Week 5 Preview: Seattle at New York Giants

Jacobs leads New York
It’s back to work for the champion Giants as they get set for their fourth game of the 08 season Sunday, playing host to the NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks at the Meadowlands. The Giants are 3-0, atop the tough NFC East after the Redskins upset the Cowboys last Sunday 26-24. The Seahawks, who are just trying to get healthy, are 1-2, but feel a lot better after a 37-13 win in week three.

New York is a good home team, this despite being taken to OT by the Bengals in week three. Eli Manning is playing well, and has thrown for 765 yards and four TD’s. He made a big throw to Amani Toomer in OT of that Benglas game that got the team in position to win. The team will be without leading WR Plaxico Burress, who is suspended for the game for breaking team rules.

Burress has caught 18 passes for 259 yards and one score. Look for more from Toomer, who has 13 catches and possibly Steve Smith, who has 11 grabs for 94 yards. The running game led by Brandon Jacobs will try and attack the line of the Hawks, who have allowed just 88 yards per game on the ground in the first three games.

The Giants offense is putting up 400 yards per game, and it will be up to the Hawks D to try and stop them. Look for them to pressure Manning and try and force some turnovers. It’s not going to be easy, as Eli has handled the ball well thus far through three games. The secondary of the Hawks is allowing 226.3 yards per game.

Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for 551 yards and two scores, but may have good news coming, as his wide outs are getting ready to take the field. Bobby Engram and Deion Branch may both be back, which will be the first time this year they have been able to take the field. Look for them to be rusty, but they will help the passing game, which has been somewhat lost with receivers shuffling in and out.

Julius Jones has run for 312 yards, and they will use him to soften up the Giants D in order to be able to put the west coast offense in full effect. The Giants front line will look to stop the run first, then pressure Hasselbeck. The Hawks O-line is going to have their hands full, and New York should be able to force mistakes from the Seattle D.

This game should come down to the Giants being able to find holes in the Seattle secondary, and their front line controlling the Hawks west coast offense. Look for New York to keep being the best team no one is talking about, as they should be able to get their fourth win against no losses, dropping the Hawks to 1-3.

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