It’s strange to see the Eagles favored by 1 1/2 points over the Seahawks, a 5-5, injury-riddled team over an 8-2 team coming off a victory in San Francisco on Monday Night Football.

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The Seahawks have the better team and better quarterback, and they’re 5-0 on the road with a good chance of tying or beating the franchise’s all-time single-season road record of 6-2 set by the 2013 Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

The Eagles’ injury situation should help their case – Philadelphia is already missing receiver DeSean Jackson and figure to have two other hobbled receivers, Nelson Agholor (knee) and Alshon Jeffery (ankle), playing at much less than 100 percent on Sunday. Starting running back Jordan Howard is also dealing with a shoulder injury.

Lane Johnson is the bigger question mark. The Eagles’ starting right tackle is in concussion protocol, and if he doesn’t play, rookie Andre Dillard from Washington State will replace him and try to keep Seahawks’ defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from being a game-long disruptive nuisance like he was in San Francisco.

Then again, it’s fair to wonder if Clowney will be at full strength himself – he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with knee and hip injuries. If he were to miss the game or be limited, the Seahawks’ defense gets a dramatic downgrade, even against a sputtering Eagles’ offense.

I’m not convinced that the Seahawks’ defensive turnaround against the 49ers is a permanent thing, not when there were nine previous games that were subpar on that side of the ball. Yes, you can come up with tangible reasons why the defense was much improved – the insertion of new free safety starter Quandre Diggs and more aggressive play-calling by defensive coordinator Ken Norton, mixing up …read more

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