The New York Football Giants (4-7) are set to travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks (8-3) on Sunday at 4:05 pm est. The Giants are winners of three straight games and are in first place in the NFC East. Seattle is coming off a win over Philadelphia last week 23-17. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones came out of Sunday’s game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury that he has been nursing all week. He took some throws Thursday, but was listed as DNP Wednesday and Thursday and was listed as doubtful for Sunday. Buckle up for Colt McCoy.
Edge: Jabaal Sheard
Sheard was added to the Giants on October 21st of this year and has seen his snaps increase due to injuries at the edge rushing position. Last week against Cincinnati he recorded his first sack with the Giants. In his career he has 52.5 sacks, and has a knack for getting to the quarterback. With the Giants losing Kyler Fackrell to IR this week, Sheard will likely get more snaps at that position, and may very well start. Look for Sheard to make his presence felt as he will be rushing one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Russell Wilson.
CB: James Bradberry
Bradberry may have his biggest task of the year this week as he will be matched up with rising star DK Metcalf. Metcalf is a physical receiver that high points the ball perfectly and uses his body and length to make great plays. Bradberry is tied second in the league in passes defended with 15, and has three interceptions to add to his resume. This will be a great matchup to watch for. Both players are playing their best football this year, and it will be a very competitive matchup. One player to be very careful of is Tyler Lockett who may not draw as much attention as Metcalf. This will be one of the biggest matchups of the year for Bradberry.
QB: Colt McCoy
Colt McCoy has not started a game since 2019 with Washington where he threw for 122 yards and an interception in a loss to New England. McCoy saw some game action last Sunday when Jones went down with a hamstring injury. McCoy has now had a full week to prepare as the starting quarterback versus Seattle, who’s defense has been improving. Their secondary is ranked in the bottom half of the NFL. Their secondary is one reason to give Giants fans hope against Seattle. McCoy isn’t going to have to play lights out against this defense, only if they contain the run game as they did against the Eagles Monday night. McCoy is a veteran who has started 28 games in his career. It will be interesting to see what the Giants offense puts together for Colt.
WR: Sterling Shepard
With a quarterback change for the Giants, McCoy is going to rely on a wide receiver he can trust, and to me that’s Shepard. Shepard has had 6 or more receptions in each of the last five games. Shepard is very valuable in the slot, and I could see the Giants using some quick passing to help McCoy spread the ball. That would include slants and out, small drag routes and curls (basically what the Giants have done most of the year). However, don’t be surprised if the Giants attack the ball down field against this secondary. McCoy took a few shots last week against the Bengals, including one to Tate that should have been flagged for DPI. Shepard could very well run a seam route and find an opening for McCoy to deliver. Shepard will be a beneficial part to the Giants offense Sunday.
S: Logan Ryan
Ryan has been having a great season with the Giants, playing at a Pro-Bowl level. He has been making plays in the second half of the season, whether it be snagging interceptions to forcing fumbles, he has been a leader on this defense. The Giants will be facing a very good Seahawks offense that has plenty of weapons. The Giants will need a big game from their defense, and there is no better than Logan Ryan to make that happen. Look for Ryan to do what he has been doing, making a game-changing play on defense to put the Giants in position to be successful.
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