Both New York (6-1) and Seattle (4-3) have surprised some people this season as they square off in the Pacific Northwest for the week 8 Giants at Seahawks matchup. N.Y. is staying in the hunt with the undefeated Eagles in the NFC East while Seattle – who was expected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL – has picked up wins in three of their last four.
The Giants have rattled off four straight wins, the last three of which have come as underdogs against Green Bay (27-22), Baltimore (24-20), and Jacksonville (23-17) last weekend. That trend continues with New York a +3 point underdog in front of a reinvigorated 12th man, can they keep the streak going?
Big Day for the Giants Ground Game?
The Seahawks are atop the NFC West but they will give up yardage in bunches. Seattle ranks 29th in the NFL in total yards allowed (399.1 ypg) and are especially bad vs. the run (149.7, 30th) which happens to be the Giants’ strong point. Both Saquon Barkley (110 yards) and QB Daniel Jones (107) topped the century mark rushing in New York’s 23-17 win at Jacksonville last weekend as +3 point underdogs.
Barkley comes into the week 8 Seahawks at Giants game as the second leading rusher in the NFL (726 yards) while Jones has added another 343 on the ground. Jones has added 6 TD passes to just two INTs in his first year running Brian Daboll’s offense and his 63.0 QBR is fifth in ESPN’s metric.
While the Giants should be able to move the ball fairly effectively on Sunday afternoon, their defense also faces a huge test with the surprising Seahawks offense. Seattle has put up 32+ points in three of their last four games and they’re finding success both on the ground and through the air.
Smith Getting the Job Done
Only 47% of the betting public are on Seattle giving a field goal at home in the week 8 Giants at Seahawks matchup. Seattle has been an underdog in all four of their wins this season, so maybe they won’t perform as well with the proverbial chip not on their shoulder this week.
Make no mistake, the Seahawks definitely have the talent to pick up the win by 3+ points on Sunday. They’ll get D.K. Metcalf back after he left last week’s win over the Chargers early with a knee injury and rookie RB Kenneth Walker III has come into his own with 167 yards and 2 TDs vs. L.A. Walker has run for 88+ yards in three straight games and has toted the rock 20+ times in consecutive contests.
It’s the recent play of Geno Smith that really has Seattle looking like a solid play on Sunday. He’s in good company trailing just Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes in QB rating and his 73% completion rate is tops in the NFL among eligible players. Smith has just 3 INTs on the year to go with 11 TD passes.
Free Week 8 Giants at Seahawks Betting Pick
It’s really tough to go against either of these teams the way they’ve played lately especially in games neither was really expected to win. The Giants have a slightly better defense, but give up yardage in chunks on the ground just like the Seahawks do. Ultimately in a game with two very evenly matched squads, Seattle being at home and having more weapons in the passing game gives them the edge.
Free Pick: Seahawks +3