Seattle hasn’t won in New York in 28 years
The Seattle Seahawks march into New York this week to take on the streaking NY Giants. Like the headlines says, the Seahawks have been appalling while playing in New York. In fact, that last 2 times the teams met, the Seahawks got smoked by a total of 85-13.
There are lots of things to consider in this matchup, with some costly injuries and some momentum swinging in different directions. Those differences could easily be the key to this game.
As we all know, Seattle came back from a 20 point deficit to lose in the last seconds last week vs Atlanta. They finally found their mojo, albeit a bit late in the game.
If Seattle can carry that momentum into this game, they can come out victorious.
What worked so well in the second half last week vs Atlanta, the no-huddle offense, could easily win the game for the Seahawks. That is, if they can get it going early for a change.
Giants QB Eli Manning is the number two quarterback in the NFC right now. With the announcement that RB Brandon Jacobs probably won’t be playing this weekend, look for the Giants to air the ball out…a lot. Wide receiver Mario Manningham has been in and out of action for the Giants, so he may be iffy. Look for receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to get a lot of looks whether Manningham is in or not.
This could help the Seattle defense out, as they can focus more on stopping the pass, which has been shaky, at best. They have held big play receivers in check, but are still giving up large chunks of pass yardage to the opposition.
If safety Kam Chancellor comes back, it would be a huge lift to the defense, and the passing game in particular. If Chancellor and S Earl Thomas can play their gang-up style of football like they did before the injury to Chancellor, the Seahawks could make big plays defensively with the safety nets in place.
Another factor the Seahawk defense must focus on is the fact that it has been on the field more than any other defense in the NFL. With the Seahawks going more no-huddle, this could leave the defense on the field a lot more so conditioning and substitutions will be key.
Another injury for the Giants that changes the gameplan is Justin Tuck, who is out for New York as well. This should ease the pass rush and give the Seattle O-Line a little bit of a break in coverage pressure. That means instead of primarily blocking, the tight ends might be able to go out and make some plays for a change. Look for Zach Miller to get more looks this week than he has so far this season.
Osi Umenyiora is probable, but banged up as well, which could help the line with pass rush coverage even more. Like last week, there is a more-than-decent chance that Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson will not be sacked or at least have a lot more time in the pocket than he is used to.
It’s obvious the Seahawks need to get the run game and RB Marshawn Lynch going, but it will not make a big difference in this particular game. It will open the pass game some, which will help, but won’t be a factor in this contest.
There’s not a whole lot more to be said than has been mentioned week-in and week-out. The Seahawks need to get points on the board in the first half for a change, the defense needs to make the crucial 3rd down stops and the offensive line needs to block like their life depended on it.
The game is a toss-up, but I still think the Seahawks come out on top in this one.