The Seahawks defeated the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football in Week 12 by a final score of 23-17. Seattle is in first place in the NFC West division and currently the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
The Giants, meanwhile, won against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12 despite losing starting quarterback Daniel Jones to a hamstring injury. New York is in first place in the lowly NFC East. If the playoffs started today, the Giants would remarkably be the fourth seed in the NFC.
With the Seahawks and Giants set to kick off soon, let’s take a look at four bold predictions for the contest from a Seattle point of view.
1. Russell Wilson throws three touchdowns, one interception
Through 11 games this season, Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He’s completing 70.7 percent of his passes and has racked up 3,216 passing yards.
Even though the Giants have a good defense, we have Wilson throwing for three touchdowns against them in Week 13. New York is giving up only 23.0 points per game on the season, which is good for ninth in the NFL. However, the Seahawks are averaging 31.0 points a night, third in the league.
In three career games against the Giants, Wilson is 3-0. He’s thrown for 712 yards and four touchdowns, though the one-time Super Bowl champion also has three interceptions.
With that being said, look for Wilson to toss three touchdowns in Week 13 against the Giants and get picked off once as well since he’s been a little erratic with the football this season.
2. D.K. Metcalf racks up 100 receiving yards, scores one touchdown
One of the best wideouts in the NFL, D.K. Metcalf torched the Eagles in Week 12 for 177 yards on 10 catches. The 22-year-old has 58 receptions on the season for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns.
Metcalf and Wilson have great chemistry on the field and it’s only going to improve moving forward.
Against the Giants, we have Metcalf racking up over 100 receiving yards for the sixth time this season and scoring his 10th touchdown. There’s really only been two games this season where Metcalf was held in check by the opposing defense. He only had two catches for 23 yards in Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals and two catches for 28 yards in Week 10 versus Jalen Ramsey and the Los Angeles Rams.
Besides those two games, though, Metcalf has been a monster for the Seahawks and we expect him to go off in Week 13 against the Giants. Metcalf’s fantasy owners have been smiling all season and that trend will continue this Sunday.
3. Seahawks pick off Colt McCoy two times
As we mentioned earlier, Daniel Jones suffered a hamstring injury against the Bengals and was replaced by Colt McCoy. Jones has a strained hamstring and is likely to miss some time, which means McCoy is going to start against the Seahawks.
A star in college at Texas, McCoy has 29 touchdown passes and 27 interceptions in his career with the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Football Team. This is McCoy’s first season with the Giants and he’s now being asked to start against the Seahawks in Seattle.
Even though the Seahawks’ defense is really struggling this season, they have looked better as of late with Carlos Dunlap and Jamal Adams in the lineup. Against McCoy, we have Seattle’s defense getting two interceptions and making life tough for the 34-year-old.
There’s a reason McCoy was never able to flourish as a starting quarterback in the NFL earlier in his career and that will come to light again on Sunday in Seattle.
4. Seahawks defeat Giants, improve to 9-3
It looks like the New Orleans Saints (9-2) are going to get the No. 1 seed in the NFC this season. The Green Bay Packers (8-3) are right with the Seahawks for the second seed and they have one of the best quarterbacks in league history in Aaron Rodgers leading the way.
With that being said, to clinch the second seed, the Seahawks need to win games they are favored in and this Giants affair fits that bill. Seattle has one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL and a defense slowly starting to find its groove.
The Seahawks should easily defeat the Giants in Week 13 at home to improve to 9-3 on the season. After all, it would be one of the worst losses in the Pete Carroll era if McCoy comes into town and upsets the Seahawks.
We just can’t see that happening, though.