The New York Giants (5-8) are playing this weekend basically to try and salvage some measure of respect. The Seattle Seahawks (11-2) invade MetLife Stadium Sunday shooting for the best record in the NFC and the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs that comes with it.
It's no wonder that oddsmakers list the Seahawks as a touchdown favorite to ensure the Giants' first losing season since they went 6-10 in Tom Coughlin's first year as head coach.
"You obviously go as hard as you can each week and then you assess the season when the season is over, so each one of these games is a critical game for us," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "It's a critical game for our team, for our franchise, for all of us and so we certainly will throw everything we have into these individual games and then we'll assess the entire season when the time comes."
How weird is it for the Giants to be out of the playoff chase with three games still to play? Weird enough that wide receiver Victor Cruz said this week that he would actually consider beating Seattle "disappointing."
"Obviously it would put a smile on our faces and understand that this is something that we could have done all year with doing the right things. If we beat that team, it would kind of make it more disappointing because we didn't take advantage of playing like this all year long, from an entire team perspective.," Cruz said. "Obviously it would just put a smile on our face and have us know that when we play at our best, we can beat any team in the league."
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is 213-of-330 passing (64.5 percent) with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Marshawn Lynch has 1,042 yards rushing. Lynch, sixth in the NFL in rushing, will be the ninth of the league's top 10 running backs faced by the Giants this season. The only one the Giants won't face is Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers.
Defensively, Seattle is ranked No. 1 in yards allowed (287.1 per game) and No. 2 in points allowed (15.8 per game).
The Giants do, indeed, face a difficult task this week.
Game Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
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