I picked the Giants to win this game, 24-20, when I submitted my picks to the paper earlier in the week. That was the prediction I submitted for our season preview section. Something made me call the paper this week to change my prediction before it ran Friday. I went with the Seahawks winning by the same score. In the end it was just hard to pick against a team that has won 22 of its last 25 regular-season home games, even when the visiting team controlled the game. How many times have we seen an opponent come in, take control and then find a way to lose? Take the Cowboys last season. Drew Bledsoe throws an interception in the last minute, Jordan Babineaux returns the ball to the brink of field-goal range and steps out of bounds with a couple seconds left. Josh Brown runs on and hits a 50-yarder as time expires. Illogical.
Everyone knows what happened to the Giants last season. Things just seem to happen to visiting teams at Qwest. It defies logic, but it happens. Perhaps this week is different. Seattle certainly hasn't looked very good on offense this season. I do think they have their best offensive line on the field this week, however. Chris Spencer looked great in training camp and the exhibition season. They went with Floyd Womack out of what seemed to be some sense of loyalty, and probably because he was more experienced. But Spencer seemed to be one of the top three or four linemen in camp. He makes the line more aggressive, I would think.
Another part of me thinks the Seattle defense is on some sort of mission. I don't base this entirely on what happened against Detroit and Arizona, who are probably non-playoff teams. I base it on being around these guys, seeing their approach, seeing what overall speed can do, and what depth on the defensive line means.
Sean Locklear noted the other day that Michael Strahan played every snap against him last season. Hey, if I coached Strahan, I would want him on the field all the time too. But he is 34 years old and hasn't had a sack in his last five regular-season games. He'll probably get one Sunday, but my point is really about the Seattle defense. They rotate guys up front, without any dropoff. They basically have nine starting-caliber defensive linemen. Throw in the home crowd, throw in a quietly improved secondary and I'm not expecting the Giants to rack up 490 yards, as they did at Qwest last season. We'll see. Should be a fun game to watch. Almost no outcome would surprise me.