Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants Matchup Preview (12/6/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Although the Seattle Seahawks (8-3) and New York Giants (4-7) have very different records, they are both at the top of their divisions in very hotly contested playoff races. The NFC West is still a legitimate two-team battle for first place, and the NFC East is the only division in the NFL without one team having an over 50% chance to win it. Both the Giants and Seahawks being on a winning streak, this game is a clash of fiery momentums. In the battle to remain at the top of their respective divisions, this game should be very anticipated for all NFL fans.
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Date: December 6th, 2020
Time: 4:05 PM ET
Location: CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Washington
TV Coverage: FOX
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*Indiciates Expected Week 13 Return
IR list: Branden Jackson (spine), Patrick Carr (undisclosed), Bruce Irvin (knee), Marquise Blair (knee), Bryan Mone* (ankle), Neiko Thorpe (abdomen), Quinton Dunbar (knee), Greg Olsen (foot), Lano Hill* (back), Philip Dorsett (foot). Out: Bo Scarbrough (hamstring). Questionable: Jordan Simmons (calf), Carlos Dunlap (foot), Brandon Shell (ankle), Carlos Hyde (toe), Tre Flowers (hamstring), Kyle Fuller (ankle), Damien Lewis (groin), Travis Homer (wrist), Chris Carson (foot).
New York Giants:
IR list: Cody Core (achilles), David Sills (foot), Lorenzo Carter (achilles), Saquon Barkley (knee), Devonta Freeman (ankle), Ryan Lewis* (hamstring), Adrian Colbert* (shoulder), Jaquarius Andrews* (undisclosed), Kyler Fackrell (lower leg), Oshane Ximines (shoulder. Questionable: Daniel Jones (hamstring), Nate Ebner (knee), Sterling Shepard (toe), David Mayo (knee), Darius Slayton (shoulder), Cam Brown (illness).
Seattle Seahawks Analysis
The Seattle Seahawks are looking to continue their three-game win streak entering the easy part of their schedule. Last Monday, they defeated the Eagles 23-17 in a game that was less close than the score indicates. Philadelphia scored a garbage-time touchdown in the final seconds that meant nothing for the outcome. The win kept Seattle’s undefeated record against losing teams this season, now 5-0. Against the 4-7 Giants on Sunday, they look to keep the perfection alive.
The success of the Seahawks this year can be mostly attributed to their offense, not the defense. They are far from what fans remember in the mid-2010s when they were almost entirely carried by an elite secondary, the “Legion of Boom.” Seattle’s 391 yards (5th) and 31 points (3rd) per game this year both rank top 5 in the league. With 3.8 offensive touchdowns (2nd) per game, only the Packers reach the endzone more. Against a strong but not elite Giants defense, they should be able to keep their offensive momentum going.
Seattle’s passing attack is mostly where they punish their opponents. Russel Wilson’s 3216 yards on the season ranks 3rd best in the league. He is also 2nd in passing touchdowns with 31 and 4th in QB rating at 110.8. His pass-heavy offense has also lent himself to throwing 10 interceptions on the year, 5th most in the league. The statistics of Wilson this season have pushed him in the spotlight of MVP conversations. When a winning team’s quarterback is playing very well, they usually are. Pass defense is not what New York specializes in, allowing opponents to pass for 244.7 yards per game, 19th in the league. Wilson looks to complete his third consecutive game with both a passing touchdown and no turnovers. In this matchup, I wouldn’t put it past him to do it.
But plenty of credit should also be given to this stellar Seattle receiving group. Headlined by the NFL’s leading receiver, DK Metcalf, the squad has been able to get open against tough defenses all season long. The trio of Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and David Moore has notably remained healthy all year long, being reliable targets for Willson in all 11 of the Seahawks games this year. It should also be highlighted that DK Metcalf is coming off a huge, 10 reception, 177-yard performance against the Eagles in which he torched them all game long. Wilson will look to target him and Lockett this Sunday, facing a below-average Giants passing defense.
Seattle’s ground game has been much more inconsistent. Because of injuries to starting running back Chris Carson, the current rushing leader of the Seahawks is actually Russell Wilson. The team may still average 117.2 ground yards (12th) per game, but in their 4 games without Carson, the average falls to 109 ground yards per game. It sounds insignificant, but it would give them the 19th best rushing offense, below average in the league. The Seahawks will look forward to Carson’s second game back from injury on Sunday against the Giants. Against the Eagles last week, he carried the ball just 8 times but for 41 yards and a touchdown. It was his best game in terms of yards per rush all season. He is facing a tough Giants run defense that allows just 95.4 rushing yards per game (5th), but Carson is talented enough to win the battle in the trenches.
This preview would be incomplete without the mention of Seattle’s kicker, Jason Myers. In his sixth NFL season, he is having a career year. The California native is one of just 5 players to be perfect kicking field goals on the season. Among that group, no one has kicked more than Myers’ two successful 50+ yard attempts. Being on the team’s 3rd most touchdown scoring offense, however, has its downsides. In his 40 extra point attempts (3rd in the league), he has missed 2. But Giants fans should not expect or even realistically hope for a missed PAT in this upcoming game. He is a fantastic kicker who should be in the pro bowl.
The defense of Seattle has lacked this year. They allow 27.6 points (26th) and an atrocious 418.1 yards (32nd) per game. No team in the NFL allows opposing offenses to travel down the field more than the Seahawks. It should be noted, however, that Seattle somehow still has a top 3 rushing defense in the league. Allowing just 89.3 rushing yards (3rd) per game, the talented defensive line of this team is not their weak point. It is disastrous, but much more important, pass defense of Seattle that hurts their averages. No team in the league allows more than the Seahawks’ 328.8 yards in the air (32nd) per game. In-fact the next worst passing defense, Atlanta, allows over 30 yards fewer per game. Despite talented and well-known players like Jamal Adams, Shaquill Griffin, and Tre Flowers, the Seattle secondary’s season has been nothing short of a disaster. They may get bailed out by playing a backup quarterback if Daniels Jones has to miss this week due to his hamstring injury, but their performances so far will not play out well in the postseason.
The 2020 Seattle Seahawks resemble a much different team than years prior. What was a secondary powerhouse, and the unstoppable run game has turned into a pass-heavy offense with the worst passing defense in the league? But similar to the mid-2010s, Seattle is a top contender in the league. Their offense is putting enough points on the board to make up for where their defense lacks. Against a Giants team without a fully healthy quarterback, the Seahawks may have just enough to win this game.
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New York Giants Analysis
Four weeks ago, the New York Giants were sitting at the bottom of a terrible NFC East division with a poor 1-7 record. Against divisional opponents, they were just 1-2. Giants’ fans were seeing too much of the same. They knew it’s their fourth consecutive year they held a losing record through the first half of the season. Despite coaching changes, solid draft picks, and the development of Daniel Jones, results did not change for the team. Calls for a playoff push were only murmured among the most fanatic supporters of the team.
But then they won a game. And then another one. And last Sunday, they came off their bye week to defeat the Bengals 19-17 and complete their first 3 game win streak since 2016. The win rocketed the Giants to the top of the NFC East with a tiebreaker over the shared record 4-7 Washington Football Team. For the first time all season, the Giants control their own destiny.
But the Giants face a series of challenges. In the 3rd quarter of their Bengals game, Daniel Jones limped off the field with a hamstring injury. Backup Colt McCoy took the field and did as well as expected. His first throw was a behind the line of scrimmage check-down to Wayne Gallman for a 9-yard loss. His second throw should have been intercepted but was dropped by Akeem Davis-Gaither. The Giants then sent out the field goal unit to kick from just outside the RedZone.
Daniel Jones attempted a few more snaps on the Giants’ next drive but to no fruition. He awkwardly hobbled around in the pocket and was unable to drive the ball with his legs. Like McCoy, he threw a pass that was almost intercepted and subsequently subbed himself off the field. Colt McCoy finished the rest of the game. His final stat line came out to be 6 on 10 passing for 31 yards. No touchdown. Not interceptions. It wasn’t great and much worse to watch than to read on a stat sheet, but it was enough for the Giants to escape Cincinnati with a win. It’s unclear whether Jones will be healthy enough to return this Sunday, but Giants fans can rest easier knowing their backup earned some in-game experience this year before a potential season debut as the starter.
Jones or not at quarterback, the Giants will have a tough challenge on the road beating the Seahawks. New York is facing an offensive-scoring machine with an MVP candidate at quarterback, the NFL’s leading receiver, and a return of their starting running back, Chris Carson. The Giants will likely also be forced to run the ball more if Colt McCoy gets the start, which will be a problem against the strong Seattle rushing defense. Head coach Joe Judge should not be sleeping much on his long flight out west.
But the Giants have plenty to be optimistic about for this game. The emergence of Wayne Gallman has made this offense remain a legitimate rushing threat despite Saquon Barkley’s injury. Last week he became the first Giant to score a rushing touchdown in 5 consecutive games since Andre Brown in 2013. The Giants as a team are also now on a 6 game streak of rushing for over 100 yards. Even if New York is without Daniel Jones as a rushing threat, Joe Judge has made it clear Colt McCoy will be used as a run option. The team’s 113.4 ground yards (15th) per game ranks just above average in the league. If Seattle’s defense can’t stop Gallman on Sunday, they will be in serious trouble.
Colt McCoy will also have some reliable targets to pass to as well. Second-year receiver Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard while he’s been healthy, and Golden Tate has played well for Daniel Jones this year. Since the offensive scheme is not oriented towards one specific player, all the Giants receivers see about an even portion of the football. Tate lags behind just slightly with 34 receiving yards per game, but Shepard, Slayton, and tight end Evan Engram all see just around 50 receiving yards per game. But that was untrue last week when Engram carried targeting shares and tallied 6 receptions for 129 yards. The tight end has been controversial this year. He dropped a game-sealing catch against Philipedlphia that eventually resulted in a loss. He fumbled against Cincinnati last week in Bengals’ territory, eventually costing his team a field goal. But he has made big plays. In the same game, he caught a clutch 44-yard pass from Jones on third down that eventually gave his team 3 more points. For these reasons, Engram has a love/hate relationship with Giants fans. They love him when he has a big play; they hate him when he doesn’t. Unfortunately for Engram, he has plenty of both. NFL fans should watch to see which Engram we see this Sunday or a mixture of both.
The Giants’ 19.5 points (30th) and 313.8 yards (29th) per game are not really demonstrative of well this offense plays, especially in recent games. In their past 7 matchups, New York is averaging 23.9 points per game. That includes 27 points just a couple of weeks ago against a top 10 ranked Eagles defense in yards allowed per game. They seem to just play well enough to stay in games, with 8 of their 10 games having been decided by one possession. Against a poor Seattle defense this weekend, I like New York’s odds of boosting their averages.
New York can also feel good about having a much better defense than Seattle. In his first season with the team, defensive coordinator Patrick Graham has brought New York back a threatening defense for opponents. His squad allows just 340.1 yards (10th) and 23 points (9th) per game, both ranking in the top 10. The strength of this defense is in its elite run-stop ability. Allowing just 95.4 ground yards per game, they rank 5th in the league. The passing defense is not so elite. Their 244.7 passing yards conceded per game ranks 19th in the league. But the Giants still force stops. Opposing teams score touchdowns just 55.26% of the time when in the RedZone against them, 7th best in the league. They also cause plenty of turnovers. Their 18 takeaways this season ranks tied for 4th best in the league, evenly split between 9 fumble recoveries and 9 interceptions. This includes Leonard Williams’s game-sealing fumble recovery against Brandon Allen against the Bengals last Sunday. Whatever way you look at it, this defense will be one of the toughest Wilson faces all season.
I consider the New York Giants, a fake bad team. Their record of 4-7 is not reflective of how this team has played this year. 5 of the Giants’ 7 losses have been decided by one possession. That includes 4, of which decided by 4 or less. New York doesn’t always lose games, but when they do, it’s by very close margins. Excluding their blowout loss to the 49ers, their only blowout loss of the year, New York’s average scoring margin is -1.2. But if there were a single, measurable statistic that showed how underrated this team is, it’s their record against the spread as underdogs: 7-2. They consistently perform better than expected when facing tough opponents. It’s at the cornerstone of this team. Maybe there is a consensus that this will be a blowout win for Seattle, but I don’t subscribe to it. I think NFL fans should strap in for a close game in a usual battle for first place in each team’s division.
New York Giants Depth Chart
Betting Corner: Seattle Seahawks -10
Spread: -10 Seattle Seahawks
Moneyline: -500 Seattle Seahawks, +400 New York Giants
Spread: +10 New York Giants
Moneyline: +400 New York Giants
I genuinely believe this game will be closer than the spread indicates. The New York Giants have managed to keep all but two of their games one possession, despite their 4-7 records. A spread of 10 points in this one seems exaggerated in my view. The Seahawks also only beat a collapsing Eagles team by 13, a matchup that the Giants also won by 10 points. Like I mentioned in this preview, the Giants are incredibly 7-2 against the spread as underdogs, so don’t be surprised if they keep this one a close game as well. If you have even more confidence in the Giants, bet a bit on the Moneyline with those +400 tempting odds.
Betting the over in this one should be an easy bet. The Seahawks have a strong offense, and the Giants can take advantage of the worst secondary in the league. At just 46.5 points, these two teams should cover the bet and then some.
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Daily Fantasy Love/Hate
Love: Wayne Gallman
Wayne Gallman has proven he is a trust-worthy RB1 in all fantasy leagues. In his past 5 games, he is averaging 58.6 rushing yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game. He is consistent too, and his 5 game touchdown streak has helped him score over 13 fantasy points in each of his past 5 starts. Seattle’s rushing defense is good, but their secondary is poor enough to let opposing offenses reach the endzone for plenty of rushing score. In fact, only a handful of teams allow their opponents’ to reach the endzone more than Seattle with their awful 3.9 allowed trips (26th) per game. It’s clear why they allow 1.4 rushing touchdowns (27th) per game, also one of the worst marks in the league. Gallman is in a great position to keep his momentum going.
Hate: Colt McCoy (if he starts)
Colt McCoy did not play well in his closer against the Bengals last weekend. He wasn’t unable to move the ball very far and almost threw an interception. I understand he’s facing the league’s worst secondary, but they’re still far better than the practice squads he’s used to playing. I know in daily fantasy he may be considered a value pick this Sunday, but I think the likelihood of a dud fantasy game is too high. Look for someone else to start at quarterback.