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The New York Giants are usually thought of as a defensive-minded club. The crushing defensive line was a huge reason the boys in blue overcame the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. But something about the Seattle Seahawks must inspire Eli Manning and the offensive. They’ve put up 85 points in the last two meetings between the teams. I don’t seem anything changing in this week’s matchup at MetLife Stadium.
Eli Manning caused a stir this preseason when he named himself in the same class as Tom Brady and other elite quarterbacks. Numerous pundits bashed Manning for being so presumptuous. Now he’s putting up the numbers to back up the claim. He has the third best QB rating in the league (105.6) and is throwing far fewer interceptions than he did a year ago (two in 2011, six at this time in in 2010). Maybe it’s the fact that the Peyton-sized shadow has been lifted, but Eli is playing like a man on a mission.
Running back Brandon Jacobs will not be starting this week so the Giants need Manning to step up and have another great game. He’s been stellar even with a depleted receiving corps.
This season we’ve seen Victor Cruz jump on the opportunity opened by the many injuries suffered by the Giants this season. Against the Seahawks, DJ Ware will get a similar opportunity. Ware also faced off against Seattle last year, taking 13 carries for 66 yards. Even with a rush defense like Seattle’s, Ware could wind up playing a huge role in this week’s game.
The Giants are back in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium for the first time since Week 2. They’d better get comfortable with that stadium because they’ll play eight of their final 12 games there (including an “away” game in the stadium against the Jets).
They should dispose of the Seattle Seahawks without much trouble in this week’s matchup.