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Betting line favors Seahawks over Giants

Seattle SeahawksNew York Giants
11-2December 15, 2013, 01:00 | MetLife Stadium5-8

The Seattle Seahawks will be looking to take out some frustration on the cooked New York Giants. Bettors clearly like Seattle’s chances.

The Seahawks opened as 4.5-point favorites, but the point spread was sitting at Seattle -7 at most sports books early in the week.

Seattle has covered the spread in eight of 10 road games, but is coming off a road loss at San Francisco and faces a cross-country trip followed by an early kickoff. Luckily, a bad Giants team will be on the other side of the field.

The Giants were drubbed at San Diego last week. Quarterback Eli Manning threw his 20th interception, and the Giants were eliminated from the playoffs. The G-Men will be playing for pride on Sunday.

The past four meetings all played OVER the total, while the Giants have played five straight OVERs as home dogs.

They battle the Seahawks, currently with a 11-2 mark (9-4 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 7-6 for the Giants and 6-7 for the Seahawks.

View Seattle Seahawks vs New York Giants Odds and Stats.

Bettors who were going with the Giants in this one found them listed as 4.5-point underdogs on the betting line at 5Dimes. Totals bettors have seen that number set earlier in the week at 41.5 for Sunday.

The game pits the Giants, currently No. 20 in our OddsShark NFL Power Rankings, against the Seahawks, who rate No. 4 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 31-14 victory for the Seahawks.

Last time out for Seattle, they were a 19-17 loser as they battled the 49ers on the road. The Seahawks covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog, while 36 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. In their last game, the Seahawks were Week 14 losers coming out on the wrong end of 19-17 score against San Francisco. Hakeem Nicks hauled in 5 passes for 135 yards against the San Diego defense in the team's last game, but the result was a 37-14 loss against the Chargers on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 28-ranked offense (19.31 PPG) against a Seahawks defense that ranks No. 2 at 15.77 PPG. The Giants passing attack has averaged 233.69 yards per game, more than the Seahawks give up through the air (175.62 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Seahawks own the league's No. 19-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 121.57 yards per game when on the road. New York, on the other hand, rates No. 26 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Seahawks at Giants trends to consider:
Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Seattle is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games
Seattle is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
NY Giants is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
NY Giants is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
NY Giants is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Giants's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Seattle home to Arizona, Sunday, December 22nd
New York at Detroit, Sunday, December 22nd