by Inside the Redzone staff – Michael Taylor
Seattle Seahawks (1-3) at New York Giants (3-1)
Gametime: 1:00pm Eastern Sunday
You’ve probably know about the difficulties west coast teams have when travelling east. There’s nothing about this matchup that will buck that trend. The Giants have a balanced attack that will wear Seattle’s defense down, and their defense will create major problems for the Seahawks’ offense.
For the Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs (if active) are great plays. Bradshaw eats up yards on big plays outside the red zone, but expect Jacobs to be the primary red zone threat. Remember Jacobs’ 20 yard rumble in Week 2 against the Rams? Look for another score similar to that run.
As for receiving threats, Hakeem Nicks returns for a favorable matchup, even though the Seahawks have only given up two receiving touchdowns. Number 1 receivers have had some good days against Seattle’s secondary (126 yards for Mike Wallace, 127 for Julio Jones). We expect Nicks to score a touchdown from a back-shoulder pass. Don’t be surprised if Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz have good days as well. We’ll give Victor Cruz a score since he’s been playing well as of late.
Touchdowns – Brandon Jacobs (if active), Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz
UPDATE: Brandon Jacobs did not practice Friday. We are changing our projection from a Brandon Jacobs score to an Ahmad Bradshaw score.
The Seahawks are expected to have a long afternoon. If you saw their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, you know how tough they had it against a good pass rush. Their short passing game was somewhat successful, but with the addition of Sidney Rice they have a legitimate deep threat and red-zone option. We think this is a game-changer especially if Seattle falls behind early. We expect a couple jump-ball chances that will lead to a score for Rice. Don’t expect much from the Seahawks’ running game, which ranks 31st in the league. However, if they get in close Marshawn Lynch will be the guy. We expect a rushing touchdown from him as well.
Touchdowns – Sidney Rice, Marshawn Lynch