The Seahawks start a two-game road trip this week as they travel to MetLife to take on the New York Giants. Get the Seahawks vs. Giants preview featuring predictions, odds, depth charts, injuries, and best bets.
Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants Preview & Prediction
Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants Prediction & Best Bet: Seahawks ML
Seattle enters this game with momentum on their side as they are on a two-game winning streak that includes a win over a talented Lions team. Last week, the offense was firing on all cylinders as they defeated the Carolina Panthers in their second straight 37-point outing of the year. This offense is averaging 29 points per game (4th) and Geno Smith, Kenneth Walker, and DK Metcalf are now playing consistently well following a bad Week 1 performance. However, that is not all that surprising.
What is surprising however, is the emergence of a quality Seahawks run defense. What was once the very reason for losing to Carolina last year, held that same team to 44 yards on the ground last week. The front seven is allowing a mere 2.9 yards per rush (3rd) and just 79.3 rushing yards per game (7th). For context, last season, the Seahawks allowed 4.9 yards per rush and (26th) and 150.2 rushing yards per game (30th), so huge improvement there. Pending the status of Saquon Barkley, they could have their toughest test yet this week.
On the Giants side of things, nothing looks great. The team currently has a -55 point differential, second to just the Chicago Bears. Offensively, there is a huge problem with the offensive line, which is currently averaging four sacks per game and is on their fourth starting configuration in as many games. Some key injuries to starting linemen Andrew Thomas, Ben Bredeson, and Evan Neil, are not helping their case.
Defensively, the Giants have yet to take advantage of offensive breakdowns that they faced in their first three games, something they’ll need to change this week if they don’t want to drop to 1-3. They have forced zero turnovers, recorded just two sacks, and have struggled to contain the run game through their first three games. They also have the third-most missed tackles (31) and third-lowest QB pressure rate (16.7%).
If Barkley is healthy, I could be convinced otherwise but for now, I’m giving the Seahawks the edge as they’re playing better on both sides of the ball. It’s also worth noting that the Giants are 1-11 in primetime games with Daniel Jones as the quarterback. Take the Seahawks to win outright.
Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants Betting Odds
SEA @ NYG
Oct. 02, 7:15 PM
Odds updated October 2nd, 2023, at 10:12 pm
This line has seen significant movement that turned the Hawks from 1.5-point road favorites to 0.5 to 1.5-point road underdogs. It’s somewhat surprising to see the Seahawks as “underdogs” given where each team is at right now, though some sportsbooks do have this game as a pick ‘em. The over/under is between 47 and 47.5 points depending on the sportsbook.
The biggest question heading into this game is the status surrounding Saquon Barkley. As of Thursday, he was doing individual drills at practice and is still listed as questionable. There are still questions about the health of the Giants offensive line as well, specifically regarding Andrew Thomas, Ben Bredeson, and Evan Neil.
In Seattle, Jamal Adams will finally return for his first game since the season opener last year, which will be a big boost for this secondary. However, the defense took some big hits in their Week 3 game that saw LB Darrell Taylor, DE Dre’Mont Jones, and DT Tre Brown all leave with various injuries. They are all listed as questionable.
Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants Key Matchups
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Kenneth Walker vs. Giants Run Defense
Last week, Kenneth Walker dashed for over 150 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. Walker can definitely cause issues for a Giants defense that has the highest opponent rush percentage (50.72%) and fourth-most opponent rush yards (138).
The Giants defense has consistently struggled to contain RB1’s through their first three games: James Conner ran for 106 yards and a touchdown, Christian McCaffrey ran for 85 yards and a touchdown, and Tony Pollard ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
It’s not a question of whether Pete Carroll and the running back room will test this group, because they will. It’s a matter of how this unit responds.
Giants O-Line vs. Seahawks Pass Rush
The offensive line woes continue in New York. They’ve attempted to help some of these problems by using six or more pass-blockers throughout the last three games. Still, Daniel Jones is pressured 25% of the time per dropback, and has been forced to scramble 13 times in three games (second most).
It’s been a long time since Seattle has had a reputable pass rush, but Week 3 showed promise on that front. The Hawks sacked Andy Dalton three times and added 10 QB pressures – NT Jarran Reed was the front man, recording 1.5 sacks and three QB hits on his own. DT Mario Edwards added five QB pressures himself, which was tied for the third-most among all defenders in Week 3 and the most by an interior defensive linemen.
It will be interesting to see if last week was just a one-off or if this is the start of something new in Seattle, but this would be the week to keep the streak going.