Monday Night Football Preview

Seahawks at Eagles

Each week, TheLines will provide a betting breakdown and analysis for the upcoming Monday Night Football game. We’ll look at the odds and see why they’re moving a certain way, along with breaking down the matchup and providing the week’s best prop bets.

The Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles will face off at Lincoln Financial Field for a Week 12 NFC showdown on Monday night, Nov. 30. The game will mark the 19th meeting between the teams in a series the Seahawks lead, 11-7. The most recent game between the teams was an NFC Wild Card Game last Jan. 5, a contest in which the Seahawks prevailed by a 17-9 score. In that game, Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw for 325 yards and a touchdown while adding another 45 yards on the ground. His primary target was then-rookie D.K. Metcalf, who recorded seven receptions for 160 yards and accounted for Wilson’s scoring toss.

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MNF odds and betting breakdown

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles – 8:15 p.m. ET


The spread for this game has been a study in consistency. It did open at 4.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook pre-Week 11, but since that point, it’s toggled between 6.0 and 5.0 points in favor of the Seahawks at both DraftKings Sportsbook and FD Sportsbook. The Eagles suffered another loss in Week 11, dropping a 22-17 decision to the Browns, which did nothing to further the betting public’s confidence in them. It is currently Seahawks ().

Meanwhile, Seattle made a positive impression by bouncing back to topple the Cardinals in the Thursday night game, 28-21. The timing of that contest also means the Seahawks will enjoy a rest advantage in this game, which is particularly valuable and relevant at this point in the season.

The projected total has been the subject of appreciably more movement. It sat at 52.0 points at DK Sportsbook early last week and has subsequently bounced repeatedly between 50.5 and 52.5 points since. It is now at (). Neither team has any significant short-term injuries. The status of Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is still up in the air as of early Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, RB Chris Carson is set to suit up for the Seahawks.

Seattle’s secondary has been the league’s worst this season, and even with Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz playing some of the poorest football of his career, he could certainly still put together one of his better performances against the ‘Hawks’ suspect back end.

  • The Seahawks are 6-4 (60%) against the spread this season, including 2-3 (40%) as a road team and 4-3 (57.1%) in conference matchups. The Over is 6-4 (60%) in Seattle’s games this season, including 3-2 (60%) in its road games and 4-3 (57.1%) in its conference matchups.
  • The Eagles are 3-7 (30%) against the spread this season, including 2-3 (40%) as a home team and 2-4 (33.3%) in conference matchups. Then, the Over is 4-6 (40%) in Philadelphia’s games this season, including 2-3 (40%) in its home games and 2-4 (33.3%) in its conference matchups.

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MNF player props tips, odds and trends

Russell Wilson
Chris Carson
D.K. Metcalf
Tyler Lockett
Carson Wentz
Miles Sanders

Seahawks vs. Eagles matchup

These two teams have had significantly disparate seasons. However, thanks to the ineptitude of the NFC East, the 3-6-1 Eagles essentially have as good a shot at the playoffs as the 7-3 Seahawks. That’s about where the similarities end.

For starters, Seattle has fielded a much better offense than Philadelphia. The most striking difference has been the play of each team’s quarterback. While Wentz is completing a career-low 58.4% of his passes and has already tied a career high with 14 interceptions, Wilson has played like a legitimate MVP candidate for sizable chunks of the campaign.

The outlook is somewhat reversed on defense. The Eagles have allowed almost 100 total yards less per game than the Seahawks, including a striking 134.4 fewer passing yards per contest. However, Seattle counters with a much stingier run defense than Philly, which partly explains why teams have heavily attacked the ‘Hawks through the air.

That porous Philly front seven against the run theoretically gives the Seahawks a strong chance of running a very balanced attack Monday night, particularly with Carson back in the lineup. Philadelphia is allowing a bloated 133.4 rushing yards per contest. They’ve actually been at their worst in this regard at home – the Eagles are surrendering the second-most rushing yards per contest (142.8) in that statistical split.

The ability to consistently gain meaningful chunks of real estate on the ground could loom especially large in this matchup. Lost in the Eagles’ woeful offensive performances this year is how effective their secondary has been. Philadelphia is allowing the sixth-fewest passing yards per game (209.3), including just 196.8 per home contest. It’s done a particularly impressive job forcing teams into short throws by allowing 5.9 yards per attempt, which has certainly played a part in the Eagles giving up the fourth-fewest yards per drive (28.67).

As alluded to earlier, the outlook is essentially flipped on its head for the Eagles offense. Philadelphia is likely to have a difficult time getting Miles Sanders going against a Seattle front yielding a miserly 91.2 rushing yards per game, the fourth fewest in the NFL. Seattle also ranks in the top 10 in RB yards per carry (3.66) and adjusted line yards per carry (3.93) allowed. And, its work at preventing the big runs that Sanders is highly capable of has been superb as well – the ‘Hawks give up the seventh-fewest open-field yards (0.43) and ninth-fewest second-level yards (1.05) per carry.

Therefore, this game could set up as a “get-right spot” for the struggling Wentz. The 355.0 passing yards per road game that Seattle yields is the highest mark in the league by far, while the 71.2% completion rate they allow when traveling is the highest in the NFC.

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How to watch Monday Night Football

ESPN holds the rights to Monday Night Football and will cover 17 games from Week 1 through Week 16.

Games can be streamed on the go on ESPN’s website or WatchESPN app with a cable or satellite subscription. Streaming services such as Sling TV also carry ESPN in many of their subscription packages.

MNF betting tips

How to bet MNF like a sharp

Monday Night Football can be the most highly-anticipated game of any given week in the NFL throughout the season. The extra day of preparation, media coverage and overall hype brings more attention to every aspect of the game.

The extra day of rest can allow players to return from injury, but they may also be forcing themselves back to the field before they’re truly healthy due to the added attention on the game. Look at injury reports and have an idea of what kind of a role a star player will be able to handle.

The Monday Night spot can also create discrepancies in how much rest the two teams have had. Taking the most rested team (the one with the longest amount of time since its last game) can often be a good place to find some value at the sportsbooks, especially on the spread.

Never bet a game solely because it’s the final matchup of the week and is the best thing to watch on a Monday Night. Be ready to sit it out completely and wait for next week if there’s no value popping out at books.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does Monday Night Football start?

As always, Monday Night Football debuted with a Week 1 doubleheader. The Steelers beat the Giants in the first game of the night on Sept. 14 and the Titans edged the Broncos.

Every other MNF game from Week 2 through Week 16 of the 2020 season will begin at 8:15 p.m. Eastern.

How to stream Monday Night Football?

The ESPN website and WatchESPN app are the easiest options for those with cable or satellite subscriptions. Many streaming services such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and Hulu include ESPN in most of their plans.

What is the highest-scoring Monday Night Football game ever?

The Rams’ 54-51 victory over the Chiefs in Week 11 of the 2018 season was the highest-scoring MNF game of all time. The 105 combined points topped the 95 points scored by the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins in 1983.

Who are the MNF announcers?

ESPN moved on from Joe Tessitore after two years and will now implement longtime SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy as the play-by-play man for MNF. Levy will be joined by former NFL quarterback Brian Griese and former NFL safety Louis Riddick.

John Parry remains as the rules analyst, and Lisa Salters returns as the sideline reporter.

Who was the original Monday Night Football broadcast crew?

The original MNF broadcast crew on ABC in 1970 was made up of Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith. Many cycled through the crew before Al Michaels took over as play-by-play commentator from 1986 through 2005. His color analysts included Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf, Boomer Esiason, Dan Fouts, Dennis Miller and John Madden. Mike Tirico assumed play-by-play duties with Tony Kornheiser, Joe Theismann, Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya filling out the crew when ESPN took over the rights in 2006. Jon Gruden replaced Kornheiser in 2009 until he returned to the sidelines as head coach of the Oakland Raiders last season.