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Game 8 preview
Sunday Oct 30, 4:25 PM - Giants at Seattle

Giants (6-1) Seahawks (4-3)
The Seattle Seahawks got off to a good start last week in their game with the Los Angles Chargers. They were up 17-0 in the first quarter, and though Los Angeles closed the gap to 17-14 in the second, they never lost their lead. The Seahawks finished with a 37- 23 win over the Chargers.
The Giants won their game at Jacksonville last week, but it wasn't easy. Once again the underdog team had to come from behind and hold their lead. This time it came down to the final play of the game, where they stopped the Jaguars at the 1-yard line to secure their 23-17 victory.

Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll coached for two losing seasons until the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson in the third round, making him the sixth quarterback drafted in 2012. The team had just signed the second most sought after free agent, Matt Flynn, who had agreed to a $19.5 million contract in the offseason. According to Carroll, Wilson beat out Flynn, and he made him the starter. Russell Wilson was the starting quarterback for the Seahawks for the last ten years. During that time the team was in the playoffs in all but two.
In the 2013 season, the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos, and made another appearance the following year. This time the Seahawks lost to the New England Patriots. The first time the Seahawks missed out on the playoffs was when they had a 9-7 record in 2017. The second time was last year, and the 7-10 finish was their first losing season in ten years. Wilson had complained at previous times that he wasn't getting enough protection and taking too many hits.
Going into 2021, Wilson had been sacked 394 times in his nine seasons, and at least 40 times in every season since 2013. Last year Wilson missed 3 games with an injury, and had taken 33 sacks and backup quarterback Geno Smith took 13 for a team total of 46 on the year. Wilson had been looking for more of a say in personnel matters, and the way things turned out, the team and Wilson parted ways.
A number of teams were interested, and Wilson agreed to waive his no-trade provision for a few of them. Maybe they never forgot the lopsided 43–8 Super Bowl loss Wilson dealt them a while back, but it was the Denver Broncos who agreed to the Seahawks terms involving their starting quarterback Drew Lock, and more draft picks in order to acquire Wilson.

Seattle Seahawks Offense
Geno Smith was the backup for Russell Wilson last year, and though the Seahawks picked up Drew Lock in their trade with the Broncos, Smith beat him out for the starting job. Smith is completing 73.5 percent of his passes, with 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, while leading his team to a 4-3 record, good enough for the division lead in the NFC West. Smith has taken 16 sacks thus far with 10 coming in the last three games as the offensive line tries to live up to their record. Kidding aside, Seattle is the fifth scoring offense in the league.
Aside from Smith throwing 11 touchdowns and running for one, his top two running backs have combined for 6 rushing touchdowns. Rookie Kenneth Walker, and Rashaad Penny have each averaged 6.1 yards a carry. Unfortunately, Penny, the teams leading rusher last year, suffered a broken leg in the Week 5 game at New Orleans. In the two games since then, Walker ran for 97 yards in the first, and last week carried the ball 23 times, for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Both of Seattle's top receivers are listed as questionable for this game. D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett were the teams top receivers last season, and are as well this year. Each has caught 2 touchdown passes, and over half the time they've caught the ball, it's gone for a first down. Tight end Will Dissly leads the team with 3 touchdowns, and has pulled in 19 of the 20 passes Smith has thrown his way.

Seattle Seahawks Defense
This defense is ranked 29th in the league in yards allowed, which is just about where they were last year. While the Seahawks have shown improvement with their passing defense, which has moved up to 23rd compared to 31st, rushing defense is a big issue. They are 30th in that area, facing a team this week that has made the rushing attack a major factor in their success. In their seven games, the Seahawks have allowed five 100-yard rushers, and allowed 149.7 rushing yards a game.
The Seahawks signed on Uchenna Nwosu in the offseason to beef up their pass rush, and it was a good move. So far he has 29 total tackles, 10 quarterback hits, and three defended passes. Nwosu is tied with Darrell Taylor and Quinton Jefferson, each having recorded 3 sacks. Rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen is off to a great start for his career. He's tied for the league lead in interceptions with 4, including one he returned 40 yards for a touchdown, and has 2 fumble recoveries.
It should be noted that despite current numbers, it matters where teams are trending. Over the last two games the defense has made strides. Up front they have been slowing the run, bringing quarterback pressure, and the secondary has been playing even stronger. In the Cardinal's game, though their defense scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone, the Seattle defense gave up only three points. Last week Seattle allowed only 53 rushing yards, to help end the Chargers three game winning streak.

NY Giants Offense
The Giants offensive line was showing improvement as the season moved forward, but they took a big hit last week in Jacksonville. They lost Ben Bredeson to a knee injury and Evan Neal to an MCL sprain, and will field replacements in this game with the Seahawks. It's important for the offensive linemen to understand each others tendencies, and to be able to communicate. That could be a big factor here when the Seahawks fans exert their "12th Man" influence onto the field before each of the Giants offensive plays. Getting off to an early lead would help quiet the crowd, but the Giants don't usually do that.
One big thing in the Giants favor is that they have the second best rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 173.4 rushing yards per game. They are up against a team that is very weak in that area. The combination of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley running the ball has led to winning games. Jones has been doing it all, and last week he became the first player in Giants history with 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in a game. Jones, the third-leading rusher in the quarterbacks group, also was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Because of a lack of available players, the Giants still struggle with their passing game. Last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the receivers dropped at least six passes thrown in their direction. Running back Barkley has the most receptions on the team with 25, and wide receiver Richie James is next with 20. Next would be reliable tight end Daniel Bellinger. The rookie has caught 16 of 18 passes for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns, but was hurt last week, and has undergone a successful eye operation. The focus will be on receivers James, Wan’Dale Robinson, and Darius Slayton in this game.

Giants Defense
After playing well in earlier games against some top running backs, Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey, and Ezekiel Elliott, they have slipped, and now have given up the third most rushing yards in the league. Running back Kenneth Walker has exceeded all expectations as a rookie, and one of the reasons they are 10th in the NFL in rushing. Running back Rashaad Penny will miss the rest of 2022 season with his injury, but quarterback Geno Smith also has to be watched.
With Penny out, Smith shows as second on the team with 30 carries for 132 yards and 1 touchdown. Run stoppers Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams, pay attention. The Giants passing defense might catch a break, because it's leaning towards wide receiver D.K. Metcalf missing this game with a knee injury. They'll still have to deal with Tyler Lockett, who has 41 catches for 468 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Marquise Goodwin, who had a 2 touchdown game against the Chargers last week. Smith relies on tight ends more than Russell Wilson had in the past, and three of his tight ends have done well for him.

The Seattle Seahawks are in an NFC West division where a 4-3 puts you at the top. The Giants are 6-1, and in the NFC East, the Cowboys 5-2 record is keeping them just above last place. The Seahawks are picking up their pace and have won their last two games. The Giants have won their last four being ranked as underdogs, as they are this week as well. The Seahawks have also had their share of games being the underdog. It's strange the way things sometimes work out, but the only game this week in which each team has a winning record, is this one with the Seahawks and Giants.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Bears (3-4) at Cowboys (5-2).
Sunday at 1:00pm Steelers (2-5) at Eagles (6-0).
Sunday at 4:25pm Giants (6-1) at Seahawks (4-3).
Sunday at 4:25pm Commanders (3-4) at Colts (3-3-1).
The Cowboys and Eagles are the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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