To have faith or not to have faith. That is the question before the Big Blue View staff today as the New York Giants face the Seattle Seahawks. Let’s see who, if anyone, believes the Giants can win a second straight game.
The Giants finally did what I asked of them. They fed Evan Engram and leaned on the run game, and more importantly, showed that they can play a complete game with poise and discipline in offense, defense, and special teams. By my own rules that means that I'm free to pick them to win again.
But I'm not going to. I want to see them do it again, to prove that it wasn't a one-off.
The Giants do have match-ups they can exploit, most notably along the Seahawks' offensive line. But there is a significant difference between Trevor Siemian and Russell Wilson. Even with a suspect offensive line, Wilson's mobility will stress the Giants' ability to play with discipline in defense, and that could be a deciding factor. I do think the Giants can get the upset at home and go into their bye week with some momentum, I'm just not going to predict it.
Final score: Seattle 24, Giants 21
The Seahawks have not yet played up to their full potential this season and neither have the Giants. I think this game will come down to one possession but the healthier roster usually wins.
Final score: Seahawks 31 Giants 24
A win against the Broncos was surprising and welcome, but it’s hard to imagine the Giants make it back-to-back wins. With a 4:25 p.m. start, the Giants don’t even get the advantage of the west coast team playing an early east coast game. The Seahawks have yet to turn on the dominant switch -- they’re only 13th in DVOA -- but they’re starting to figure things out on both sides of the ball. They’ve also had an extra week to prepare for this game.
It’s pretty easy to see Seattle is the better team heading into this game, and as nice as that one win was, it stays that way heading into the bye.
Final score: Seahawks 24, Giants 17
I’m going to end up sounding a bit like Chris here. I think this is a game the Giants can win, and very well might win. One victory, though, isn’t enough for me to predict that they will win on Sunday.
There were a lot of good things about last Sunday’s victory over the Denver Broncos. A better running game, and more commitment to it. No turnovers. Quality defense that included creating some turnovers, and scoring some points. Good special teams play.
There was also some bad. Only two receptions for wide receivers. Just 12 first downs. One touchdown and 16 points from the offense. Only 128 passing yards.
I need to see both if the formula is sustainable, and if the Giants can actually continue to execute it.
Final score: Seattle 24, Giants 20