Seahawks DEs Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock vs Eli Manning: This is actually the Seahawks’ entire defense vs. Manning, who is on a roll with a 105.6 passer rating and eight TD passes compared to two interceptions. In his past two games against the Seahawks, Manning has been even better – with a 130.5 rating while completing 40 of 57 passes for 557 yards with five TDs and no interceptions. The best way to disrupt the Giants’ 13th-ranked passing game is to disrupt Manning. That, of course, starts with Clemons and Brock being able to pressure the Giants’ QB off the edges. Neither had a sack last week, and that needs to change this week.
Seahawks LT Russell Okung vs. Giants DE Osi Umenyiora: Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson has not been sacked in the past six quarters, after being sacked 14 times in the first 2½ games. Umenyiora returned last week after sitting out the first three games with a knee injury, and he had two sacks and a forced fumble. The Seahawks’ passing game is visibly – and statistically – better when the line keeps Jackson “clean,” but Okung will have his hands full in trying to get that done on Sunday.