The 5-8 New York Giants were eliminated from playoff contention after suffering 37-14 beat down at the hands of the San Diego Chargers. Eli Manning remained winless (0-3) against the team that drafted him in 2004. Manning was relentlessly booed throughout the game as New York’s offense failed to convert several scoring opportunities into seven points. Manning will not have to deal with the boo birds this weekend as his Giants host the 11-2 Seattle Seahawks. The Seattle Seahawks, who are currently the NFC’s top overall seed, are coming off a hard fought 19-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants have a tendency to ‘play-up’ to their opponents and Sunday afternoon should not be any different. “We’ll be motivated because of the nature of the team that’s coming in here,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said on a conference call Monday. “We’ll be excited to play against the Seahawks. We try to be excited and motivated for every team. We didn’t play well yesterday, but that’s not going to change the way we play each game. And yes, we are excited to host a tremendous Seahawk team. It’s a tremendous gauge for our team and any team to play against a team with the kind of record and which has accomplished the things the Seahawks have.”
Seattle will try to clinch the coveted home field playoff advantage with a win on Sunday. Seattle hasn’t lost a home game in two season, so home field throughout the NFC playoffs will give the Seahawks a sizable advantage. Even playing away from home, many believe Seattle is a superior team. As of Monday night evening, current NFL betting lines have Seattle installed as a 7-point favorite. The game’s over/under currently sits at 41 points, which is one of the smallest Week 15 totals.
Beating Seattle is a tall order for any team. Seattle isn’t a great road team, but a very deep and talented roster makes them a tough opponent for any team. Over the last few years, the Giants would come out and win these big games. However, with their season essentially over, it may be hard for the Giants to match Seattle’s intensity. Add in Seattle’s desire to return to New Jersey for the Super Bowl and this has the makings of a statement win for Seattle.
Prediction: Seattle 24 New York 14