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November 9, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Seahawks: National media (with one exception) picking Seattle to beat Giants

Despite all the Seahawks’ recent struggles, the national media and major newspapers are lining up on Seattle’s side this week.

With one notable exception: Arizona’s Bob McMenamin picks the Giants to upset the Seahawks, 23-20.

All four of the Seattle Times writers picked Seattle. Same with ESPN.com’s experts. And on and on.

My count 40-1. But before Seahawks breathe a sigh of relief, few are picking a blowout.

Here’s a roundup of picks from national media and major newspapers.

SEATTLE TIMES

All four pick the Seahawks.

Bob Condotta – Eli Manning hasn’t thrown an interception in a career-high four straight games. He will Sunday as a Seattle defense getting a little healthier will put the clamps on the Giants in what should be a comfortable win. Seahawks 27, Giants 13

Jayson Jenks – The Seahawks return key players against the Giants, and the defense continues looking more and more like last year. Seahawks 31, Giants 14

Jerry Brewer  – For the first time since the season opener, the Seahawks blow out an opponent. Seahawks 27, Giants 10

Larry Stone – The Giants aren’t a very good team, they played Monday night, and Eli Manning threw five interceptions the last time these teams met. Throw in a rapidly improving Seattle defense and a healthier roster, and it spells a Seahawks victory. Seahawks 21, Giants 14.

ESPN.COM

All 13 pick the Seahawks

SI.COM

One picks the Seahawks

Don Banks – New York looked like a mess Monday night at home against the Colts, and the Giants’ plight won’t get dramatically better at Seattle on Sunday. I wrote this late last year and I’ll write it again now: Tom Coughlin is a Hall of Fame-bound coach, and he deserves to go out with much appreciation, respect and his head held high whenever his Giants tenure is over. But I firmly believe he has already done his best work in New York and won’t remotely approach reaching those heights again with the Giants. New York ownership giving him another year in 2014 hasn’t changed my opinion; it has only strengthened it. The Giants are headed for a non-playoff season for the fifth time in six years, and the time is right for Coughlin to declare his tenure a success and leave on his own terms. Not that I think he’ll make that choice. But he should. Seahawks 31, Giants 17

CBSSPORTS.COM

All eight pick the Seahawks.

Pete Prisco – This is a tough turnaround for a Giants team that didn’t play well against the Colts Monday night. Now they face the defending champs in one of the toughest places to play. The Giants will keep it close, but Seattle is too good at home.  Seahawks 23, Giants 20.

NFL.COM

All seven pick the Seahawks.

Elliott Harrison – Before you go assuming this game will be easy-peasy for the host Seahawks, remember all the times we’ve seen Tom Coughlin‘s Giants rebound from bad circumstances and string together some unlikely wins. I still expect Seattle to take this game, given that Richard Sherman can follow Odell Beckham Jr. (we’ve seen sequences in which Sherman has switched sides rather than sticking to one side as he did earlier this season).

Interesting side note: Beckham’s distributor, Eli Manning, has thrown 13 touchdown passes and one interception over the past six contests — and yet, the Giants are 3-3 over that stretch. Now, the Seahawks‘ pass defense has been fantastic over the past three weeks, allowing 179.3 passing yards per game. Then again, that was against Derek “Inexperienced Rookie Who Also Plays for the Raiders” Carr, Cam “I Throw Rocketballs on Back-shoulder Fades” Newton and Austin “Even I’m Shocked I’m Playing” Davis (love Davis, though). #NYGvsSEA Seahawk 24, Giants 20.

Adam Rank – Speaking of the Giants, I can’t see them winning. I don’t believe Eli is the complete mess he looked like Monday night. He received no help from most of his receivers. But put me in the camp of folks who expect the Seahawks to get right again. That might make me an idiot because, well, it’s me. But I still have a lot of faith in Seattle.

NEW YORK POST

Paul Schwartz – The Seahawks are experiencing what the Giants learned in 2008 and 2012 — it’s different when you are the defending Super Bowl champs.

They are in a scramble to make the playoffs and are grinding through injuries and, shockingly, have allowed 14 touchdown passes against their renowned Legion of Boom secondary.

The Giants are scuffling on so many levels it is difficult to envision a winning scenario for them. Seahawks 27, Giants 13

Seahawks 27, Giants 13

ARIZONA REPUBLIC

One pick for Giants

Bob McMenamin – Giants 23-20

BLEACHER REPORT

All six pick the Seahawks

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