Nothing is set in stone for the Seahawks-Eagles NFC Wild Card matchup this Sunday. Philly literally limped its way to a playoff berth, taking a must-win final home game 34-17 against New York to clinch a spot in the postseason.
That doesn't mean Seattle, who entered the matchup far more comfortably at 11-5, is worry-free ahead of the game.
Despite the huge question mark at running back following the myriad of injuries to the team's backfield, the Seahawks defense received some great news ahead of Sunday's clash: defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and safety Quandre Diggs will both be on the field for the Wild Card matchup in Philadelphia.
Clowney provides a notable boost for an edge rush that will need to get to Carson Wentz. Despite logging a career-low three sacks in 2019, Clowney's impact on the defensive line can't be understated. Not only does he require a ton of attention from the offensive line, but he makes things easier for his teammates in the trenches.
Much like Clowney, Diggs is also a key cog in Seattle's defense. He arrived in Seattle from Detroit in October and immediately made an impact, allowing Carroll to transition back into his single-high safety preference that he employed with Earl Thomas manning the team's back line. Diggs has thrived at CenturyLink field, recording three interceptions in his four games before an ankle injury kept him out for the latter part of the season.
With both of these players able to suit up, the Seahawks' defense will stand a much better chance at keeping the Eagles off the board.