Absolutely everyone in the media is telling their listeners or writing to their readers to pick the 10 1/2 point favorite Giants in their suicide pools this weekend. That makes me nervous. As much as you don't expect a still unproven team like the Giants to look past an opponent in week 5, the players still can't fail to hear the background noise and perhaps it will affect their resolve. Add to that the fact that the Giants have a number of key players injured and it makes for an even more tentative proposition. Tuck, Baas and Jacobs are all most likely out for the game. They do have decent replacements, but still - the injuries have to hurt. Having said all of that, I took the Giants in my suicide pool.
I think we will see a healthy dose of DJ Ware and I am hopeful we will see Da'rel Scott get some action at RB. Seahawks are not very good defensively or offensively - but I do remember the last time Tavaris Jackson came to town as a starting QB for an opposing team. He was the starter for the Vikings on the worst day of Eli's career - I think he threw 100 INTs and 12 of them were returned for TDs. Or something like that - my memory is foggy. On the first series of the game (maybe the first play?) , Jackson hauled back and threw a long TD pass down the sideline and the Giants never really got back in the game.
I would like to see Mario Manningham have a big day tomorrow and I think the Giants will pay attention to his psyche and his ego and try to feed him the ball a bit. Last game, Cruz took a lot of his snaps and he caught only one ball. But Eli purposely and directly tried to console him, to make him feel like part of the team, on the sideline towards the end of the game. The camera showed Eli with hand on Manningham's shoulder, leaning down and talking to him. In the papers this week, Gilbride also went out of his way to say Manningham had a great game - that he was open often and ran great routes, but the ball just didn't come his way. Seahawks CBs are not great cover corners, maybe Giants try to hit Manningham deep down the sidelines.