script and the Seahawks defense shutting the running game down. Carson Wentz and the passing game statistically were very solid as they threw for 350 yards, but the passing offense struggled in the first half and key turnovers and stalled drives caused the yardage numbers to be there, but the points were unfortunately not there for the Eagles as their nine game winning streak came to an end.

Seattle Seahawks

Against the 10-1 Eagles, the Seahawks needed their A-Game, and that’s exactly what they got. Russell Wilson was in playoff form, weaving in and out of the pocket through constant pressure, en route to a 3 touchdown day. The Seahawks also may have finally found a lead back in Mike Davis, who showed promise earlier in the season but was then knocked out with an injury. Upon his return, he was less than consistent, but overall he gave the offense a dimension they have sorely been lacking. As for the receiving corps, from a fantasy perspective, Jimmy Graham is now the only one you can take to the bank. The blessing and curse of this team is that they have five (six, if you now count Mike Davis) legitimate receiving threats (Baldwin, Lockett, Richardson, Graham, McKissic) and as much as Wilson likes to spread the wealth, there’s simply not enough to go around for a fantasy team to count on any one of them each week.

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Carson Wentz, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 45 - 348 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 6 - 30 - 0
Looking at the box score won't tell the full story on Wentz as he struggled in the first half, but was terrific in the second half. In the second-half the Eagles used more movement and have Wentz rolling out away from pressure in order to make the throws and buy his receivers a little bit more time. Wentz made an all-time great throw to start the fourth-quarter of this game as he was being brought down from behind on the run and as he was falling was able to throw the ball 40 yards to Nelson Agholor who was wide open. As good as this throw was, turnovers including a fumble on the one-yard line that went out of the back of the endzone turned out to be the deciding factor in this game for the Eagles.

RB Jay Ajayi, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 35 - 0, Rec: 3 - 11 - 0 (4 targets)
Jay Ajayi led the team in snaps this week as he was on the field for 42% of the plays. While it is not surprising that Ajayi out-snapped Blount, it is telling that even though the team was down most of the game they did keep Ajayi in this game instead of going with a full complement of Corey Clement. Ajayi was used out of the passing games largely as a safety valve in this game as he was able to bring in three catches which was the most he has had thus far as an Eagles running back.

RB LeGarrette Blount, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 26 - 0
Blount was only on the field for 19% of the snaps in this game as when the team falls behind, he is not going to see much playing time. When he was on the field, he had a tough time getting anything going as he averaged just 3.2 yards per carry and his longest run was just 11 yards. These types of weeks are tough for Blount as his strength is not in pass-blocking or receiving. Expect him to see his normal workload in games the team is winning.

WR Nelson Agholor, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 141 - 1 (12 targets)
Nelson Agholor continues to have these games where he can take his speed and exploit defenses and he did not disappoint in this game. Agholor has developed into more than just a speed receiver, as he is able to find soft spots in deep zone coverage as evidenced by his 51 yard reception in which he saw that Wentz was rolling out to his right and in trouble and consequently found a soft spot in the zone 40-yards down-field with the nearest defender being 10 yards behind him. Agholor's was able to find the end-zone on a play in which he ran a double move against Byron Maxwell who was not able to keep up with Agholor.

WR Alshon Jeffery, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 61 - 0 (6 targets)
Alshon Jeffery continues to be a reliable player in this offense. While he only caught four passes in this game, he was on the field for 95% of the plays in this game. Jeffery drew the tough matchup this week as he was covered by Byron Maxwell, often with safety help over the top. Jeffery came close to scoring this week as he was tackled on the four yard line on a deep slant pattern.

TE Trey Burton, 21 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 42 - 0 (7 targets)
Trey Burton came in for Ertz when he went down with injury and filled in nicely in this game as he continues to show his ability as a pass catching tight end. Burton continues to show his speed and when he is given a chance is a dynamic pass receiving tight end. If Ertz is out he could be in a nice spot next week against the Rams.

TE Zach Ertz, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 24 - 0 (4 targets)
Ertz was largely disappointing in this game as the Seahawks just chose to take him out often double teaming and their pass rush caused Ertz to stay in and block for portions of this game. Ertz left this game with a concussion on a tough hit where his head hit the ground.

Seattle Seahawks

QB Russell Wilson, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 31 - 227 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 31 - 0
It was the Russell Wilson show … again. He outshone fellow MVP candidate Carson Wentz, in a potential playoff matchup preview. As usual, he withstood constant pressure throughout the game, leaving the pocket frequently, and just often enough, getting out of that jam enough to complete a pass or gain a few positive yards on the ground. He also added a new dimension to his game: a rapport with lead back Mike Davis. Aside from several option plays, he also relied on Davis on a few key short passing plays, and memorably tossed a lateral his way – which was clearly something they had been working on in practice – in order to get first down yardage. He continued to expertly utilize his receiving corps efficiently, relying on short passes to move the chains, while still taking downfield risks when the opportunity was there. In the red zone, Jimmy Graham was still the first look, but because Wilson doesn’t rely on him exclusively, the defense had trouble defending against short TD throws to Lockett and McKissic. The Seahawks have some tough opponents coming up, but it’s noteworthy that Wilson defied the matchup Gods here, besting the league’s top pass rush. Next week he gets the Jaguars, who boast the top rated overall pass defense.

RB Mike Davis, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 64 - 0, Rec: 4 - 37 - 0 (4 targets)
Davis just ran away with the lead back duties in Seattle. He was inconsistent but showed enough game that he got 16 carries, while the other three backs on the roster had one each. He had a lot of trouble gaining yards up the middle against a stout D, including a goal line leap that got stuffed, but he proved himself versatile enough to be effective running outside and as a pass catcher – at least on short routes. Much of his damage came on an off tackle run for 22 yards, in which he found some room to run and made at least four defenders miss. It was downright Marshawn Lynch-ian. Davis also looked dangerous after the catch on multiple short catches, and added to the highlight reel after taking a lateral from Russell Wilson for a first down. The only caveat here is that his play did not magically improve the offensive line. While Davis is light years better of a fantasy option than Eddie Lacy or Thomas Rawls right now, his upside is still limited.

RB J.D. McKissic, 9 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0, Rec: 1 - 15 - 1 (3 targets)
McKissic showed again how dangerous he can be as a receiver, mainly on the touchdown play in which he snuck behind the defender for the wide open catch near the goal line. The only problem here is volume. He has cemented his role as 3rd down back, but at the same time, Mike Davis has also come on strong and will definitely take any early down snaps that McKissic might have gotten previously. Like many of the Seahawks players, McKissic is capable of a big play at any time, but simply cannot be counted on to get opportunities each week.

WR Doug Baldwin, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 84 - 0 (7 targets)
Baldwin was a hair short of adding a touchdown to his line, which would have been the difference between a third straight sub-par game and saying he’s back on track. It’s fair to say he’s ‘on track’ but the Seattle offense has opened up so much that Baldwin is not relied on as much as he was earlier in the season. He is still clearly a favourite possession receiver, and is as reliable as they come in that department. Outside of short catches that moved the chains, Baldwin had one notable catch, deep and near the end zone, that at first looked like a touchdown, but was later called back to the 1 yard line, when the review showed his toe dragging just out of bounds on his way in.

WR Tyler Lockett, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 17 - 1 (2 targets)
Lockett continues to show a great mix of big play ability and reliability on short routes. As with a few others on the team, the problem here is volume. His two catches were memorable – first, he showed some shifty moves on a short pass, picking up yards after the catch; and second was a goal line catch in which he found an opening underneath the coverage – but, as is typical, in the end it was still only two catches.

WR Paul Richardson, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 8 - 0 (4 targets)
Richardson had a couple of big play opportunities, but came away with only two short receptions. On the deeper throws, he was in great position each time, but the coverage was right on him so he didn’t really have a chance at the ball. From the “Helpful to the Seahawks but Definitely Not Helpful to your Fantasy Team” department: Richardson also has a knack for drawing pass interference calls.

TE Jimmy Graham, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 26 - 1 (4 targets)
Graham scored again. He is clearly the Seahawks first option near the goal line. I know it, you know it, and the Eagles knew it. And yet, Wilson found him with ease yet again for a touchdown – and threw it just out of Graham’s reach on another red zone effort. Graham had a somewhat down game with only three catches, but made up for it with the score.