SEATTLE – The NFL’s best surprise team is the New York Giants and this team is on a mission of destiny to win the whole thing. The Giants are 6-1 and looking to take control of the NFC. However, the Seattle Seahawks are finding a way to win with Geno Smith at the helm as this team won two straight games. Seattle is finding a way to get back on track and could come out of week eight with a huge upset win. Let’s take a look at this game and other games around the NFL.
This game could’ve easily been a primetime extravaganza if anyone knew these two teams would be part of the group vying for NFC top dog!
Instead, this game will be a late afternoon treat to fans on the East Coast and Central states looking to watch one of their favorite teams or at least a very intriguing matchup. This game will not disappoint at all as there is plenty of star power, particularly on offense.
We know about the Giants running game which will give the Seahawks defense its biggest test of the season trying to slow down Saquon Barkley who is healthier than ever before. The Giants promising young running back avoided a major injury so far and looks to continue his dominance against a normally high-powered Seahawks defense.
Speaking of dominant running games, Seahawks rookie running back Kenneth Walker III just had a pro bowl level performance against the Chargers as he rushed for 167 yards. Will he do it again against the Giants? Walker struggled through the first three games only rushing for a combined 58 total yards. Over the last two games, however, he rushed for a combined 264 yards. Although he perfectly illustrated the difference between the college football level and NFL level, he adjusted very well the last two games. Walker looks to follow that 167 yards performance with another 80+ rushing yards game against the 6-1 opponent. This is a big opportunity for this rookie to shine in a clutch moment. This is the type of game that separates the elite from the good or average. Fans will figure out just how good Walker is. It’s important to remember he showed top-level speed in his Michigan State days and in the NFL combine.
This epic clash features bragging rights and will impact the playoff picture in a bit way. This game will primarily be a contest of the running game but Giants quarterback Daniel Jones needs a big performance to prove the Giants made the right choice when they “reached for him” during the 2019 draft.
Even Smith wasn’t thought of as a perennial starter but after the Russell Wilson trade, Smith was given the opportunity to prove that he was always starting quarterback material. This is a prove-it game on so many levels and should be a truly epic game with a playoff feel to it.
Giants 35 Seahawks 28
Other top games to watch:
Atlanta Falcons (3-4) vs Carolina Panthers (2-5)
The closest contested NFC South is here to stay! Normally this game wouldn’t receive so much hype but with first place on the line, this game is so much bigger than these team records would indicate. The Panthers didn’t show much promise early on this season but this team quickly turned the corner with two wins. Is this team capable of winning consistently or will it be the same old struggles?
Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota is out to prove that he’s a true starter and not a glorified backup “journeyman” who’s out there for a brief moment. There was speculation that there would be a change to rookie Desmond Ridder but that might not happen this year. Mariota is playing solid football so far and looks to follow that up with a critical division win.
Falcons 38 Panthers 21
Buffalo Bills (6-1) vs Green Bay Packers (3-4)
This comes across as another prove-it scenario which is a theme for week eight. This time, an entire team, the Green Bay Packers needs to prove they can win the big game against one of the NFL juggernauts, the Buffalo Bills. Proving this can be done without DeVante Adams is a real struggle for the Packers but it must be done. Will Aaron Rodgers deliver or are his best days behind him?
On the other hand, Bills quarterback Josh Allen is still on a mission of absolute greatness in his quest to lead the Bills to a Super Bowl win which Buffalo waited many years for. Is the moment finally here? NFL fans will be one step closer to an answer.
Bills 42 Packers 28