This past Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks returned to home base to take on the winless Oakland Raiders. In what became a surprisingly exciting matchup, the Seahawks came out on top by a score of 30-26. This week, the ‘Hawks (5-3) take on Eli Manning and the New York Giants (3-5).
Not too many people could have predicted that the Raiders would give the Seahawks a fight – but a fight is exactly what they gave them last Sunday.
A punt block touchdown recovered by Oakland wide receiver Brice Butler gave the Raiders the surge of energy that they needed to get back in the game. The punt block recovery was followed by two touchdown grabs by Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera, bringing the Raiders within 6 points of the ‘Hawks. Fortunately for Seattle, the Raiders were unable to recover the onside kick attempt, allowing the Seahawks to hold on for the win.
Amid rumors regarding his departure, Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch showed up to play against his hometown team, scoring two first half touchdowns, and collecting 67 rushing yards, and 76 receiving yards in the process.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson did not have a particularly spectacular night, throwing 17 of 35 for 179 yards, with no touchdowns, and rushing for 31 yards. Doug Baldwin caught five receptions for 38 yards.
Seattle’s defence played well, as predicted. Linebacker Bruce Irvin and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman had an interception each, something that has been hard to come by for the Seahawks defence this season.
Game Day: Sunday, November 9
Kickoff: 1:25 p.m. PST
This Sunday, the Seahawks will be at home to take on an injury plagued Giants team. The ‘Hawks are riding a two game winning streak, whereas the Giants are coming fresh off a beating at the hands of the high powered Indianapolis Colts – a game in which they suffered another setback, losing breakout cornerback Prince Amukamara to a torn biceps muscle.
Although the ‘Hawks are winning, star QB Russell Wilson has not been able to get it going as of late. He has been terrorized by defensive lines for the past couple of games, but look for that to change as offensive tackle Russell Okung makes his return. If Russell Wilson is going to pick a game to air out the ball, this is the game to do it; however, it is more likely that he will do damage with his legs, this Sunday. Wilson may be without his favorite target, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who is nursing a groin injury.
The Legion of Boom has stepped up their game and is once again finding themselves at the top of the league in the rankings. Giants QB Eli Manning has not been spectacular, and this may not be the week in which he bounces back, as the Seattle secondary is tightening up and finding its stride – especially with the impending return of hard hitting safety Kam Chancellor. However, the Seahawks secondary will have their hands full with the Giants’ budding rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Marshawn Lynch got it going against Oakland’s run defense, last week; look for him to do the same against a soft New York run defense, this week. Also look for Christine Michael and Robert Turbin to get more touches.
With Giants RB Rashad Jennings still out, rookie RB Andre Williams will continue to fill in. Williams has been average at best, so the Seahawks should have no problem shutting down the rushing offense of the Giants.
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