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WEEK 15 SD at DEN (THU) CIN at PIT NE at MIA SEA at NYG
ARI at TEN GB at DAL NO at STL SF at TB
BUF at JAC HOU at IND NYJ at CAR WAS at ATL
*UPDATED CHI at CLE KC at OAK PHI at MIN BAL at DET (MON)

Prediction: SEA 27, NYG 13 (Line: SEA by 7)

The Seahawks come off a loss but still have clinched at least a wild card and have a one game lead over the Saints for the #1 seed. Seattle is only 5-2 on the road but the Giants are only 3-3 at home and still struggling on offense.

1 @CAR 12-7 10 @ATL 33-10
2 SF 29-3 11 MIN 41-20
3 JAC 45-17 12 BYE WEEK
4 @HOU 23-20 13 NO 34-7
5 @IND 28-34 14 @SF 17-19
6 TEN 20-13 15 @NYG -
7 @ARI 34-22 16 ARI -
8 @STL 14-9 17 STL -
9 TB 27-24 ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
SEA @ NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Russell Wilson 20 220,1
RB Marshawn Lynch 80,1 1-10
WR Doug Baldwin 5-70
TE Zach Miller 3-20,1
PK Steven Hauschka 2 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: Since the Seahawks already beat the Saints, they only need to tie with them in order to win the #1 seed and homefield throughout the playoffs. That means barring a Saints loss, the Seahawks have to play in earnest at least until week 17. This week will be the toughest game as the final road venue before mowing down divisional foes of the Cardinals and Rams.

QUARTERBACKS: Russell Wilson is on an eight game scoring streak but he typically doesn't get high yardage and multiple scores unless they are needed to win or the opponent is just that bad on defense. He is a reasonably safe bet for two scores and moderate yardage unless against a great defense.

RUNNING BACKS: Marshawn Lynch has been good. He scored 12 times this year. But he's almost never great. Lynch has just three games with over 100 rushing yards and four times turned in 70 or fewer yards with no scores. He remains a must start running back but this is the same runner who topped 100 yards 11 different times in 2012.

WIDE RECEIVERS: There are no stars here and Percy Harvin cannot even get onto the playing field. He may not play until the playoffs and is week to week. Golden Tate usually ends up around 50 yards per game and scored only four times this year. Doug Baldwin also has four scores but three of those came over the last five games and he's more likely to hit around 70 yards per week. But Baldwin has never scored in a road game. These are marginal receivers who show up occasionally but never consistently.

TIGHT ENDS: The rookie Luke Willson scored last week for the first time but he has never been a factor in any other game. Zach Miller scored four times this year but rarely has much yardage and scored just one touchdown in the last five weeks.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Giants are playing better defense but the cast of quarterbacks that have visited there are among the worst in the league. Eight different quarterbacks threw multiple scores on this defense so figure Wilson for at least one if not two. The Giants are only average against the run but Lynch has not been an elite runner lately. Lynch is the only attractive start here. This is likely to be less high scoring.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 5 12 16 22 2 5
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 17 10 8 25 18 32

 

1 @DAL 31-36 10 OAK 24-20
2 DEN 23-41 11 GB 27-13
3 @CAR 0-38 12 DAL 21-24
4 @KC 7-31 13 @WAS 24-17
5 PHI 21-36 14 @SD 14-37
6 @CHI 21-27 15 SEA -
7 MIN 23-7 16 @DET -
8 @PHI 15-7 -17 WAS -
9 BYE WEEK ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
NYG vs SEA Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning 200,1
RB Rashad Jennings 70,1 2-20
WR Victor Cruz 3-40
WR Rueben Randle 3-40
PK Josh Brown 2 FG 1 XP

Pregame Notes: The Giants catch no breaks ending the year with this game and then a trip to Detroit before finally getting to beat the visiting Redskins. Eli Manning has wrestled back the lead in interceptions away from Geno Smith which says many things and none of them good. This will be the best defense to face the Giants since the Chiefs held them to only seven points.

QUARTERBACKS: Hard to imagine that a two-time Super Bowl MVP only passed for 12 touchdowns over the last 12 games but had 17 interceptions in that time. Eli Manning threw for more than one score only three times all year and just once over the last eight games.

RUNNING BACKS: Andre Brown has been mostly good since returning in week 10 and scored three times. His three home games included 115 yards versus the Raiders and 127 yards against the Cowboys but he's managed to play all five games without ever facing a top ten rushing defense.

WIDE RECEIVERS: This was one of the better trios in the NFL but this year has seen each turn in bad seasons. Victor Cruz hasn't scored since week four and only once topped 100 yards in the last last nine games. Rueben Randle enjoyed mid-season when he was scoring with minimal yardage but the last three weeks the touchdowns have been missing. Hakeem Nicks still never scored this year and his three 100 yard efforts are balanced with three other games featuring fewer than 35 yards.

TIGHT ENDS: Brandon Myers is on a three game scoring streak though he rarely turns in more than 40 yards in any game. He has finally become a constant in the game plan and a is clearly the favorite in the end zone for Manning.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: Whatever happens here is mostly because the Seahawks are not going to over prepare and might allow the Giants to look more competitive than they should. But you cannot rely on that happening and any Giant is a risk to use (any week for that matter). You cannot expect more than moderate numbers this week from any player and in particular Victor Cruz should end up with Richard Sherman.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 29 24 11 30 27 26
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 2 7 2 11 3 5

WEEK 15 SD at DEN (THU) CIN at PIT NE at MIA SEA at NYG
ARI at TEN GB at DAL NO at STL SF at TB
BUF at JAC HOU at IND NYJ at CAR WAS at ATL
*UPDATED CHI at CLE KC at OAK PHI at MIN BAL at DET (MON)


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