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Sun Nov 9, 4:25 PM - Giants at Seahawks

Giants (3-5) vs Seahawks (5-3)
Last Sunday in Seattle the Seahawks were riding a 24-3 lead over the Oakland Raiders going into the second half. They couldn't relax though with the Raiders coming up with two touchdowns in the third quarter. The Raiders limited the Seahawks to two field goals and added another touchdown in the fourth, but that wasn't enough to avoid a 30-24 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champions.
On Monday night the Giants couldn't help being overwhelmed by the Indianapolis Colts 40-24. Despite paying tribute to Michael Strahan with a halftime ceremony, they ended up with another loss and a few injuries which will force them to rely on more rookies and walk-ons as they hope to turn things around.
Giants - Colts Wrap-Up

Seattle Seahawks
Head coach Pete Carroll led the Seahawks to their first ever Super Bowl Championship. It is extremely hard to beat this team at home where they've had a 17-1 record in the last two seasons and are 7-0 in playoff games since 2004. The Seahawks made some tough decisions in the offseason, losing six starters to free agency and recently traded away wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Jets for minor draft picks. The Seahawks started off the season looking sharp with a 36-16 opening victory over Green Bay. Since then things have gotten a bit tougher, even sustaining a rare home game loss to the Dallas Cowboys. With a two game win streak and 5-3 record they are currently second in their division to the 7-1 Arizona Cardinals.

Seattle Seahawks Offense
Russell Wilson is one of those quarterbacks who can both throw and run the ball. His passing numbers are about on par to last years and he is the teams second-leading rusher with 393 yards. Running back M
arshawn Lynch leads the team with 549 and 5 touchdowns. Like his quarterback, Lynch has dual talents and is the second leading receiver in catches with 22 and also leads them with 3 receiving touchdowns.
Without wide receiver Golden Tate and now Percy Harvin, the duties fall heavy on Doug Baldwin who leads the team with 34 catches for 409 yards.
Harvin was their most targeted receiver after five games and had (still has even though he's gone) the best rushing average, 8.4 yards a carry. Wilson has less to work with now and injuries on the offensive line haven't helped. Last week they were changing positions at the line because players weren't familiar with some of the plays being called in. Getting back two starting offensive linemen as projected for this week will help get them back on track.

Seattle Seahawks Defense
The real strength of the Seattle team is the defensive unit and they've had some health issues as well, but safety Kam Chancellor and cornerback Jeremy Lane are expected to return after missing last week's game. Seattle finished as the top ranked passing defense last season with 28 interceptions. After eight games, they have just 5 now with two of them coming off of a rookie quarterback last week. Don't let that low number fool you though as they are ranked sixth overall in preventing opponents passing yards, improving upwards over the last three games. Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin lead the team with 3.0 sacks each and Cliff Avril has 2. Irvin had an interception last week and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. Cornerback Richard Sherman also pulled in his first interception of the season and he'll likely switch sides at times to stay on Odell Beckham Jr.
This is a tough defense and not a surprise to anyone that it's hard to run on this team. The Seahawks are No. 4 in the NFL in run defense, allowing only 83 yards per game. Last week they held Raiders running back Darren McFadden to a total of only 20 yards on 13 carries and he usually runs for about 4 yards a carry on average. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane controls the line of scrimmage, clogs up the middle and forces running backs to the outside where speedy linebackers are waiting. Llinebacker Malcolm Smith, the Super Bowl MVP, might make it back, but strong safety Kam Chancellor, another good run stopper, looks to miss this game.

Giants offense
Eli Manning threw the ball 52 times last week, and it wasn't just because they were trailing in points. There was no running game to be had, and as expected, Rashad Jennings is not making this trip to Seattle because of his knee injury. Once again it will be Andre Williams giving it a go along with maybe some plans to feature Michael Cox and Peyton Hillis who both had a bit more success on their runs in the Colts game. If offensive line and tight ends could only block better maybe something could happen.
Manning is still struggling in attempting to throw the ball deep. He didn't connect on all seven attempts with his receivers when he threw the ball 20 or more yards downfield. His receiving crew is inexperienced, but overall about 11 passes looked to be overthrown. Odell Beckham is going to draw a lot of attention, leaving things to Rueben Randle.
Rookie Corey Washington looked good coming into the game for the first time in the regular season with his four catches and first career touchdown late in the game, but maybe his appearance just caught the Colts by surprise and they were unprepared.

Giants defense
On Monday the unit started off well against a tough Colts offense without getting much help from their own. This week things shift from shutting down a quarterback with Andrew Luck's passing abilities to stopping Russell Wilson and the running attack. Wilson is coming off a bad outing against the Raiders, going 17 of 35 for 179 yards and his quarterback rating has dropped in the past four games, assisted by the fact that his offensive line keeps changing on him due to injuries. The Seahawks rank 30th in passing yards and even contacted retired receiver Randy Moss about joining the team after Harvin was traded away.
Their offensive line overhaul is one of the few factors the Giants might be able to take advantage of in this game and hopefully Jason Pierre-Paul will be up to full speed.
It's really tough to have lost cornerback Prince Amukamara who was strong in both run support and pass coverage, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is still not everything he can be at this point.

Like it or not, the Giants are in rebuilding mode facing a team trying to repeat as champions while learning just how difficult that can be. In the last few games the Seahawks sustained two losses before winning twice by just four and six points respectively. Both teams are struggling with injuries, but the Seahawks seem to be getting past theirs while the Giants just continue to struggle. With the Giants coming off a restful bye week just to lose in a poor fashion as they did to the Colts, and then have to travel on a short week to face the defending Super Bowl team, expectations are low.
The Giants will have to do much more than just play mistake free football. They need to actually recover the other team's fumbles unlike last week where three of them went right back to the Colts and where interceptions almost happened but didn't. Fans can hang on the fact that although
the Seahawks rarely lose at home, the Cowboys, another NFC East team, made that happen last month.

NFC East
At 1pm on Sunday, the Cowboys (6-3) play in Jacksonville against the Jaguars (1-8). Later in the day at 4:25pm the Giants play their game in Seattle against the Seahawks. On Monday night the Eagles (6-2) host the Panthers (3-5) and the Redskins are on a bye week. The Cowboys and Eagles are favored to win in their games. Check out.
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