9:00 PM ET, December 5, 2005
9:00 PM ET, December 5, 2005
Seattle (9-2) at Philadelphia (5-6) Monday 9:00 pm EST
Seattle could seal the division if St. Louis (5-6) loses to Washington on Sunday.
If St. Louis wins, the Seahawks could capture the division by extending their winning streak to eight games with a victory over the Eagles. Seattle owns a four-game lead in perhaps the NFL's weakest division.
Boasting the NFC's best record, the Seahawks have not won eight straight games since 1984, when they started 12-2. That was the last season they won a playoff game.
The Seahawks' winning streak nearly ended last week before they came away with a 24-21 victory in overtime against the New York Giants.
Shaun Alexander again carried the load in the win over the Giants, rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries. He leads the league with 1,339 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns, seven shy of tying Priest Holmes' NFL record set in 2003.
Alexander, who has four straight 100-yard games and eight this season, faces an Eagles defense that is ranked 16th against the run.
Joe Jurevicius had a big game against the Giants, catching eight passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns against his former team.
After advancing to the Super Bowl last season for the first time since the 1980 campaign, the Eagles have only slim playoff hopes. They are tied with Washington for last place in the NFC East, two games behind Dallas and the New York Giants.
The Eagles entered this season with an 8-2 record on Monday night under coach Andy Reid. But they already have Monday night losses this season to Atlanta and Dallas.
Reid was a former assistant under Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren in Green Bay from 1992-98.
Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak, its longest skid since 1999, with a 19-14 victory over Green Bay last week. Brian Westbrook rushed for a season-high 117 yards and a touchdown and David Akers kicked four field goals.
Making his second straight start in place of Donovan McNabb, who is out for the season, Mike McMahon completed just 12-of-28 passes for 91 yards. He rushed for 29 yards on four attempts and didn't commit a turnover.
Matchup to watch: Jurevicius against left cornerback Roderick Hood, who replaced injured Lito Sheppard and had an interception last week.
Series: The Eagles lead, 6-3.
Next week: Seattle hosts San Francisco, December 11 Philadelphia hosts NY Giants, December 11
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|Avg Points Allowed||17.3||24.0|
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||SEA|
|Rush Yds Allowed||SEA|
|Philadelphia leads 2-1|
|Dec 8, 2002||SEA 20, PHI 27|
|Sep 23, 2001||SEA 3, PHI 27|