The team that sports the best record in the league may not have to travel for the remainder of the season as the Seattle Seahawks (11-2) travel east to take on the NY Giants (5-8) at frigid Metlife Stadium. Seattle has already clinched a playoff spot but San Francisco made the Seahawks wait at least one more week to capture the NFC West crown. The 49ers snapped Seattle's 7 game winning streak thanks to a 19-17 win, however the Seahawks have a chance to redeem themselves if they can defeat big blue with aspirations down the road of playing for it all here once again in February.
The Seahawks, who have won 14 consecutive home games, are playing their final road game before hosting Arizona and St. Louis to close the regular season. They would clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win Sunday along with the 49ers losing and New Orleans falling at St. Louis. Led by Russell Wilson (213/330 2871 23 TD 7 INT) who was also drafted by the Texas Rangers in the MLB Rule 5 draft, Seattle possesses a methodical but effective mix in the air and ground game. Also dangerous with his feet (81-458 5.7 1 TD) Wilson has thrown 4 TD passes this season to 4 different receivers. Golden Tate (52-710 4 TD) has not seen the end zone in a month and could face a ton of coverage from Giants CB Prince Akamura in week 15. Doug Baldwin (43-699 4 TD) was held in check against San Francisco but could see more action despite nursing a neck injury. Marshawn Lynch (244-1042 4.3 4 TD) ran for 72 yards last week and may get more touches with the swirling winds predicted this afternoon combined with big blue's vulnerability against the run as of late yielding nearly 400 yards over the last 3 games.
While the Giants already know they will not be participating as the hosts for Super Bowl XLIX, they can blame turnovers and inefficiency from their offense as their 34 giveaways are the most in the league and has lost 7 of 8 games when committing more than one mistake. It has been a nightmarish season for Eli Manning (266/454 3254 16 TD 20 INT) who is performing reminiscent to his rookie campaign. He'll have to be on top of his game against the league's second ranked scoring defense only behind Carolina if big blue has any pride remaining. Victor Cruz (71-973 4 TD) hasn't scored a TD in nearly 2.5 months and has surpassed 100 yards just once over that span. Hakeem Nicks (49-789) is still looking for his first score of the season, however Ruben Randle (37-571 6 TD) has been one of the few bright spots as of late. The Giants running game has been a major disappointment dealing with inefficiency and injuries. Andre Brown (99-424 4.3 3 TD) did rush for 96 yards against San Diego last week, but took a back seat to Peyton Hillis (53-183 3.5 2 TD) when it came to goal line and red zone scenarios.
New York's season has been awful and it will only get worse when the Seahawks roll into town and put a lot of points on the board even in the potential nasty weather; the Hawks are used to it in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle gets back on track this week and proves why they are the best team in the NFL. Seattle's D holds together even with backups on the field they are deeper than most teams and do not seem to miss a beat.