Do you believe in trap games? I don't. I don't believe that sometimes teams just fall asleep and lose to a team that shouldn't have any chance to beat them. The concept of “trap games” is a nice story but, more often then not if a team loses a game it wasn't suppose to there was a reason.
Please don't say the Giants are in a trap game situation this week.
This Giants team is playing great football but they are far from perfect. They've had issues running the ball and in the secondary. Returning from a concussion Mario Manningham looked totally lost (and was benched) against the Cardinals and defensive MVP Justin Tuck will miss this game with a neck and groin injury.
Meanwhile the Seahawks are better then you think. Tarvaris Jackson has been far from the absolute train wreck many expected. Coming back from injury Sidney Rice reminded us just how good he. It also might shock you to find out that the Seahawks have the fifth best run defense in the NFL (by Football Outsiders DAVE metric.)
If the Giants lose don't call it a trap game.
Here are the key matchups for Sunday's Seahawks/Giants game:
Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham...Do Work
While the Seahawks run defense is better then advertised their pass defense might be worse. Ranked 30th by the same DAVE metric. Brandon Browner has been getting picked on all season and the Seahawks might be without number one corner Marcus Trufant who is questionable this week. If there's ever a game for Mario Manningham to get right this is it.
So Tarvaris Jackson, Sidney Rice and Cory Webster Walk Into A Bar...
As alluded to in the introduction T-Jax has been sneaky efficient this year. He's got an 80 QB rating and completing 60% of his passes. Last Sunday, against an Atlanta team many thought was super bowl caliber entering this season, he completed 66% percent of his passed for 319 yards (QB rating of 96.3) Jackson just got his best offensive play maker back in the form of Sidney Rice. In just two games Rice has 11 catches for 188 yards and one TD.
With Aaron Ross likely guarding Doug Baldwin (with Mike Williams out for the game) Webster will draw the responsibility of stopping Rice. The Giants have been middle of the pack against #1 receivers this year allowing 84 yards per game.
Aaron Curry Where Have You Gone?
Aaron Curry was the 4th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. Linebackers don't usually go that high but Curry was labeled as a “can't miss prospect.” The truth is can't miss prospects don't exist. Curry has gone from potential pro-bowler to high priced back up. Yikes.
Sidney Rice makes a few highlight reel plays, the Giants are unable to run the ball but Manningham, Cruz and Nicks all come up big. Giants win a close game and people talk about how they were looking past the Seahawks.
Giants 23 Seahawks 20
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