Though it isn’t the flashiest matchup in an otherwise loaded Week 4 schedule, don’t overlook this week’s Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants. It could have far-reaching implications not only in each division, but across the NFC as a whole.
Both teams have had mixed starts — the Seahawks are in 2-1, the Giants 1-2 — and both will be keen to earn what would be something of a statement victory. In this preview, we will get into how both teams got here, who is missing from their respective lineups, and all of the trends and bets that deserve your attention.
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Seahawks vs. Giants odds
|Seahawks Moneyline Odds||-130|
|Giants Moneyline Odds||+110|
|Spread odds||Seahawks -1.5 (-110), Giants +1.5 (-110)|
|Over/Under||47 points (over -110, under -110)|
|Time/Date||Oct. 2, 8:15 p.m. ET|
About the Seahawks (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS, 2-1 o/u)
The Seahawks tend to get lost in the shuffle when it comes to NFC West contenders. They surprised the world last year by finishing just behind the 49ers, and making the playoffs in the process. For what was supposed to be a “retooling” year, the Seahawks looked better than they had in a few years without QB Russell Wilson at the helm.
The Week 1 loss to the Rams was unsettling at the time, but makes sense with the benefit of hindsight. The L.A. defence is tougher than people tend to realize, and despite injuries at key positions, the Rams have proven themselves to be a difficult team to play against. High-octane wins in back-to-back games have since shown that the Seahawks can put up some serious points. QB Geno Smith continues to build on his breakout season of a year ago, throwing for four touchdowns and just one interception so far. RB Kenneth Walker is also enjoying a hot start, picking up four touchdowns himself to this point.
The defence was a question mark last year and that looks to have not changed. Giving up 31 to the Lions isn’t a big deal, but the anemic Panthers offence put 27 up on them in a losing effort. In all, the Seahawks appear to be a genuinely good team with a few holes, but nonetheless always fun to watch when they have the ball.
About the Giants (1-2 SU, 0-3 ATS, 1-2 o/u)
Though the focus has been on the other New York team this year (not the Buffalo Bills), things aren’t exactly going well for the Giants. Week 1 was a highlight in all the wrong ways, featuring a Sunday Night 40-0 beatdown in their own stadium by their bitter rivals from Dallas. Moving on from that was hard, but had to be done.
And yet, things started miserably against the lowly Arizona Cardinals in Week 2. By the time the Giants got their first points of 2023, they were in a 60-0 hole against opponents. Granted, they made a frantic rally late to pull off the 31-28 win and avoid major disaster before even getting into the heart of the season.
Against the 49ers, one of the best teams in the league, they understandably struggled. Even with RB Saquon Barkley in the lineup, things weren’t going to be easy. They didn’t put up much of a fight, dropping a 30-12 decision on Thursday Night Football.
Going forward, the Giants may already be at a critical point on the season. The offence has been inconsistent at best, and the defence has taken a worrying step back from where it was a year ago. If neither outfit is holding up its end of the bargain, things are going to get a lot worse for the Giants before they get any better.
There are a lot of ugly aspects to this season so far for the Giants. Where it could get uglier is on the ground, where the Giants are currently 27th in the NFL in rushing yards against per game at 138 yards. Even the Cardinals, who are considered to be one of the worst offences in the league, managed to run all over the Giants in their matchup.
The Seahawks aren’t exactly one of the best outfits out there, but they do average more than 100 rushing yards per game (104.3, to be exact). Kenneth Walker has been very good so far and could do a lot of damage if the Giants can’t figure things out and stop giving up chunk plays. If they can’t, the Seahawks are going to punish them and make sure that it is a long night for the Giants defence.
Kenneth Walker over 64.5 rushing yards
The Giants could potentially be without LB Azeez Ojulari, who has been limited because of a hamstring injury. OT Andrew Thomas is also questionable, but the real focus is on RB Saquon Barkley. He went down in the comeback win against the Cardinals with an ankle injury, though it was revealed to be a minor sprain. He’s practising, but he’s officially listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report for Monday.
For the Seahawks, WR DK Metcalf started off hot, but is now questionable with a rib injury. Nevertheless, he should still be in the lineup. The defence, however, is struggling with a plethora of injuries. DT Jarran Reed is dealing with a quadricep injury. Corners Coby Bryant (toe), Tre Brown (concussion), and Artie Burns are all questionable, and safeties Quandre Diggs (hamstring) and Julian Love (hamstring) are banged up as well.
The weather should be nice and clear in New Jersey on Monday night. Temperatures during the day will be quite warm but should be around 18 C when the two take the field for the game. There is no expectation of rain, and the skies should be relatively cloud-free. Bettors shouldn’t anticipate that the weather will have much bearing on this one.
- The Giants were an incredible 13-4 against the spread a year ago en route to a surprise playoff appearance. Amidst a catastrophic early start, the key thing to look at is that the Giants are already 0-3 against the spread. Even with a 10.5-point cushion against the 49ers, they couldn’t get the job done. If they are going to cover in this one, they’ll need to win outright since the spread is so small (1.5 points).
- The Seahawks offence has been hot lately, hitting the over in their last two games against the Panthers and Lions. But prior to that, they had hit the under five times in a row (not counting their playoff loss to the 49ers). The Seahawks offence can put up points, and should continue to do so against a questionable Giants defence.
Player prop trends
- Kenneth Walker already has four touchdowns on the ground this year, picking up two apiece in the wins over the Lions and Panthers. In Week 1, he managed 64 yards but failed to score. He is hot this season and the Giants are soft against the run. Look for him to find the end zone as an anytime touchdown scorer (-110) in this one.
- To say that it has been a rough season for Giants QB Daniel Jones would be an understatement. The passing yardage prop for Danny Dimes is set at 231.5 yards (-110). He hit the over in the frantic comeback against the Cardinals but hasn’t come close in the other two, with 104 against Dallas and 137 against San Francisco.
Daniel Jones under 231.5 passing yards
Wagers to consider
- Kenneth Walker has been quietly effective but still on the hot side of things. His rushing yardage prop is set at 64.5 yards (-125), and he has hit the over twice, including a season-high 97 against the Panthers. Take the over again as he gashes the Giants on Monday.
- The spread is only as close as it is because the Seahawks are travelling. So far this year, the Giants have looked like they have taken a major step backwards. Hammer the Seahawks moneyline (-130) and for them to cover the 1.5-point spread (-110).
- Funny enough, Metcalf has had a strong start to the season, but scored only in the game where the Seahawks were handily beaten (30-13 loss to the Rams). He’s overdue to get into the end zone, so watch DK as an anytime TD scorer (+150) in what should be a solid night at the office.