TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Weather: High 41, Low 22
Line: Seattle (-7)
Thought of as the best team in the NFL this season, the Seattle Seahawks seem like everyone’s favorite to truck through the NFC in the playoffs and take the next step, appearing in this year’s Super Bowl. Seattle has one of the best young quarterbacks in the league in Russell Wilson who has led this team to perfection since he took over a season ago, passing for 2,871 yards and 22 touchdowns on the season. Don’t forget Wilson’s elusiveness as he has also rushed for 458 yards and a score. Golden Tate has been Wilson’s favorite wide out, catching 52 passes for 710 yards and four touchdowns while Doug Baldwin is close behind with 43 catches for 699 yards and four touchdowns. Marshawn Lynch leads the third-best rushing attack in the league with 1,042 yards and 10 touchdowns.
On the other side of things, the 2013 season has been as disappointing for the New York Giants as possible. Although they have won five games after an 0-6 start to the year, they are still one of those teams that you just can’t wrap your head around as to why they have been struggling so badly. Eli Manning has been having one of the worst seasons of his career, passing for 3,254 yards and 16 touchdowns to go along with an unbelievable 20 interceptions. Victor Cruz leads all wide outs with 71 catches for 973 yards and four touchdowns on the year. Hakeem Nicks has caught 49 passes for 789 yards, but has struggled to get into the endzone this season as he has yet to record a touchdown. Andre Brown has stepped up in the run games, rushing for 424 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Seattle is one of the best teams in the NFL. In fact, they might just be the best, ranking first in both total yards and passing yards allowed while ranking second in points allowed and 14th in rushing yards allowed per contest. New York ranks 10th in total yards allowed per game as well as 11th in rushing yards allowed, but the Giants have struggled a bit against the pass, ranking 15th in passing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 31, Giants 17
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