The Seahawks face the 1-5 New York Football Giants in the Meadowlands on Sunday. For a 1-5 team, the Giants worry me.
The Seahawks briefly climbed to the top of the NFC West last week when they defeated the L.A. Rams in Los Angeles to go to 3-2. L.A. beat Jacksonville while the Seahawks rested on Bye to retake first place, and the Arizona Cardinals showed signs of life.
That’s all to say this road game in the dreaded East Coast timezone is a pivotal matchup as we creep toward the mid-way point of the season.
Looking at the schedule a few months ago, I feared this Giants game as much as anyone. And while some might now view the 1-5 Giants as an easy win, New York still poses a threat to Seattle at home.
The Giants match up well will the Seahawks’ offensive line, which, as everyone knows, is much-maligned for its performance up to this point. The group lost guard Luke Joeckel to arthroscopic knee surgery, which means either the untested rookie Ethan Pocic will or the much-maligned Mark Glowinski will fill in.
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The Giants hadn’t done much right this season before their shocking win over the Broncos last week, but one thing they’re good at is controlling the defensive line of scrimmage. Jason Pierre-Paul had three sacks and generally made life miserable for Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian. As a group, the Giants never let Denver into the game, glossing over a sub-par performance by Eli Manning throwing to a collection of fill-in receivers I’ve never heard of.
This has the makings of a Rams-esque game for the Seahawks. Despite their superior talent and record, the Seahawks will have trouble with the Giants, simply because of their fearsome defensive line. It will be ugly.
The Seahawks can overcome this, of course, and they shouldn’t have trouble bottling up Manning and his no-name receivers. Despite the 100-yard effort by running back Orleans Darkwa against the much-exulted Denver defensive front, I don’t see him reaching that plateau against Seattle. The question will be, can Russell Wilson and company muster enough points to win?
I think they can squeak enough points on the board to beat the Giants’ tepid offense. The Seahawks will win ugly with one touchdown, 13-3.