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Seahawks vs. New York Giants Pick.
New York Giants(5-2 SU,4-3 ATS)at Seattle Seahawks (4-3 SU,4-3 ATS), 4:05 p.m. EST, NFL Week 9, Sunday,November 7, 2010, Qwest Field (Field Turf), Seattle, Washington, TV: FOX Regional
ByJeff Hochmanof JHSportsline.com
Betting Odds:NYG 6.5/Sea +6.5
Over/Under Total: 41
With two weeks to prepare, the New York Giants willlook to win its fifth straight game against the up-and-downSeattle Seahawks at Quest Field on Sunday.
Seattle got blown-out by the surging Oakland Raiders33-3, as 1.5-point road dogs. Seattle was out-gained 542-162 and could not get out of their own way. The Raiders committed 11 penalties for 105 yards and still won by 30 points. Jason Campbell threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns. Darren McFadden ran for 111 yards as the Raiders reached the .500 mark this late in the season for the first time since 2002. That was the year they won the Super Bowl.They also finally put together back-to-back wins, a feat that had eluded them the past two seasons.
The New York Giants crushed the Dallas Cowboys (everyone does) 41-35, as 3.5-point road underdogs. The final score is not indicative of how bad the Cowboys played. It’s obvious that the Cowboys have simply quit on Wade Philips. Thiswas another game were he was out-coached!Eli Manning led New York on five straight scoring drives over the middle two quarters, posting 31 points. He bounced back from interceptions on his first two drives of the night to match his career best with four touchdown passes. Brandon Jacobs ran 30 yards for a touchdown, and Lawrence Tynes kicked a career-best 53-yard field goal, just some of their many highlights in that game.
Matt Hasselbeck was “dinged up” according to head coach Pete Carroll after the game. We found out that Hasselbeck suffered a concussion sometime duringthe game against the Raiders, leaving his status for this weekend in doubt. Hasselbeck wasn’t the only Seahawk that left Oakland banged up. Red Bryant(knee), Golden Tate(ankle), Colin Cole(ankle), Tyler Polumbus (ankle), Mike Williams (bruised knee), Ben Hamilton (concussion) and Brandon Stokley (oblique) all suffered injuries that were addressed by the head coach. Of those, Red Bryant’s knee injury was the most serious. Tate was in a boot yesterday and the team is taking it day-by-day. Needless to say, the Giants are the much healthier team right now.
Itwon’t get any easier for the Seahawks in this game. The New York Giants come to town and they areknown for their relentless pass-rush and superb defensive line play, the task of blocking the Giants appears to be a daunting one especially since Seattle’s offensive line is ‘nicked’ up.
The good news for the Seahawks is that they play much better at home (3-0)than on the road (1-3). I am still concerned that Seattle is just 2-5 ITS (in the stats) this season and the factthey are ranked No. 24 in Special Teams play. The Giants are 5-2 ITS (in the stats) and they have the 7th bestSpecial Teams units in the entire NFL.
Just as the Giants appeared to be getting healthier on the offensive line, it was revealed yesterday that center Shaun O’hara has a new injury. After missing three consecutive games with painful bursitis in his left ankle and Achilles, O’Hara was able to return and start the past two games, seemingly putting that problem behind him. Not so fast.The hope nowis that O’Hara will have to miss only one game, but the usual timetable for this malady is 2-to-4 weeks. Not having their starting center this weekend could be problematic, considering Qwest Field is tough on the road team and has proven to be especially challenging to the Giants, who are winless in their last four games in Seattle.
Seattle is averaging just 88.6 yards rushing per game. Don’t expect much success on the ground as the Giants are holding foes to just 85 yards rushing per game. The Seahawks will look to exploit a Giants’ secondary that allows 211 passing yards per road game.
Seattle is allowing 368 yards per game, but with a very solid red zone defense opponents are only scoring 20.0 points per game. The Giants are allowing 263 yards per game, but with the 25th ranked red zone defense they allow 22 points per game. Seattle does a good job of not giving up touchdowns in the red zone.
in 2008, the Giants crushed Seattle 44-6 as 7-point home favorites. Eli Manning passed for 267 yards with two touchdowns, and Brandon Jacobs rushed for 136 yards with two scores. Look for Pete Carroll to use that game as a motivational tool this Sunday.
The Giants are 15-7 SU and 13-9 ATSas favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points. Seattle is 4-10 SU and 7-7 ATS as underdogs of 3.5 to 9.5 points. These trends are meaningless as Seattle has a new head coach and philosophy.
The total has gone OVER in 9 of the NY Giants last 12 games. The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle’s last 7 games when playing NY Giants.
Jeff’sPick to Cover the Point Spread:Seattle Seahawks+6.5 & Over 41
The Giants are 9-15 SU and 9-14-1 ATS after their BYE week. Wait for this line to creep up to 7by game day. Not the strongest pick by any means. I justlike winning teams returning home after a blowout road loss. Take Seattle and Over 41!