A third of the NFL season is officially in the rearview and teams have now made a reputation for themselves, for better or for worse. Week 8 has a key matchup between the hot 6-1 Giants and the surprising 4-3 Sehawks who currently lead the NFC West. Both teams have silenced a lot of doubters early in the season making for an interesting matchup. Read ahead for predictions, odds, picks, injuries, depth charts, and more.
New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks Betting Odds
Seattle is a three-point home favorite this week against the Giants. This line saw a shift in the Seahawks’ favor after Week 7 outcomes, which included a big win for Seattle against the Chargers on the road. The Giants won as well, albeit in nail-biting fashion, on the road in Jacksonville.
Despite the Giants’ current four-game winning streak, which includes wins over the Packers and Ravens, oddsmakers are giving Seattle the edge at home. Seattle ranks third, behind Buffalo and Kansas City, in offensive DVOA and New York ranks seventh.
New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks Prediction
Seattle has been firing on all cylinders for two straight weeks now. Their defense has gotten in their way more than once this year, but has managed to shut down Kyler Murray and Justin Herbert in the last two weeks. Last week they held Herbert to a 64% completion rate and a very potent rushing attack to just 53 yards on the ground. They sacked Herbert three times (Chargers season-high) and posted an interception. This Seattle offense, led by new faces, has improved every week. They’ve forced two turnovers in five straight games and recorded 10 sacks over their last three games. They will have to continue to improve this week against a talented Giants offense who has a dangerous game on the ground.
This Seattle offense is one of the hottest in the league right now. Geno Smith continues to prove people stupid for ever doubting him while rookie Kenneth Walker has emerged as a top running back in the league. He has rushed for 353 yards on 52 carries over the past three weeks, which is good for 6.78 yards per carry. Walker tallied 168 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers while Smith threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns. The big question going into this game is if Smith will have his most dangerous target, DK Metcalf, who left last week’s game with a knee injury. It’s been confirmed he won’t need surgery, but he is listed as questionable for this week.
Brian Daboll deserves all the credit in the world for the 6-1 start that this team is on. He’s had help from Daniel Jones, who, like Smith, has silenced a lot of people. He threw for 202 yards and a touchdown, while tallying another 107 yards and a touchdown on the run last week. Saquon Barkley is the nucleus of this offense, though, and he showed it last week with his third 100+ yard rushing performance of the year. He could terrorize a Seattle run defense, that despite its recent success, has shown some serious holes.
The Giants’ run defense isn’t particularly impressive either as they are giving up over 140 rushing yards per game, which is a potential problem against a fast running back like Walker. They rank third-to-last in run defense DVOA and have allowed 100-yard rushers twice this year.
Overall, the Giants 6-1 record is impressive, but a bit deceptive. Their win over the Titans came by the skin of their teeth, as did their win in Jacksonville last week, and their most lopsided win was by eight points at home against the Bears. At home, it’s hard to pick against a Seahawks team that is putting all the pieces together right now, and beating good teams in the process. I’m taking the Hawks to win and snap New York’s winning streak.
Seahawks win 24-17, Seahawks cover, under 44.5
- Giants are 5-0 ATS as the underdog this year
- Under is 5-2 for the Giants
- Giants 2-0 record on the road
- Seahawks 3-1 ATS in last four games
- Over is 4-1 in Seahawks last five games
- Seahawks 2-1 record at home
New York Giants Injuries: Kadarius Toney (Q), Kenny Golladay (Q), Wan’Dale Robinson (Q)
Seattle Seahawks Injuries: DK Metcalf (Q),
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Kenneth Walker vs. Giants Run Defense
This game should see a lot of ground action as both offenses are fueled by two very talented running backs. Walker put the league on notice in last week’s win over the Chargers with his 74-yard touchdown dash down the right sideline where his speed reached a ball carrier league-high 22.09 MPH. The Giants run defense has struggled to contain run-heavy offenses, conceding 144 yards on the ground, per game. Teams also average the most yards per rush attempt against this run defense (5.7).
Saquon Barkley vs. Seahawks Run Defense
Through Week 5, the Seahawks had one of the worst run defenses in the league. They seemed to have picked it up in the last two weeks, having held Austin Ekeler and the Chargers ground game to 53 total yards in Week 7. They’ve got another stiff competitor to shut down again this week as they face arguably the best running back in the league. Expect to see a lot of Barkley this week as Seattle has one of the highest opponent rush play percentages and the third-most rushing touchdowns against them.