While the planned Super Bowl parade to Pioneer Square wasn't completely canceled, it took a hit when the Seattle Seahawks fell to the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park last Sunday afternoon. This Sunday the Hawks look to continue what they see as an inevitable trip to February's Big Game. The New York Giants, though 5-8 and out of playoff contention, intend to be poor hosts and deny the Hawks their 12th win in 14 tries this season.
While the weather on Saturday night is fit for a penguin, forecasters anticipate kickoff temps in the high 30s with only a slight chance of precipitation. That would be good news for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson who has been good, but not great over the past few games. Once the frontrunner for MVP (and certainly a contender still) Wilson's numbers have slipped in the second half of the season. Still without star receiver Percy Harvin, Wilson will look for Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse, and Zach Miller to move the ball through the air.
Marshawn Lynch will bear a heavy burden against the defense put up by Big Blue. The Giants have given up 104 yards per game on the ground, good for just 12th in the conference. Lynch crested the 1,000 yard mark last week and will look to pile up a big game in chilly Met Life Stadium on Sunday.
It is said that championships are won with defense. If so, New York may have a hard time staying with Seattle. The Seahawks defense ranks first in the NFC. Andre Brown leads the Giants on the ground, but his numbers starkly contrast with those amassed by Lynch. Brown has yet to gain 500 yards on the season.
Two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning hasn't had his best year either. Manning has thrown 16 touchdown passes but has added 20 interceptions to the mix. Manning's quarterback rating of 74.2 ranks him 24th in the conference, one spot behind Minnesota's Christian Ponder. Giants' fans are not pleased with Manning and will likely let him know it if he throws passes to the wrong shirts on Sunday.
Las Vegas likes the Seahawks by seven points. I know that it's a West Coast team traveling east and playing an early start. But the Giants ought to be little challenge to a Seahawks team that didn't enjoy the punch in the mouth that they took at the hands of San Francisco. If Seattle lets New York stay in the game early it could be close, but I don't expect that to be the case. Take the Hawks, lay the lumber and take your gal to Staten Island on the ferry with the winnings.
It's scrambled eggs and Seahawks Sunday as the game kicks at 10:00 a.m. PST. The game can be seen on Q13Fox and heard on ESPN 710 KIRO.