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What to watch for the Seahawks’ Week 8 game against the New York Giants

The Giants have been solid on defense this season in many facets of the game, but have been susceptible to the run, allowing an NFL-worst 5.7 yards per carry.

With the weather quite possibly a factor in this game, the Seahawks would love to be able to beat the Giants at their own game and take over with a potent rushing attack.

3. Can the Seahawks end New York’s close game hitting streak?

While the Giants have earned their way to a 6-1 start by doing a lot of things right, they are also just a few plays or bad breaks away from more losses. All six wins have been by eight points or less, and several of them have gone down to the wire, including last week’s win over Jacksonville that ended with the Jaguars completing a pass at the 1-yard line on the final play of the game before Christian Kirk was stuffed at the goal line by several Giants defenders to preserve a six-point victory.

“They’re going to have the belief, they’re going to have the mindset that they know they can finish a game and win it,” Carroll said. “That gets stronger and feeds on itself. It’s a really tremendous asset to have, when you know you’re going to finish well, and these games have to be had. There’s no time for this to end, you’ve got to go . There’s another 60 minutes, so we’ve got to be here for that.”

The Seahawks have a pair of close wins, winning by one point in their opener against Denver and by three points in Detroit, and hope a raucous home crowd will help give them the edge if it comes down to the wire. .

4. Can an improved defense continue to force turnovers?

The Seahawks defense has turned things around a lot in their last two games, but one thing Seattle has done pretty well all season is run the ball. With rookie cornerbacks Tariq Woolen (four interceptions) and Coby Bryant (four forced fumbles, three of them recovered by Seattle) leading the way, the Seahawks have forced two turnovers in six of seven games this season.

Unsurprisingly for a 6-1 team, the Giants have been pretty good at taking care of the ball this season, especially of late, with just one shutout in their last three games, all wins, and Jones has only threw two interceptions in seven. games

5. Can the Seahawks pass rush keep it up?

With the run defense improving, forcing teams into more obvious passing situations, and with the defensive front freed up to play a more aggressive style the past two weeks, the Seahawks have gotten much more production from a pass rush than it had been relatively quiet. during the first five games.

Against Arizona two weeks ago, the defense tallied six sacks from six different players, then last week against the Chargers and Justin Herbert, who had been sacked just seven times through his first six games, the Seahawks added three more sacks. Uchenna Nwosu, who had a whopping 11 pressures against his former team last weekend, now leads the NFL with 31 quarterback pressures, according to NFL Next Gen stats, and Darrell Taylor has also come on strong of late with strip sacks in each of the last two games.


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