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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Seattle Seahawks 17, Philadelphia Eagles 9

Russell Wilson furthered his MVP case as the Seahawks beat the Eagles, 17-9, in Week 12 of NFL action.

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Final Score

Seattle Seahawks 17, Philadelphia Eagles 9

Seattle Seahawks

If anything separated this contest, it was the play of the two quarterbacks.  Russell Wilson did slip some after a hot start, but he was so much more effective than his counterpart that anything other than a Seahawks' win rarely looked on. He wasn't helped by some drops on downfield throws, but Wilson put forward enough here to further his MVP case.

It was a rough day for running back Chris Carson. He watched Rashaad Penny hit a highlight-reel run and then proceeded to put the ball on the ground on back-to-back plays. Ultimately it didn't matter, but Carson's fumbling problem this year showed no signs of slowing down.

After seeing only special teams snaps during the first half of the season, the threadbare nature of the Seahawks' pass-rush has led to Shaquem Griffin getting some playing time, and the linebacker has duly responded. His speed was decisive, as he generated one quarterback hit and a number of wins rushing the passer.

The Eagles went after sophomore cornerback Tre Flowers, but where previously he has struggled, he rose to the occasion this week. Targeted 13 times, he was able to force two incompletions while walking away with a crucial, late interception that effectively closed the game out.

Philadelphia Eagles

Is something wrong with Carson Wentz? His performances have got worse as the season has gone on, and today marked another display where he couldn't get the offense going. His accuracy was off at all levels of the field, while his carelessness with the ball resulted in crucial turnovers.

If anyone thinks switching between left and right tackle is easy, watch how Andre Dillard fared as he filled in for Lane Johnson. He struggled throughout, getting beat for two sacks, and he was given a torrid time by Rasheem Green.

Since returning to the team, Jalen Mills has largely helped the team on the back end of the defense, but today was a very different case. In addition to missing a tackle, he gave up multiple first downs and was bailed out by the less-than-surehanded nature of the Seahawks' receivers.

In what proved to be a bit of a mismatch, stud defensive tackle Fletcher Cox had some fun with center Joey Hunt. He might not have taken the quarterback down, but he recorded multiple wins as a pass-rusher, continuing his elite season.

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