Giants (4-7) Seattle
Monday night the Seahawks traveled to Philadelphia. They ended up winning the
The Giants played at Cincinnati
on Sunday and came up with their third win in a row, beating the Bengals 19-17.
Carroll is in his eleventh year as the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Over
the past ten years he's gotten the Seahawks into the playoffs eight times, and
to the Super Bowl twice. The Seahawks won the first one in 2013 over the Denver
Broncos, and lost the second to the New England Patriots. Last year the Seahawks
were off to a 10-2 start before losing three of their last four games. That included
one to the San Francisco 49ers, who are in their same NFC West Division and they
went on to play in the Super Bowl.
Right now Carroll has the Seahawks leading
all the rest of the teams in the division. Their next three games are against
the Giants, Jets, and Washington, before they play the other teams in their same
division in the final two games. The results for them last month was a victory
over the 49ers 37-27, and a loss to the Rams 23-16.
How good is quarterback Russell Wilson? Last year he finished with 31 touchdown
passes and only 5 interceptions. Wilson was the third leading rusher on the team,
also running the ball into the endzone 3 times. This year after 11 games, Wilson
is completing just about 71 percent of his passes, the highest of his career,
and has already thrown 31 touchdowns. The only knock would be the 10 interceptions,
which is uncharacteristic of him, as he's never thrown more than 11 in any one
Nine of Wilson's touchdown passes have gone to wide receiver DK Metcalf.
As a rookie last year, he was the team's second leading receiver with 900 yards
and 7 touchdown, averaging 15.5 yards a catch. Now he leads the league with 1039
receiving yards, and is averaging 17.9 yards a catch. Their top running back last
year, Chris Carson, returned last week after missing four games to play against
the Eagles, and he had 8 carries for 41 yards and 1 touchdown. All this has helped
the Seahawks rank fifth, averaging 391 yards per game.
They ranked 22nd last year defending
against the run. That's changed as they currently rank 3rd in rushing yards per
game and yards per rush. They came up big last Monday in Philadelphia, allowing
a total of just 28 yards on the ground to Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Corey
Clement. It was 70 yards total thanks to quarterback Carson Wentz running instead
of passing on five plays.
The Seahawks passing defense continues to let them
down. Last year they were 27th in the league and are currently at the bottom.
They're giving up 328.8 passing yards per game. Sacks were at an all time low
last year for a Pete Carroll coached team, where they had just 28. They've added
safety Jamal Adams who knows the Giants from last year from when he was with the
Jets. He had a big game against them with two forced fumbles, where on one he
grabbed the ball out of Daniel Jones hands and ran it back for a touchdown. Adams
leads the team in sacks and is tied for the most quarterback hits despite missing
four games this season. Overall though, this defense gives up a lot of yards,
and they are ranked dead last in yards allowed, giving up 418 yards per game.
Daniel Jones went three straight
games without a turnover, cut short last week when he was injured, and the Giants
won all three of those games. The fact that the Giants have turned the ball over
only one time in the past three weeks has helped lead the way to their recent
success. Colt McCoy came in cold last week when he suddenly was called on to fill
in for Jones. In the game McCoy completed 6 of 11 passes for 31 yards, and he
ran 5 times for 7 yards.
That doesn't sound like much, but what McCoy did
best was maintain ball security, and he continued their good field position to
enable them to score three field goals while he was in control. The Giants will
need much more from McCoy this week, if in fact he is the starter, and he has
had more time to prepare. A backup quarterback would be helped out with a good
running game, and Wayne Gallman has rushed for 198 yards and 6 touchdowns over
the past five games. Overall in the last six games, the Giants have run for 100
or more yards in each one. They might not be able to continue that success this
week against the Seahawks tough run defense, so more might rest on McCoy and his
They came up big when the Giants
needed it last week against the Bengals. Overall they allowed just 155 total yards
and forced 3 turnovers. Logan Ryan recorded 6 tackles, 2 pass breakups, a forced
fumble, and a fumble recovery. Things look to be a bit tougher this week against
the Seahawks. Russell Wilson can really throw the ball, and is mobile enough to
allow his receivers to have extra time to get free. You don't want one of them
to be DK Metcalf. On Monday night in Philadelphia, top cornerback Darius Slay
tried to cover Metcalf, but Metcalf had one of his best games, catching 10 of
13 passes for 177 yards, with one long reception of 52 yards.
cornerback James Bradberry will have to deal with Metcalf, and he does lead the
league with the most pass breakups and forced incompletions. Even if Bradberry
shuts down the NFL's leading receiver, Wilson still has Tyler Lockett and David
Moore at his disposal. The Giants do have linebacker Blake Martinez, who has played
in three games against the Seahawks. Martinez currently has 101 tackles, which
is 5th in the NFL, 2 two sacks, 7 tackles for a loss, 1 interception, 1 forced
fumble, and a fumble recovery. It would help if the Giants had linebacker Kyler
Fackrell, who was placed on injured reserve this week, to help pressure the quarterback.
They do have Jabaal Sheard, who sacked Cincinnati quarterback Brandon Allen in
the closing minute last week, forcing a fumble that Leonard Williams recovered
to seal the Giants win.
Fans will get to see two NFC first place division
teams face off on Sunday, though it's not often that one of the teams playing
is a ten point underdog. In fact if the 8-3 Seahawks had the Giants 4-7 record,
they'd be in last place in their NFC West division. The NFC East is more forgiving
The Giants are on a three game win streak, and Seattle has won
their last two. Both teams played Philadelphia during that stretch, and the Giants
beat the Eagles by 10 points, and Seattle by just 6. The Seahawks started the
season 5-0, and since are 3-3. Maybe the Giants can surprise everyone on Sunday.
Sunday at 4:05pm Giants (4-7)
at Seahawks (8-3).
Sunday at 4:25pm Eagles (3-7-1) at Packers (8-3).
at 5:00pm Washington (4-7) at Steelers (11-0).
Tuesday at 8:05pm Cowboys (3-8)
at Ravens (6-4).
No NFC East teams are favored to win in these games. Cowboys
at Ravens - No line at this time.
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