The New York Giants will be watching the playoffs from their couches again this postseason. After an embarrassing 37-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers last Sunday. The Giants were eliminated from playoff contention. This will be the second straight year the Giants will miss the playoffs after winning their second super bowl in four years just two years ago. With just three games left in the season now, New York will be playing for pride and will have the opportunity to upset the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks, this Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
The Seahawks, who stand at 11-2 on the season, can lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs on Sunday with a win against Big Blue and a loss by the New Orleans Saints. They can also clinch the NFC West division with a win and a San Francisco 49ers loss as well.
"They have all of the elements", said Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on the Seahawks powerful offense. "The quarterback gives them a lot of confidence. Marshawn Lynch is running the ball extremely well. The offensive line, they work well together as a group. I don't know if people look at them as big name guys, but they work well together as a group."
The Seahawks offense lead by second year quarterback Russell Wilson, are on of the best offenses in the NFL and Wilson has put himself in the discussion for NFL MVP this season.
"I know it's only his second year, but he has a lot of poise," said Fewell of Wilson. " He doesn't seem to panic and has great vision down the field. He can get on the perimeter, he can see the entire field, he can start to escape and run the football and if somebody comes open, he can dump it off. It seems like his eyes are always down the field and he's always looking to find the open person. If the person is not there, then he has a good enough burst that he can get a good five, six, seven, ten yards or whatever to keep the chains moving. I'm just very impressed with his poise and his ability to see the field."
Besides Wilson, the Seahawks have another great player in running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch who has been tremendous so far this season averaging 4.3 yards a carry and rushing for ten touchdowns. Fewell spoke with reporters on what separates Lynch from the other top running backs in the league.
"I think, as I said earlier, the offensive line gelling together," noted Fewell. "Marshawn is a hard runner. I was fortunate enough to be with him in Buffalo and he goes into Beast Mode, what he calls, so he'll take on a linebacker or he'll take on a safety, or he'll take on a defensive lineman. He'll challenge them in the hole and then he has the ability to step in the hole and get out of the hole and accelerate down the field. He has all of the elements of a complete back."
Even though the Giants have nothing to play for and this is a big game the Seahawks need win, the Giants are gonna lay down and are ready to compete against the team from the Northwest.
Fewell talked about what he expects in the play regarding his defense .
"We're competitors. We love to compete and we love to play this game and we work to earn the right to play more football," noted Fewell. "That's not in our cards right now. We're competing and when I walked in the room on Wednesday, their eyes were up, they were attentive… They were looking like, ‘What's the plan? Let's go play football.' And so there was no ‘rah-rah' or anything like that. I think our guys are pretty resilient. I think they like to compete and they want to go out and play football."
The Giants will be playing just for pride these last three games of the season, but at 5-8, they can make what looked like to be a losing season starting 0-6 into a .500 campaign.