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SEAHAWKS 17, EAGLES 9

Defense can’t save Philadelphia, as Seattle stays perfect on the road

Shaquill Griffin (top) and the Seahawks were all over the shorthanded Philadelphia offense on Sunday, creating turnovers on three second-half drives as Seattle won despite 12 penalties and a stifled passing game of its own.
Shaquill Griffin (top) and the Seahawks were all over the shorthanded Philadelphia offense on Sunday, creating turnovers on three second-half drives as Seattle won despite 12 penalties and a stifled passing game of its own.Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA — Rashaad Penny stayed patient on the sideline, waited for an opportunity and made the most of it.

Penny ran for a career-best 129 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, Russell Wilson threw one TD pass, and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 17-9.

A 2018 first-round pick, Penny has 158 fewer carries than Chris Carson, who is closing in on 900 yards this season.

“It’s been a big test,” Penny said about his role. “Just staying poised, waiting my turn, and trying to prove I can play, but I know I got a great running back in front of me in Chris.”

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The Seahawks (9-2) are 6-0 on the road for the first time in franchise history. The six road wins match the club’s single-season best, set in 2013.

Missing their top three wide receivers, leading rusher and two Pro Bowl offensive linemen, the Eagles (5-6) couldn’t do much on offense, and hurt themselves with three turnovers inside Seattle territory and another near midfield.

The Eagles didn’t have wideouts DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, running back Jordan Howard, and right tackle Lane Johnson from the start. Right guard Brandon Brooks left the game in the first quarter. Rookie first-round pick Andre Dillard made his first career start at right tackle after playing the left side all season, and was benched at halftime.

‘‘I thought we had a good week of preparation. Guys were focused,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “That was no indication of the performance today.’’

Philadelphia’s defense did its best to keep it close, sacking Wilson six times, but Carson Wentz struggled again and the offense was awful. Wentz was 33 of 45 for 256 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and lost two fumbles, including one on a handoff exchange.

“I gotta be better,” Wentz said. “No excuses. It starts with me.”

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Wentz walked out of the locker room with his right hand bandaged in ice, having injured it on a botched tackle attempt. X-rays during the game showed there was no serious damage to the franchise QB’s throwing hand, but he will have more tests this week.

Wilson was 13 of 25 for 200 yards, one TD and one pick. He is the first quarterback in NFL history to start his career with eight straight winning seasons.

‘‘I thought we played a great game in a sense that we were able to move the ball extremely well against a really tough defense, one of the top defenses we played this year with all their players, all their schemes and all the different things they do,” Wilson said.

Malik Turner made an excellent over-the-shoulder catch on a perfect toss by Wilson for a 33-yard TD and a 7-3 lead. Carson took the handoff on a sweep to the right, stopped and tossed it back to Wilson, who had Turner open down the middle.

Penny broke loose up the middle in the fourth for his longest career run to give the Seahawks a 17-3 lead.

Wentz tossed a 2-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz in the final minute.