The New York Giants’ Week 6 upset victory left Cleveland and San Francisco as the only two winless teams left in the NFL. Could the Giants pull another surprise this Sunday against visiting Seattle? The Seahawks are nearly touchdown favourites on the Week 7 NFL odds board.
Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants
When: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium
Point Spread: Seahawks -6
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Seattle has won the past three against New York, but haven’t met since Week 10 of the 2014 season, a 38-17 Seahawks home rout. Marshawn Lynch was still with Seattle then (now with Oakland after a year in retirement) and rushed for a career-high four TDs. Russell Wilson was held to 172 yards passing and picked off twice but rushed for 107 yards and a TD. Eli Manning threw for 283 yards and a score in a losing effort. The favourite has covered five of the past six in the series. Early betting sees Seattle taking a mammoth lean on the spread.
The Seahawks are a half-game behind the L.A. Rams (4-2) in the NFC West, but Seattle remains the -275 favourite there. The Giants won’t be returning to the playoffs barring perhaps the greatest in-season turnaround in NFL history. They are last in the NFC East and already four games behind the first-place Eagles.
The Seahawks (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS) come off their bye week – they have won three of their past four following a bye (2-2 ATS). Seattle took a hard-fought 16-10 victory at the Rams in Week 5. The offense has been very inconsistent with a below-average line; Seattle has been held to 16 points or fewer in three games. The team has no one to blame but itself for the problems on the O-Line as Seattle fielded the NFL’s least expensive offensive line last season and is 31st in spending there this year. Wilson was the NFL’s most pressured QB in 2016 and is among the leaders again. Injury-wise, defensive end Cliff Avril is out indefinitely and his career could be over due to a spinal injury. Defensive tackle Michael Bennett is in question this week with a plantar fascia injury. Left guard Luke Joeckel is likely out following minor knee surgery, but on the bright side running back C.J. Prosise should be back from his ankle issue.
New York Giants
Survivor pools everywhere were ruined by the Giants (1-5 SU, 3-3 ATS) on Sunday night. They visited a Denver team coming off its bye with New York a nearly two-touchdown underdog but pulled off a 23-10 stunner for its first win of 2017 and to temporarily take some heat off embattled coach Ben McAdoo. Manning was without his top three receivers in the game as Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are done for the year and Sterling Shepard was out with an ankle injury (he could play vs. Seattle). Manning only threw for 128 yards against one of the NFL’s best defenses, but Orleans Darkwa stepped up with 117 yards rushing against what was the No. 1 rushing defense. McAdoo had been calling the offensive plays but relinquished that duty to coordinator Mike Sullivan. The team was much more run-oriented under Sullivan. New York’s defense forced three turnovers, returning one Trevor Siemian pass for a 43-yard touchdown.
Seahawks vs. Giants Prediction
This should be one of the lowest-scoring Week 7 games: Seahawks 20, Giants 13.