Giants vs. Seahawks Betting Predictions

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New York vs. Seattle, NFL Betting Predictions, December 6

The New York Giants are facing long odds to stay atop the NFC East as they head to Seattle without Daniel Jones. The Giants starter suffered a strained hamstring, so it will be Colt McCoy trying to inject some life into an offense that has been good enough to win three straight but still isn’t very good. The Seattle Seahawks have more offensive firepower and that will be just enough for them to squeak by at home.

Giants vs. Seahawks Betting Odds

Even though the Giants have won three straight games, New York still ranks 30th in scoring offense and 29th in total offense as they head into this matchup. The offense found a new identity without Saquon Barkley, but it will need to re-invent itself again without Jones’ athleticism. McCoy is a solid backup option but he’s not someone who is going to win games with his arm. McCoy is 7-21 in 28 career starts and has a 60.7 career completion percentage on 933 throws over 41 appearances. His touchdown total is barely outpacing his interceptions with 29 scores compared to 27 picks. The saving grace for the Giants is a defense that has largely gone ignored by the general public, but ranks in the top-10 in both scoring defense and total defense. New York has not allowed more than 25 points in the last six games and it has allowed more than 30 just twice.

Seattle is starting to play far better defense the last three weeks after the debacle in Buffalo. Its offense, though, hasn’t kept its explosive nature in that same span. While the defense has improved from 30.4 points allowed per game in the first eight games to just 20.3 points per game the last three weeks, the Seahawks’ offense has gone from 34.3 points per game in the first eight games to just 22.3 points per game over the last three weeks. Russell Wilson has been just pedestrian with three touchdown passes in the last three games and averaging just 225 passing yards per game. It’s something the Seahawks must figure out if they want to be Super Bowl contenders, but it isn’t an issue that should affect them this week. The Seahawks’ pass rush should have a field day against a banged-up Giants offense line with an immobile quarterback under center.

The New Jersey online sports betting sites have too much faith in this Seattle offense after setting the over/under on this game at 46.5 points. After scoring 30 points in seven of their first eight games, the Seahawks haven’t scored more than 28 in the last three weeks and they’ve been held to 350 yards or fewer in four of the last five games. Given how well the Giants have been at keeping teams off the scoreboard recently, that unit can give Seattle some trouble. New York, though, has only scored 24 or more points twice in 11 games this season, and even this Seahawks defense isn’t bad enough to surrender a lot of points to a McCoy-led offense. This has all the markings of a low-scoring game, so I’ll hammer the under 46.5 total points at -110 odds.

Seahawks to win

The Seahawks have opened as 10-point favorites over the Giants after the news about Jones’ injury. It makes sense for the NFL betting sites in New Jersey to believe in this Seattle offense to outscore the Giants’ attack, but the Seahawks haven’t exactly set the world ablaze recently. The Giants have also lost just two games by more than one score, and both of those came in the first three weeks of the season. New York is a pesky team whose defense is going to keep it in games even if the Giants don’t win. Given how much the Seattle offense has slowed down in recent weeks, I’ll bet the Seahawks to win by 13 points or fewer at +145 odds.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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