Defense carries Seahawks past Eagles
The Seattle Seahawks keep getting it done on the road.
Five takeaways fueled Sunday's 17-9 win at Philadelphia as Seattle improved to 9-2. The Hawks are 6-0 on the road. If Green Bay wins at San Francisco Sunday night, the Seahawks will be tied for first place in the NFC West.
Rashaad Penny ran for 129 yards including a key 58-yard touchdown to put Seattle in front 17-3 in the fourth quarter.
Russell Wilson threw for 200 yards including a 33-yard touchdown to Malik Turner for a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.
The Seattle defense kept Philadelphia out of the end zone until 20 seconds remained in the game — with a lot of help from four turnovers by Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
Wentz threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles. Bradley McDougald and Tre Flowers intercepted the Philadelphia quarterback, who struggled without several of his top receivers because of injuries.
Seattle led 10-3 at halftime, a 24-yard Jason Myers field goal capping a 77-yard second-quarter drive. A 26-yard Penny carry set up the field goal.
Wilson completed 13 of 25 for 200 yards with the touchdown and an interception. He was sacked six times as the Eagles defense did its part to keep Philadelphia in the game.
Seattle ran for 174 yards on 26 carries. Take away Penny's 58-yard score and 26-yard run and a 16-yard Wilson scramble and the Seahawks averaged l3.2 yards per carry.
Philadelphia ran 71 plays to Seattle's 57 and had a 23-14 edge in first downs. But the Eagles' five turnovers doomed the home team, which fell to 5-6.
Wentz finished 33 of 45 for 256 yards and a late touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz, who finished with 12 catches for 91 yards and a score.
The Eagles had three promising drives foiled by turnovers inside the Seahawks' 40. In the second quarter McDouglald picked off Wentz when the Eagles had first down at the 33. In the third quarter a fumbled handoff at the Seattle 38 was returned by Seattle's Quinton Jefferson to the Eagles 32. With the outcome still in doubt, Philadelphia tight end Dallas Goedert was stripped after a catch and run to the to the Seattle 32.
Philadelphia was without starting receivers Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery, running back Jordan Howard and two starting offensive linemen.
For Seattle, Tyler Lockett had one catch for 38 yards coming off an injury in Seattle's win at San Francisco two weeks ago. Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (hip) did not play but could be back for next Monday's home game against Minnesota.
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