Three local writers provide analysis of Sunday's game:
Mike Tanier, NY Times:?Great teams do not win close games. Great teams win blowouts, then go a little better than .500 in close games. The Giants blew out Carolina and Houston, and their wins over Chicago and Dallas were not as close as the score. If they can figure out how to punt and cover punts properly, and if they get a few breaks on tip-drill interceptions (the official count is at seven), the Giants could easily be the best team in the N.F.L. Even with those flaws/misfortunes, they are pretty close. Bad luck may be partly to blame for the tipped passes, but that does not mean the Giants will leave them to chance. ?I think it comes back to the basics of football and route running,? the receivers coach Sean Ryan told reporters. ?If the route is supposed to be run at 12 yards, don?t run it at 11 so that Eli knows where we?re going to be.? As for Matt Dodge, he is gaining confidence, and the Jets? Steve Weatherford took some heat off? him with his failed Gale Sayers impersonation last week. The way New York punters are going, Jeff Feagles will be elected mayor in 2012. A few more blowouts, and the Giants could start getting some national attention, assuming Randy Moss does not smash a grapefruit into someone?s face.
Sean Brennan, Daily News: The Giants seemingly have almost everything going for them in this game. A monstrous pass rush that treats opposing quarterbacks like rag dolls (see: Tony Romo), own a solid ground game and are facing a team coming off a 33-3 loss to the Raiders. But the Seahawks are a completely different team at home. This season they own a 3-0 ledger at Quest Field and have outscored their opponents, 80-36. Couple that with the decibel factor in what is widely considered the noisiest stadium in the land (the Giants were flagged for 11 false start penalties there in 2005) and the Jints penchant for turnovers (Eli Manning's 11 INTs are tied for the league high and Big Blue has logged 10 fumbles in their last seven games) and this could turn into a long afternoon for the Giants. However, on talent alone the Giants, who have never won at Quest Field and have dropped their last four games in Seattle overall, should prevail, especially with Charlie Whitehurst playing QB for Seattle.
Dave Blezow, New York Post: The Giants are riding a four-game winning streak and have to deal with the cross-country trip off a bye. That screams ?stale.? And the absence of Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck could add as much to the Giants? overconfidence as it does to the spread. But although the Seahawks are 3-0 at home by a combined 80-36, they are beaten up after their 33-3 loss at Oakland. Can?t see them staying within 10 of Big Blue with Charlie Whitehurst at the controls.