Week 7 Tale Of The Tape: Seattle Seahawks At New York Giants

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass during the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 15: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 15, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
  • Quarterback
    The rested Seahawks could have been ready to fall into a trap against the Giants, but New York served notice that it is a better team than it appeared in its opening five losses. Seattle QB Russell Wilson should be ready to be at his best. That means getting outside the pocket and finding open receivers. Wilson is completing 62.4 percent of his passes and has an 8-3 TD-interception ratio.
    The Giants finally earned a win, and it came in shocking fashion on the road in Week 6 against the Denver Broncos. There was a determination that was missing, and the Giants won with a hard-hitting physical style. Eli Manning did not have to do much, as he completed 11-of-19 passes for 128 yards with one TD, and he kept it clean on the interception side of the ledger.
  • Offense
    The Seahawks want to unleash a physical running game, but they suffered a key blow when they lost rookie RB Chris Carson in Week 4. Thomas Rawls and former Packer Eddie Lacy are capable of providing a semblance of a ground game, but the bulk of the offense will likely come from WR Doug Baldwin and TE Jimmy Graham.
    The Giants were one of the worst running teams in the league through until Week 6, but they made a commitment to get that part of their game in gear against the Broncos. Orleans Darkwa handled the responsibility well, running for 117 yards on 21 carries and providing something of an identity. TE Evan Engram could become Manning’s key receiver after the injuries suffered to New York’s wideouts.
  • Defense
    The Seahawks may not be as consistent on this side of the ball as they once were, but they can still turn up the heat and play lockdown defense from time to time. MLB Bobby Wagner is smart, tough and athletic, and he may be the best at his position in the league. DE Michael Bennett has 4.0 sacks and can put his imprint on the game, and the same holds for brilliant FS Earl Thomas.
    The Giants have suffered brutal injuries on offense that have cost them WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, so if there’s any chance of the team turning it around, it will be up to the defense. Jason Pierre-Paul is this unit’s leader, and he rallied his team with 3.0 sacks against the Broncos. Look for SS Landon Collins to pick up his game this week.
  • Special Teams
    The Seahawks used to be one of the stingiest teams when it came to punt and kickoff coverage, but that’s no longer the case. Speedy Tyler Lockett is a threat to break a long play anytime he touches the ball. PK Blair Walsh has made 9-of-10 FG attempts, but he may have issues in clutch situations.
    The Giants have had problems with their coverage teams this year, and they must be better against the Seahawks or Lockett could burn them. Aldrick Rosas is an unproven placekicker who has made 7-of-9 FG attempts. Brad Wing is just an ordinary punter with a 36.9-yard net average.
The Seahawks must be quite careful hear and realize that the Giants are capable of matching or exceeding their performance against the Broncos. If Seattle plays its best game, that should be enough to get the Seahawks a key road win.