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David Dorey
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WEEK 9
2010
TB at ATL MIA at BAL *NYG at SEA PIT at CIN
*NO at CAR NE at CLE KC at OAK DEN, JAC
CHI at BUF *SD at HOU *IND at PHI SF, STL
*Updated *NYJ at DET *ARI at MIN *DAL at GB TEN, WAS

Prediction: NYG 24, SEA 6

Update: Matt Hasselbeck has been ruled out because of his concussion and Charlie Whitehurst gets to be the next quarterback to face the Giants QB-killing-machine. Golden Tate is already expected to be out and Mike Williams may end up as a game time decision.

Update #2: Hasselbeck and Tate are already out this week but Mike Williams has been upgraded to probable and will play.

The Giants come off their bye week with a four game winning streak and a 2-1 road record while the Seahawks slink home after being pummeled in Oakland. But Seattle is 3-0 at home this year. Then again, they beat the 49ers, Chargers and Cardinals there and none of them have a winning record. The best reason to watch is to see if the Giants defense can actually knock out their fifth quarterback of the season.

New York Giants (5-2)
Homefield: Giants Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 CAR W 31-18 10 DAL --
2 @IND L 14-38 11 @PHI --
3 TEN L 10-29 12 JAC --
4 CHI W 17-3 13 WAS --
5 @HOU W 34-10 14 @MIN --
6 DET W 28-20 15 PHI --
7 @DAL W 41-35 16 @GB --
8 Bye - 17 @WAS --
9 @SEA -- - - -
Giants Report | Statistics | Roster
NY GIANTS at SEA Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning - - 300,2
RB Brandon Jacobs 30,1 - -
RB Ahmad Bradshaw 80 10 -
TE Kevin Boss - 30 -
WR Steve Smith - 80,1 -
WR Hakeem Nicks - 100,1 -
WR Mario Manningham - 40 -
PK Lawrence Tynes 1 FG 3 XP -
Pregame Notes: The Giants were on bye but last week all the other NFC East teams lost and left them all alone at the top of the division. There could be a slight tendency to look past the Seahawks to the Cowboys in week ten but that matchup looks easier now. The bye came at a nice time since it allows the team to get healthy and rested before the tougher stretch of the season.

QUARTERBACK: Eli Manning has been oddly effective this year. Though he had two games without any scores, he had multiple touchdowns in every other games - never just one. He has thrown for 14 touchdowns but has 11 interceptions. On the road he has never failed to pass for more than one score though and his best yardage has tended towards the away venues.

He faces a Seattle secondary that has allowed two scores to most opposing quarterbacks along with very healthy yardage. Five teams have passed for around 300 yards or more so look for a healthy game from Manning.

RUNNING BACKS: Ahmad Bradshaw has already rushed for 708 yards this season and that includes topping the 100 yard rushing mark in three of the last four games. He has not scored since week four thanks to touchdown hawk Brandon Jacobs who has a team high five scores that have all happened in the last four weeks once he got his helmet back. The Giants are concerned about the heavy use of Bradshaw who is on a pace to rush over 300 times this season. He remains healthy so far, but the smallish back was plagued by injuries for all of 2009 when the rushing effort was much worse.

The Seahawks are only average against the run and allowed seven scores to running backs but only one to a visiting back. Seattle plays far better at home and yet have not faced any top teams there so far. Expect a lesser effort from Bradshaw this week since the team wants to lower his carries and the Seahawks have not allowed more than 79 yards to a visiting runner.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Hakeem Nicks was a question going into the last game because of his hamstring but he ended up with 108 yards and two scores on the Cowboys and he's been a big factor in road games all year. His eight touchdowns ties him with Calvin Johnson for the NFL best. Steve Smith has been quieter this year but in the most recent weeks come to life with a score in two of the last three games and solid yardage for the last five weeks. Mario Manningham was the forgotten man with no catches in weeks 4 and 5 but he's scored in each of the last two games. This unit is back to 2009 form only there is a rushing game to support them now.

Both passing scores will end up here and since the Seahawks five touchdowns allowed to wideouts have all favored the faster players, Nicks should be a lock to score once. It's a coin flip on the other score but I'll slightly favor Smith.

TIGHT ENDS: No fantasy value.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 10 4 3 26 27 11
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 15 14 24 9 10 16
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) NYG 5 10 21 -17 -17 5


Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
Homefield: Qwest Field
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 SF W 31-6 10 @ARI --
2 @DEN L 14-31 11 @NO --
3 SD W 27-20 12 KC --
4 @STL L 3-20 13 CAR --
5 Bye - 14 @SF --
6 @CHI W 23-20 15 ATL --
7 ARI W 22-10 16 @TB --
8 @OAK L 3-33 17 STL --
9 NYG -- - - -
Seahawks Report | Statistics | Roster
SEATTLE vs NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Hasselbeck - - 200,1
QB Charlie Whitehurst - - 170
RB Justin Forsett 30 50 -
RB Marshawn Lynch 50 - -
TE John Carlson - 30 -
WR Mike Williams - 30 -
WR Deon Butler - 50 -
WR Golden Tate - 30 -
PK Olindo Mare 2 FG -

Pregame Notes: The Seahawks have truly been two different teams depending on whether they are home or away but this week should answer just how much of that is about the schedule. Even with three losses the team is still a half game up in the NFC West with a solid chance to reclaim what had been their annual title before Warner showed up in Arizona. This is a team still very much in transition though and any positive gains this year will translate well into the future.

QUARTERBACK: Matt Hasselbeck suffered a concussion in the Raiders loss but is expected to play against the Giants who have already knocked out five different quarterbacks this year. Consider it a very bad sign that he was sacked 13 times over just the last two games. The Giants already have 24 sacks on the season. Charlie Whitehurst may finally get his shot to play.

Hasselbeck has never been worth more than one passing score per game and average yardage at best. Even if he lasts the entire game he won't have more than moderate fantasy points.

RUNNING BACKS: Marshawn Lynch only managed nine carries for seven yards and appears less of a savior than ever. Justin Forsett was actually more effective than Lynch in the last game but all told these running backs have only scored twice this year and none have gained over 90 yards in any game. Given the split in workload, it takes a very soft defense to make any fantasy points happen.

And here comes the Giants with their #3 ranked defense against running backs and only three runners scored on them this year. The marginal stats produced by Lynch and Forsett should take a downward dip again this week

WIDE RECEIVERS: Making matters worse is Mike Williams' bruised knee that contributed to his poor one-catch showing. Williams racked up 10+ carries in the two previous games. No other receivers here are stepping up since Deion Branch left. Deon Butler has never gained over 50 yards in any game and had just one catch in Oakland. Golden Tate only accounted for 36 yards there on two receptions and that was one if his best efforts. Tate sprained his ankle and has been wearing a protective boot but his status is uncertain. I will assume he can play a limited role and adjust as warranted.

I will also assume the same for Williams who is a huge loss if he cannot play.

The Giants are weaker in the secondary but there is almost nothing here that can take advantage of them. WIlliams is a moderate play if healthy but the others are pure bench material.

TIGHT ENDS: John Carlson has been nearly phased out of the offense with one score back in week three and minimal yards over the last month of play.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 22 29 19 27 23 1
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 7 3 8 15 19 27
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) SEA -15 -26 -11 -12 -4 26

WEEK 9
2010
TB at ATL MIA at BAL NYG at SEA PIT at CIN
NO at CAR NE at CLE KC at OAK DEN, JAC
CHI at BUF SD at HOU IND at PHI SF, STL
  NYJ at DET ARI at MIN DAL at GB TEN, WAS
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