SEAHAWKS AT GIANTS, at METLIFE STADIUM
WHEN: 4:25 p.m.
TV: Ch. 2
LINE: Seahawks by 6
The Giants can finally feel good about themselves heading into Week 7 as they come off their first win of the season — a shocking, impressive 23-10 victory on the road over the Denver Broncos. But Big Blue will have its hands full this weekend as Russell Wilson and the 3-2 Seattle Seahawks come to town off a bye to take on the 1-5 Giants.
The Giants defense finally played to the level everyone expected out of them last week against the Broncos and it resulted in two interceptions and a strip-sack fumble. Janoris Jenkins even returned his interception for a touchdown, taking the pressure off a Giants offense that is decimated with injuries. Russell Wilson is not prone to making many mistakes — he has three interceptions this season — but if the defense can find a way to get their hands on the ball it gives them a fighting chance.
GRAB AN EARLY LEAD
The Giants jumped out to a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter and entered the half leading 17-3. It put the pressure on the Broncos offense and allowed the Giants to play conservatively by running the ball the second half. If the Giants fail to get an early lead they will have to rely on a banged-up receiving corps against an elite Seattle defense to play catch up, which does not work in their favor.
GROUND AND POUND
The Giants had 147 rushing yards last week, with 117 of them coming from veteran back Orleans Darkwa. The fourth-year rusher from Tulane is finally getting his opportunity to shine and will need to continue to show he can be the primary running back with another strong performance on Sunday. The earlier the Giants can get him going the more effective their banged-up offense can be against the Seahawks.
Giants: DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad), RB Paul Perkins (ribs) and C Weston Richburg (concussion) are OUT. WR Sterling Shepard is questionable.
Seahawks: DE Cliff Avril (neck) and G Luke Joeckel (knee) are OUT. CB Jeremy Lane (groin) is DOUBTFUL. DE Michael Bennett (heel), DT Nazair Jones (knee), RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) and DE Marcus Smith (ankle) are questionable.