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Defense and DK: Seahawks shut down Eagles, Metcalf has huge game as Seattle takes control of NFC West

By Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times on

Published in Football

Maybe this new incarnation of the 2020 Seahawks — which looks eerily similar to those of many of coach Pete Carroll's first 10 years in Seattle — isn't quite as exciting as the earlier "let's give up a ton of points but score just a few more" version.

But it's proving to be just as effective.

For the second consecutive week it was a suddenly revived defense that Seattle largely rode to victory, a 23-17 win against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Well, that and the even larger shoulders of receiver DK Metcalf, who had a career-high 177 yards receiving on 10 receptions, besting the 161 he had against the 49ers this month (and just a bit more than the 160 he had in a playoff game against the Eagles in January).

The win was the second in a row for the Seahawks after they had lost three of four and moved them into sole possession of first place in the NFC West at 8-3 and on the heels of the 9-2 Saints for the top seed in the NFC in what is the first of a favorable stretch of four games against teams that as of Monday had a combined 11 wins.

It was also the second consecutive week in which the defense allowed a season low in points and yards (250).

 

A pass defense that came in allowing 343.7 yards per game, last in the NFL, gave up just 148 until the Eagles got 32 on a Hail Mary touchdown with 12 seconds left that made the game look closer than it really was.

And sure, it came against an Eagles offense that has struggled all season as opposed to highflying Arizona 11 before.

But this is the way a decent defense is supposed to treat a bad offense, something the Seahawks probably couldn't have done earlier in the year.

Seattle held the Eagles without a first down on their first five drives, allowing the offense to build a 14-0 lead.

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