Check out which side the national media is predicting to win Sunday's matchup between the Seahawks (3-2) and New York Giants (1-5).
Elliot Harrison at NFL.com picks the Seahawks to win 17-13, "Unbelievable that the Giants and their makeshift receiver corps comprised of WR5s and WR6s played the Broncos secondary last week ... and now face the other best defensive backfield in football. Through five games, Seattle's famed "Legion of Boom" has been solid, if not as dominant as it used to be. Question is, can Orleans Darkwa make like Joe Morris and run right through the Seahawks' front? Could be, as this is where Seattle's defense has been gashed time and again. The 'Hawks are allowing nearly 5 yards per carry. But I don't think Pete Carroll's group will overlook the Giants after last Sunday night's stunner in Denver. Fun fact: Russell Wilson is one of three quarterbacks who have beaten three different teams on a pitch that isn't his own: He's defeated the Giants, Jets and Broncos (SB XLVIII) at the Big Snoopy."
Brady Henderson at ESPN.com sides with the Seahawks this week, 27-14, "Even with the Giants notching their first victory of the season in impressive fashion in Week 6, this matchup still heavily favors the Seahawks. They're coming off a bye, and their defense has started to hit its stride, allowing only 26 points over the past two games while forcing six turnovers. And the Seahawks are returning to a place where they've had nothing but success. They're 4-0 at MetLife Stadium, including their blowout win in Super Bowl XLVIII and a 23-0 shutout of the Giants that same 2013 season, when they picked off Eli Manning five times. A surging Seattle defense with a week of rest against a Giants offense without Odell Beckham Jr. is a recipe for a drama-free victory."
Jordan Raanan at ESPN.com selects Seattle to win on the road, 26-13, "The Giants dominated in Denver, but it still took three forced turnovers and a defensive touchdown for them to reach 23 points with their revamped offense, which produced only 266 total yards with its new run-first approach. The Seahawks appear primed to play a complete game for the first time this season coming off their bye week. Pete Carroll's teams have won three of their past four games after a bye. This is another tough spot for the beat-up Giants, who won't catch Seattle off guard."
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com picks Seattle to win a close one, 20-17, "The Seahawks are coming off a bye, but this is a long trip. The Giants played well in upsetting the Broncos Sunday night, getting the run game going. Seattle is a bit banged up on defense, which helps. Even so, Seattle will find a way to win a close one."
Chris Simms at BleacherReport.com sees a 19-17 Seahawks victory, "Expect this to be a low-scoring defensive struggle. The Giants have changed their identity in the wake of receiver injuries. They played a lot more two-tight end sets and relied more on the run last week against the Denver Broncos, and it served them well. Because of this, there's a big part of me that wants to pick the underdog Giants. However, New York is just a team that has struggled to get out of its own way this year. The Seahawks aren't dominant, but they do have more offensive weapons and a quarterback who can make plays on his own. In a defensive battle, that's big."
David Steele at Sporting News rides with the Seahawks this week, 20-13, "The Seahawks come off a bye and a defensive stop of the Rams that kept them above .500. The Giants, with Eli Manning and no wide receivers, are not going to take down the Broncos and Seahawks' defenses in back-to-back weeks."
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com thinks the Seahawks take care of business after the bye, 27-10, "Hopefully the fumes of that first win for the Giants will last a while. The Seahawks are simply too good to lose this one, and they won't step into the same post-bye complacency pothole that took down Denver last week."
Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com feels the same way, predicting a 20-10 Seattle win, "The Giants showed their first signs of life in beating the Broncos on Sunday, but the Seahawks aren't going to let them make it two in a row."
Jim Moore at 710Sports.com expects a Giants win, 17-14, "Historically, Eli Manning has not fared well against the Seahawks with 13 interceptions in seven career games. But this game is being played this year, and I expect a different performance from a future Hall of Famer who has won two Super Bowls. Look for Manning to be more of a game manager than he's been in the past since so many of his receivers are sidelined with injuries, including Odell Beckham Jr."
The Seattle Seahawks meet the New York Giants for the 19th time in franchise history this Sunday, December 6 at 1:05 p.m. Take a look back at past matchups between the two teams.