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NFL Week 9 Weather Impact

It’s going to be a long cold rainy day for the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday when they host the New York Giants. With Matt Hasselbeck out and Charlie Whitehurst in for Seattle, the Giants look like they’re a lock to cover the 7-point spread on the road.

Seattle is coming off a 33-3 pounding at the hands of the Oakland Raiders last week where their offensive line allowed eight sacks on Hasselbeck, eventually causing the quarterback to suffer a concussion. Now Charlie Whitehurst will have to step in against a Giants defensive line that has already knocked out five quarterbacks this season.

With a 60% chance of rain in Seattle on Sunday the wet conditions will only make it tougher on Whitehurst, who is making his first NFL start. Whitehurst will be lucky to make it through the day, let alone spark the Seattle offense against a Giants defense that’s ranked second in the league.

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Look for New York’s fourth-ranked rushing offense to control the clock for most of the game for a one-sided victory. Even with a 40-point total, the UNDER bet looks like the way to go in this one if you consider that most of the action, from both teams, will be on the ground. It looks like Seattle is going to have another difficult week of trying to put points on the board.

The only other game this week that might see some rain will be played in Oakland when the Raiders host the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC West battle. Despite having the better record, the Chiefs are the underdogs on the road as the Raiders will have a small 2.5-point spread to cover at home.

The two teams rank first and second in the league in rushing offense but it’s the Chiefs that are seventh in the league against the run. The Oakland defense has struggled against the run this year, and is currently ranked 26th in the league in that category. We don’t see a banged up Oakland team covering even 2.5 points against the Chiefs.