The 4-3 Seattle Seahawks sit atop the NFC West, returning home after last week's 37-23 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Here are five things to know about the Seahawks' Week 8 opponent, the New York Giants:
Daniel Jones: Dual-Threat
The New York Giants have their own success story at quarterback in fourth-year Duke alum Daniel Jones. Through seven games, Jones has completed 126 of 189 passes for 1,223 yards and six touchdowns. Jones is also a threat on the ground, rushing for three touchdowns on 58 carries.
Jones earned Week 7 NFC Player of the Week honors after completing 19-30 passes for 202 yards in the Giants 23-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jones threw for a touchdown as well as carrying the ball 11 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. Seattle prepares for the dual-threat quarterback who has thrown just two interceptions and is completing over 66 percent of his passes.
Saquon Barkley: Back Like He Never Left
Giants running back Saquon Barkley already surpassed his 2021 rushing yardage total (593 in 13 games) following Week 7's 110-yard performance against the Jaguars. On the season, Barkley has rushed for 726 yards and four touchdowns on 143 carries. Barkley has recorded three 100-yard rushing games thus far in 2022, adding in 25 receptions for 180 yards.
Barkley has been essential for the Giants on the road, recording 100-plus yards from scrimmage in his last four away games.
From Julian With Love
Giants fourth-year safety Julian Love currently leads the team in tackles (50 combined), also chipping in a sack, forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Love is also the only Giants defender to record an interception thus far in the 2022 season. Seattle will do its best to keep the ball out of the Notre Dame alum's hands.
Giants fourth-year defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence currently leads New York with 4.0 sacks, contributing a forced fumble and 13 tackles as well through seven games. The Seahawks interior offensive linemen will be tasked with neutralizing the 340-pound anchor in the middle of the Giants defense.
Lawrence takes great pride in his agility and shares a passion for chasing down quarterbacks, as he told WFAN's Madelyn Burke Thursday following practice.
"I love chasing people," said Lawrence. "It's going to be a challenge, I think we're ready for any challenge up ahead."
Graham Gano: Long Distance Call
Giants kicker Graham Gano is seven games into his 13th season, his third with New York. On the season, Gano is 15-17 on field goal attempts (88.2%). Gano has yet to miss a field goal attempt of 50-yards or greater, nailing all-four attempts this season. Every point counts in this league, and Gano currently is No. 5 in points (58) league wide, and the Giants offense is currently tied for fourth-most field goal attempts this season.
Giant Inactives: Daniel Bellinger; Ben Bredeson; Evan Neal
Winning can come at a cost, as was the case in the Giants 24-20 Week 7 victory over the Jaguars. Giants right tackle Evan Neal, tight end Daniel Bellinger and left guard Ben Bredeson all suffered injuries that will force them to miss time.
Neal is believed to have suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain based on early tests and has not participated in practices this week. Giants rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger suffered a fractured eye socket and septum after being accidentally poked through his helmet. The Giants are evaluating the next steps for recovery, with Bellinger expected to miss at-least a few weeks. Guard Ben Bredeson is believed to have suffered a PCL sprain, with Head Coach Brian Daboll calling both Neal and Bredeson "week-to-week."
The Seahawks and Giants face off for Monday Night Football on Oct. 2, 2023. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Giants.