Seattle is on the road again this week, tripping cross-country to play the Giants in New Jersey on Sunday.
Point spread: Seahawks opened as 4.5-point favorites; the total was 41.5. (Line updates and matchup report)
Odds Shark computer prediction: 31.2-14.5 Seahawks
Why the Seahawks can cover the spread
Despite the tough loss at San Francisco last week, Seattle is still probably the best team in football at the moment. The Seahawks lead the league in total defense, rank 12th in total offense and third in rushing.
They've got a banger in running back Marshawn Lynch, who is already over the 1,000-yard mark for the season, a very smart young quarterback in Russell Wilson and a defense that punches people in the mouth.
On top of all that, Seattle is playing with a swagger that eventual Super Bowl champions play with. Part of that swagger comes from winning—and covering—on the road.
Why the Giants can cover the spread
New York had been playing better ball lately, after that terrible start to the season, although the loss at San Diego seemed a bit disheartening. The Giants had won five of their previous six games, in part because QB Eli Manning was cutting back on his mistakes.
With Eli winging the ball on one side and a defense that was also playing better as of late (at least until the Chargers game), the G-Men might have a shot at the upset on their home field this week.
The Odds Shark computer is calling for a Seattle victory and cover in a game that plays OVER its total. The Seahawks are heading across the country after a tough divisional loss, but coach Pete Carroll has a way of getting his boys up for games like this. Seattle can run the ball, they can throw it and they can take it away.
In fact, the Seahawks are tied with Kansas City for the most takeaways in the league with 28—which might not bode well for Eli if the Giants fall behind. Give the points and go with Seattle.
- Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last five games
- Past four meetings all played OVER the total
- Seahawks 8-2 ATS past 10 road games
- Giants have played five straight OVERs as home dogs