The Seahawks' journey through the NFC East continues Sunday when the Giants come to Lumen Field, the second of three games against the East in a four-game span. While the Giants got off to a rough start, they've won three in a row and are now in tie for first place at 4-7. To learn more about this week's opponent, Seahawks.com reached out to Giants.com senior writer/reporter Michael Eisen with five questions about this week's opponent.
Things looked pretty bleak a month ago, what has gone into the Giants turning things around and winning three in a row to get back into the NFC East race?
Eisen: All the reasons coaches usually cite when their teams starting winning games – improved defense, running the ball better and reducing turnovers. The Giants haven't allowed more than 20 points in any of their last three games. For the first time in 10 years, they didn't give up a third-down conversion when they beat Philadelphia. They've rushed for more than 100 yards in six consecutive games, their longest streak in … 10 years. And they've committed one turnover in their three-game winning streak.
If Daniel Jones can't go, what changes for the offense with Colt McCoy under center?
Eisen:: The coaches have said all week changes will be minimal. The Giants have been leaning on the rushing attack and taking occasional shots down the field and that will likely continue. Wayne Gallman had career-high totals of 24 carries and 94 yards last week against the Bengals and has rushed for at least one touchdown in five consecutive games. If the Giants' top quarterback is sidelined, the run game could become even more prevalent.
Obviously nobody wants to have a losing record, but does a 4-7 record feel a little different when a division title is very much in play?
Eisen: Absolutely. The first goal of any team is to win its division, because it's the easiest path to the playoffs. And you get a home game in the wild card round. Since the current division alignment was adopted in 2002 two teams have won division titles at .500 – the Chargers in 2008 and the Broncos in 2011 – and two won with sub-.500 marks – the Seahawks in 2010 and Panthers in 2014. All four of those teams won their wild card playoff game. It's much better to be 4-7, in first place and controlling your playoff destiny than 4-7 in another division, trying to figure out where you're going to pick in the first round of the draft.
What has James Bradberry brought to the defense in his first season with the Giants, and how intriguing will it be to see him and DK Metcalf go head-to-head?
Eisen: Bradberry has been the lockdown corner we needed. Look at last week – A.J. Green did not have a reception in Cincinnati. Bradberry is tied for second in the NFL with 15 passes defensed – seven more than anyone else on the team. He also leads the Giants with three interceptions. When he played for Carolina, Bradberry routinely covered the NFC South's big, talented receivers – Michael Thomas, Julio Jones and Mike Evans. He will find a similar, if not superior challenge, in Metcalf. It will be fun to watch. As Joe Judge said of Metcalf this week, "You don't have a lot of guys walking the earth like him."
Other than Metcalf and Bradberry, what are a couple of the matchups you're most looking forward to seeing on Sunday?
Eisen: This isn't a traditional matchup per se, but Judge is a former special teams coach and he thinks the kicking game will be a big factor on Sunday. The placekickers, Jason Myers (26) and Graham Gano (24) have the NFL's longest active field goal streaks. Between them, they've made 40 of 41 attempts this season (Gano missed a 57-yard try in Chicago). Michael Dickson is fourth in the league with a 44.2-yard net average. According to Judge, "You've got to get ready to play on a long field with Dickson punting the ball. He puts that thing on down there a pinch inside the 10-yard line. Your offense has to be ready for backed-up series and moving the ball down the field." If the game is close, the special teams might decide it.
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