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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reaches up to grab a throw as he works out with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reaches up to grab a throw as he works out with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson opened up about why he wanted to join the Yankees, saying he was able to fulfill a promise to his father in doing so.

"The reason this is so special to me," Wilson told The MMQB's Peter King, "is that I used to always tell my dad I always wanted to be a Yankee. I said to him, 'Some day, Dad, I will be a Yankee.' And so now that dream has come true -- a little bit. My main, No. 1 focus is winning Super Bowls and winning football games. But the reality is that baseball has always been a major part of my life, and I couldn't be happier to be keeping that alive with the Yankees."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning lines up behind center during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning lines up behind center during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It is already another lost season late in his career, undone by a startling lack of talent around him, and no one would blame Eli Manning if he finally let his frustrations boil over. Yes, he could play better, but it still might not matter when so much around him is going so unbelievably wrong.

It has to be agonizing, frustrating, infuriating. Yet there Manning was Sunday night, after one of the worst offensive performances of his career, the same picture of calmness as he's always been. He didn't lament the fact that he's lost four of his top five receivers, that his team can't run the ball consistently, or that his offensive line might get him killed.

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This is all that mattered to Landon Collins: On a throw from Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter, deep into the end zone, the Giants safety went up for the ball and came down with the ball.

"It was an interception," Collins said.

Except it wasn't.

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Manning and the New York Giants recorded 177 yards of total offense as they fell to 1-6 with a 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.

A week after totaling 148 rushing yards against the Denver Broncos, New York's ground game recorded 46 rushing yards, led by Orleans Darkwa's 35. 

Russell Wilson threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns, including a 38-yard pass to Paul Richardson on a fourth-quarter flea flicker after Manning lost a fumble.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-5) vs. the Seattle Seahawks (3-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It might actually feel a little like fall by kickoff: a day with temperatures in the low 70s with partly cloudy skies and some moderate Meadowlands winds should be in the 60s by kickoff, heading down from there.

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New York Giants offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (76) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (76) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard and G D.J. Fluker are expected to play despite their injuries, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Fluker was a late addition to the Giants' injury report as he has a knee injury. However, it isn't that severe to have him sidelined against the Seahawks.

Fluker has played in five of six games this year (starting in two) and helped the Giants run for 148 yards last week against the Broncos.

Shepard, who was out last week with an ankle injury, is ready to give the Giants the boost they need at wide receiver. Being the only Opening Day starter on the field, he should be targeted by QB Eli Manning throughout the game. 

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Sheldon Richardson (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Sheldon Richardson (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets' defensive linemen are adjusting to life without Sheldon Richardson after the franchise traded him to the Seattle Seahawks for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, a 2018 second-round pick and swapped seventh-round picks.

Though Richardson was a former Pro Bowler, hesd coach Todd Bowles said the Jets' depth up front was a reason they could afford to trade the 26-year-old Richardson.

"That was our deepest position at the time," Bowles said, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. "Obviously, we have three other guys that can play and we have [Mike] Pennel that can play and we have Claude [Pelon] that can play. You don't replace a guy like that, you just do different things."

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Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Newly-acquired wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said he feels he has a lot to prove after the Seattle Seahawks traded him to the Jets for defensive end Sheldon Richardson.

"I'm here to do whatever I can to help this team win games," Kearse told reporters on Monday. "... I got a chip on my shoulder and I have a lot of things to prove."

The Jets acquired Kearse, who is entering his sixth season in the league, on Friday when they dealt Richardson, a 26-year-old Pro Bowl defensive end entering the final year of his contract, to the Seahawks. The Jets also received Seattle's 2018 second-round pick, and the two teams agreed to swap seventh-round picks.

"It was a good move for both parties," head coach Todd Bowles said on Monday. "... We needed an extra wide receiver, we needed an extra pick and they got a good player."

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GEICO SportsNite: G-Men Deja Vu? 00:03:12
Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti debate the Giants chances to make a deep run in the NFL Playoffs with a top ranked defense.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The New York Giants' road to Super Bowl LI begins in Green Bay, the site of two of the greatest triumphs of Eli Manning's career.

Their trip to Lambeau Field became official hours after the Giants finished up their 11-5 season with an impressive 19-10 win in Washington on Sunday afternoon. When the Packers (10-6) defeated the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday night, they clinched the NFC North title and the No. 4 seed in the NFC. That set up a date with the fifth-seeded Giants in the wild-card round Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Rashad Jennings, Seattle Seahawks, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)
Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)

While the New York Giants are still alive in the postseason and head to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card round, their 2017 opponents became official on Sunday.

The Giants will have four road games on the West Coast next season, traveling to face the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. 

In addition to home and road games against their division rivals, New York will travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next year.

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
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Marc Malusis and Jon Hein talk about the Giants? chances against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in their wild-card matchup.

The New York Giants will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the NFC wild-card round on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET in their first playoff appearance since winning Super Bowl XLVI.

Despite their 11-5 record being tied for second best in the NFC, the Giants are the No. 5 seed in the playoffs after they finished second in the NFC East to the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys. 

The Packers, who have won six in a row, finished 10-6 and are the No. 4 seed following their 31-24 win over the Lions on Sunday at Ford Field.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Odell Beckham Jr., Seattle Seahawks
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THE GAME: The Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at the Jets (1-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER: The current forecast calls for a gray fall day with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. There is at least some chance of a sprinkle or two, though, so it may not be completely dry.

ACTIVE/INACTIVE: Jets: Active: Quincy Enunwa, as expected, starts at WR for Eric Decker (shoulder) out. Also inactive: Jalin Marshall (shoulder); QB Bryce Petty, WR Jalin Marshall (shoulder), CB Darryl Roberts, OT Bradon Shell, and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

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Sep 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) dances on the sidelines during the third quarter during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 37-18. (Troy Wayrynen)
Sep 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) dances on the sidelines during the third quarter during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 37-18. (Troy Wayrynen)

During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

The Jets' ill-fated trip to Kansas City left the coaching staff with plenty to work on as they seek to avoid falling into a 1-3 hole to start the season. The Seahawks come to town having navigated a sluggish start to the year on offense to emerge with a 2-1 record. The teams last met in Seattle in 2012 where the Jets defense kept them in the game until the fourth quarter before Golden Tate sparked the Seahawks to rally for a 28-7 win. Can the Jets get their season back on track by beating a team that was expected to be one of the best in the NFC this year?

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA style!) to try and highlight what to watch out for.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Seahawks-Jets 00:03:05
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Jets must contain Christine Michael and the Seahawks' running game in order to win Sunday.

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THE GAME: The Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at the Jets (1-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER: The weekend rain and wind should have moved through in time for kickoff, so the current forecast calls for a gray fall day with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. There is at least some chance of a sprinkle or two, though, so it may not be completely dry.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolls out on a passing play during the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen/USA Today Sports Images)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolls out on a passing play during the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen/USA Today Sports Images)

Russell Wilson has never missed a start in his NFL career and he is fully intent on keeping that streak going.

The Seattle quarterback is dealing with a sprained left knee but vows to be on the field when the Seahawks visit the New York Jets on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX).

Wilson suffered damage to the medial collateral ligament while being tackled by San Francisco linebacker Eli Harold in last Sunday's victory over the 49ers. He began rehabbing the knee almost immediately and was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts after being injured in the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen/USA Today Sports Images)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts after being injured in the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen/USA Today Sports Images)

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday's win over the San Francisco 49ers and his status for next week's Seahawks-Jets game has yet to be determined, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"I don't think it's severe as it looked," Wilson said. "I have good mobility. ... You always feel better when you win."

Wilson threw for 243 yards and one touchdown, and had one three-yard rush in Sunday's 37-18 win.

The Jets host the Seahawks next Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Wide receiver Percy Harvin has a low-ankle sprain after his X-rays came back negative on Monday (ESPN, December 8).

Harvin was injured in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter of the Jets 30-24 loss against the Minnesota Vikings - arguably his best game since being traded from the Seattle Seahawks with five catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.

He was in a walking boot Monday after the good news that it wasn't a high-ankle sprain, which usually takes several weeks of recovery.

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The Giants (3-5) will attempt to end their three-game losing when they travel across the country to face the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks (5-3).

Kickoff: 4:25pm

Site: CenturyLink Field

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The Giants travel to Seattle with hopes of stealing a win against the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. The Giants are trying to avoid their fourth straight loss after winning three in a row.

"You spend a lot of time talking to your football team. It?s a short week to do that," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "We?ve had that opportunity in a couple of sessions and, you know, it?s an emotional thing. A lot of people don?t understand how emotionally draining it is, especially when you lose. To get over that and get moving, but I think we?re getting there."

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The 3-5 Giants take their jalopy of a team out to the Pacific Northwest to face the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks this Sunday. The way things have been going here for the Giants, it's a wonder how anyone could entertain the notion that they have even a remote chance of winning.

The Giants are once again overrun with key injuries this season and are going up against a Seattle team that is not exactly playing at the level they were last season. That shouldn't matter. This Giant team is not a clutch one, especially on the road.

The Giants have not beaten a winning team on the road since Week 6?of the 2012 season against San Francisco. Last season they won only three games on the road, period: at Washington, Detroit and the Philly, who started Matt Barkley at QB. The Giants won, 15-7, in a?game that featured?five Josh Brown FGs.

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With the Giants down Victor Cruz for this season and possibly part of next, many Giant fans may be wondering this morning why their team did not try to land Seattle Seahawks KR/WR Percy Harvin when his availability became known. Instead, it was the Jets who swung the deal.

The Giants are in need of a top WR, no doubt, but there are a bunch of reasons for the Giants to pass on Harvin.

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Each week during the regular season, I took at look at the Giants' media notes for the upcoming opponent.

With one week of footbal to go, here is a look at the Super Bowl media notes for both the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks,

The Broncos were hand down the best offense in the NFL this year, and the Seahawks were hands down the best defense. That should make for a great game Sunday.

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With just one game left, the NFC playoff picture isn't written in ink. Two games will decide division titles in both the NFC East and the NFC North, while somehow the New Orleans Saints are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs altogether if the Arizona Cardinals are able to sneak in.

Here is a look at where the NFC stands as of right now...

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The NFC is a little easier to understand when it comes to clinching scenarios, but more teams are involved in the process, especially the NFC North where the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears all still have a chance at the title.

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By Jon Wagner

In winding down a lost season, the New York Giants lost by 23 points for the second straight week on Sunday -- this time, they turned back the clock to the type of offensive futility that Giants fans haven?t suffered through since the mid-1990s.

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Not a pleasant experience for the Giants and their fans yesterday at MetLife Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks came in here and squashed what's left of the Giants" offense, 23-0.

"I expected a great effort today. I think defensively and with our special teams, we got it," said Tom Coughlin after the game. "Offensively we did not ? there?s no way to sugarcoat it. A pathetic offensive performance ? we didn?t block anybody, we didn?t make any plays, we didn?t create any opportunities for ourselves. I told the players who prepared and gave great effort that I appreciated what they did, and I told those that were obvious they had not, that I felt sorry for them because they?re missing the whole point."

GEICO SportsNIte has the post game reaction from the Giants' locker room:

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The Giants defense knew it would be a tough test today against the Seattle Seahawks, the NFC's top team that bolsters not only a strong running game, but also an offense that effectively utilizes the passing game. ?However, they had no idea that stepping onto the field at MetLife Stadium, they would have to battle not only a team predicted to make it to the Super Bowl, but also their own offense.

With five turnovers on the day, all interceptions by Eli Manning, the Giants defense was put in difficult situations on the field, countless times and although the final score was a blowout, 23-0, the blame cannot be on the defense. a unit that showed the only sign of life in a game that was just painful to watch.

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The Giants have been locking up the best rushers in the league this season and now will face Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, who is currently fifth in the NFL with 1,042 yards. On defense, the Seahawks sport the league's top pass defense.

Vegas has made Seattle 7-point favorites and the over/under is a very moderate 41 1/2.

I don't expect a who lot of scoring, so the OU looks pretty much in line. The Seahawks are a lock to win at home, but on the road they have lost twice and in several games, had difficulty scoring. ?That doesn't mean they won't come in and trounce the turnover-prone Giants.

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The Seattle Seahawks, led by CB Richard Sherman, have the NFL's top-rated defense.

The Giants (5-8) try to make a stand at respectability when they host the NFC's top seed, the Seattle Seahawks (11-2), this afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern

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It has been a long, and frustrating season for the New York Giants offense. From the inability to run the ball for a majority of the year, to Eli Manning and the receiving core failing to find any sort of chemistry to generate points.

If there has been just one positive this season, it's?been worth every penny; and that is the play of Victor Cruz, who signed a five-year contract extension worth more than $43 million in July and may be worth way more than that after the struggles of the Giants offense came full-circle.

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These are the types of weeks I envisioned earlier in the season?

I won with the Cardinals, Saints and 49ers last week, but of course the Giants were a major disappointment

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is coming back to the Meadowlands this week, a place he knows very well having coached both the Jets and the Patriots in the 1990's. A west-coast guy by nature, Carroll has spent this millennium coaching at USC and now the Seahawks.

He's coming back to the area with the NFC's top-rated team and will play this Sunday in the stadium that will host the Super Bowl in less than two months.

"No, we?re not looking at it that way," Carroll told reporters Wednesday. "We?re just trying to get there and get focused on this game and take care of business and we?ve talked about that a long ways down the road.? That really shouldn?t be in our business at all right now."

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Just three weeks left of the NFL season and the playoff picture in the NFC is still very much in flux. Both the Seahawks and the Panthers suffered losses this past week, but which hurts more than the other? In a battle in the blizzard, the Eagles were able to secure a huge win against the Lions, and coupled with a Cowboys loss, Philly is in the driver seat in the NFC East. Speaking of the NFC East, the Giants and the Redskins embarrassed themselves over this past week with blowout losses, while the cross-country Niners are inching closer to becoming the best of the best in the conference. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 14...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(11-2):?Say what you want about the Seahawks. Yes, they lost to the Niners this past week. Yes, they are still at the top of my list in the NFC. Yes, they are still the BEST team in the NFC right now, and if Seattle can clinch home-field advantage this weekend, the odds of them booking a flight to New Jersey for the Super Bowl are very high. If not for a busted defensive play that setup the Niners in FG range late in the game, Seattle might be singing a different tune, but nonetheless they are still the team to beat in the NFC. Believe me, the Seahawks will?learn from this road loss and?only get better, because that is the type of team that they are.?Ranking last week: 1

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Each week, I will be taking a look at the Giants? media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.

In Week 15, the Giants (5-8) host the Seattle Seahawks (11-2) in a game in which Big Blue has little shot of winning.

The Giants were officially eliminated from playoff contention against the Chargers, while the Seahawks currently hold the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(11-1):?It didn't take long for the Seahawks as they proved once again, that home-field advantage could be the deciding factor this year in the playoffs, and luckily for them, it looks like the NFC Playoffs will go through Seattle. The Seahawks had their foot on the gas pedal from kickoff and jumped out to an early lead at the end of the first quarter 17-0. While their offense was impressive, the defense has to be commended for holding future Hall of Famer Drew Brees to just 147 yards through the air, a number that just doesn't look right next to Brees' name as he usually racks up 300+ yards a game. Russell Wilson & Co. didn't look back and routed the Saints by a final score of 34-7. If Peyton Manning wasn't having the year he is, Wilson would have to be considered for MVP. Face the facts, the Seahawks are easily the best in the NFC. Ranking last week: 1

2. Carolina Panthers (9-3): Praying for a Saints loss, the Panthers got their wish, setting up a matchup against New Orleans with first place in the NFC South on the line. Carolina won their eighth straight game against the Buccaneers, and their defense shined, holding Tampa Bay to just two FG's. Cam Newton had another mediocre game, throwing two touchdowns accompanied by two interceptions, but it didn't matter in the end. Maybe his mind was still on Auburn shocking Alabama just a day earlier, who knows. But the Panthers are on a roll, and when teams end the season hot, it can only bode well for them. Will the Panthers defense eat up the Saints like the Seahawks did? My money is on Carolina. Ranking last week: 3

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(10-1):?An idle week for the Seahawks as they prep for one of the biggest games of the season against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. These two teams have been #1 or #2 for a majority of the season so this could be a preview of the NFC Championship matchup in a couple of months that a lot of people are hoping for. Grab your popcorn everybody. Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (9-2):?A matchup against the Atlanta Falcons that lost a lot of?its lust?when the Falcons started to tank. Drew Brees didn't have a record-breaking week, throwing for just 278 yards and two touchdowns, but he got the job done. Jimmy Graham continues to reassert himself as one of the NFL's best TE's, racking up 100 yards receiving and throwing down a slam dunk after a TD that bent the field-goal post. The Saints are chomping at the bit as they get ready for a battle against the top dog in the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks. Can the Saints break?Seattle's 12-game winning streak at?home? If any team could do it, it's New Orleans.?Rankings last week:?2

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(10-1):?The Seahawks claimed their 13th home victory in a row in impressive fashion by picking apart the Minnesota Vikings as they head into the bye week. Their defense wasn't as?impressive as previous weeks, giving up 336 yards of total offense to a team ranked 25th in the NFL in passing and 17th in rushing.?I am starting to believe the Saints or the Panthers would give the Seahawks a real test, and luckily, after?Seattle is off this week, they host New Orleans.?Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (8-2):?Another game riddled by a controversial call, this time involving Drew Brees as he took a pounding to the upper body?from Niners Ahmad Brooks that was?flagged,?and gave Brees and the Saints another shot down the field that they wouldn't give back. Saints?kicker Garrett Hartley would hit three?FG's in the fourth quarter, including a last second 31-yarder that would give?New Orleans their?eighth win of the season. Brees looked somewhat human on Sunday, throwing just one touchdown and one interception for 305 yards, while the Saints running game was?next to invisible.?Rankings last week:?2 3. Carolina Panthers (7-3): Say what you want about the controversial call on Monday night against the Patriots in the final seconds of the game; the Panthers deserved to win that game. Cam Newton led his team down the field as well as any quarterback has this season and completed a 25-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. to give Carolina?their sixth straight win. Amazing....a couple of weeks ago we were?saying that the Panthers should pull the plug on head coach Ron Rivera and claim Newton a bust; talk about a turnaround. This team can compete with the?big?boys, not only in the NFC, but?the entire NFL.?The?Panthers are licking their chops as week 13 approaches when they travel to New Orleans.?Ranking last week: 3

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Looks like I?m back into my early season trend with a 1-3 showing in Week 10?

The Ravens beat the Bengals; the Cowboys got embarrassed; the Giants won but did not cover; but I got the win with the Panthers over the 49ers.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(9-1):?Talk about?scraping away the rust. The Seahawks rebounded from some poor performances on the road?as they?picked apart the Falcons and moved to 9-1 in the record column. Russell Wilson finished the day with 287 yards and two touchdowns, while Marshawn Lynch lived up to his name "Beast Mode" and ran for 145 yards on 24 carries. Not many teams will test the Seahawks when they are running on all cylinders and this game was over by halftime. Maybe a Falcons team that was completely healthy would have been able to compete, but this game was over by halftime. Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (7-2):?Give Picasso a paintbrush and he will make a masterpiece...that was more or less the saying for Drew Brees and the Saints as they embarrassed the Cowboys on Sunday night. Brees was flawless against a battered Dallas defense, completing 83 percent of his passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns. The?New Orleans running game account for the other three touchdowns that were split up between Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas who combined for 242 yards on the ground...talk about heavy artillery. The reformed defense under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is something to be talked about as well, allowing just 193 yards and 17 points. Rankings last week:?33. Carolina Panthers (6-3): Here they come! The Panthers won their fifth straight game on Sunday against the defending NFC champions San Franciso 49'ers and may finally be shutting down any sort of doubt that critics have about the team. Their stout defense has led the way as they rank second in league against the run, points allowed and yards allowed. This team is exciting to watch with Cam Newton at the helm?and playmakers such as DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith have allowed this team to pass the so-called "litmus test" of the week against the Niners. The Panthers still have two games against their NFC South division rival, the New Orleans Saints, a series that could determine who holds the crown. Carolina is perhaps the most balanced team in the NFC in terms of offense and defense, and?although four out of the five teams they?have beaten on their streak?have an under .500 record, a Sunday night matchup against the?New England Patriots is must-see football.?Ranking last week: 6

Tags: New York Giants, nfc power rankings, panthers, saints, seahawks, tom uddo
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Even with four teams in the NFC having off this past week, there was still some outcomes that affected my rankings. Seattle was able to turnaround a disastrous start against Tampa Bay and inch out a victory in overtime against the still winless Buccaneers; keeping them at the top spot in the NFC. The Saints however, were not so lucky as they suffered a stunning loss to the New York Jets on the road and showed that Drew Brees is indeed human. More importantly, the Green Bay Packers were without their star QB Aaron Rodgers for a majority of their Monday night loss against the Chicago Bears and will lose Rodgers for several weeks with a broken collarbone; shaking up the rankings even more. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 9...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(8-1):?The Seahawks have been cutting it close when it comes down to these games. Each week they have been on the brink of defeat, and this week was no different. Down 21 points to the winless Buccaneers, all signs pointed to Seattle facing their first defeat at home since 2011. But the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson were able to muster up a stunning comeback and leave CenturyLink Stadium with an overtime victory, keeping their streak at home alive. This team has shown tremendous resilience when they needed it the most. RB Marshawn Lynch had?his way with the Tampa Bay defense, carrying the ball 21 times for 121 yards. Should?Seattle be worried? I don't think so.?The way the Seahawks have strung together this steak is amazing and?when their backs have been up against the wall, even?against teams like the Rams and Buccaneers, they have found a way to walk away with a victory. This team is STILL the cream of the crop in the NFC.?Ranking last week: 1

Tags: aaron rodgers, cowboys, eagles, giants, Jay Cutler, New York Giants, NFC East, nfc power rankings, nick foles, saints, seahawks, tom uddo, Tomy Romo
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Another 2-2 week after the Giants and Saints came through. But the Seahawks and especially the Jets disappointed.

No Giants? pick this week since they?re on a bye, so I will substitute with another game.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

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All it will take is a few good weeks in a row to get right back to the .500 mark ? or even better. I have to say though, it?s been very difficult to pick games this season, as there have been plenty of surprises.

The Chiefs and Bears came up short for me last week, but I earned wins with the Giants and Packers.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Tags: giants, Jets, New York Giants, NFL, nfl picks, NY Giants, ny jets, saints, seahawks, SNYGiants
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Another shift in the rankings this week as we witnessed the New Orleans Saints being taken down by the New England Patriots late yesterday, and in turn, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers both churning out victories. This week, we will take a look at the rankings by the numbers, as they do a justified job of telling the story in the NFC. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 6...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(5-1):? The number - 11?- The number of consecutive games the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson have won at home. They always talk about the 12th man on the field, but playing in Seattle may be the hardest thing any team has to do all season. If the Seahawks can claim home-field advantage in the NFC, they?just might?the easiest road to the Super Bowl. Even with?five fumbles?yesterday against the Tennessee Titans and no touchdowns for Wilson, the Seahawks were able to rattle off their fifth win of the season. Ranking last week: 2

Tags: giants, New York Giants, nfc power rankings, Niners, saints, Seattle Seahawks, tom uddo, week 6
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For the first time since week 2, we have a new number one in the NFC as the New Orleans Saints have moved up to the top with the Seattle Seahawks losing to the Indianapolis Colts. I don't always associate a loss with an automatic switch in the rankings, but the Saints dominated the Chicago Bears on Sunday, while the Seahawks couldn't stop a late Colts rally. The Atlanta Falcons continue to drop, as they suffered another loss last night to the New York Jets and fall to a surprising 1-4, with the playoffs slowly slipping out of their reach. In a critical NFC North?matchup, the Green Bay Packers were?hold the?Detroit Lions to just?nine points in their?win, while the Dallas Cowboys lost?a high scoring shootout?with the Denver Broncos where close to 100 points were scored between the two teams. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 5...

Tags: New York Giants, NFC, nfc power rankings, rankings, saints, seahawks
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Another brutal week for some teams in a Sunday that was packed with upsets and several close calls that resulted in late game finishes. The Detroit Lions were the biggest surprise of the weekend, as they forced three turnovers from the undefeated Chicago Bears in a win that ties them atop the NFC North. The Washington Redskins finally notched their first win of the season, while the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants all suffered losses. Last night, New Orleans hosted the Miami Dolphins and completed the rout that pushed them to 4-0; making a case that they will strongly compete for the NFC conference (the Saints meet the Seattle Seahawks in week 13 in a much anticipated matchup).? Here are my NFC Power Rankings for Week 4...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(4-0): Not much to say except that the Seahawks were handed?a gift on Sunday?against the Houston Texans.?What looked like their first loss of the season was anything but that. Down 20-3, the Seahawks were able to rally and beat the Texans in?overtime.?A key play;?CB Richard Sherman picked off?Texans QB Matt Schaub for a touchdown?in the?fourth quarter on a poorly thrown?ball and an even worse play call by Houston. Seattle has shown that it can win tight games and faces a tough test next week when they travel to Indianapolis to face?Andrew Luck and the Colts.?Seattle's 62-point score?differential speaks for itself; this team?can score and their defense is one?of the best in the NFL.??Ranking last week: 1

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Talk about a wild week in the NFC. If someone were to tell me that the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, and Atlanta Falcons were going to be under .500 after week 3, I wouldn't of believed it. But so is the case after the third week in the NFL. We are seeing the toll that injuries are playing on teams as well as some poor performances by star players. Here are your NFC Power Rankings for the week 3...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(3-0): Not much of a test against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. The huge spread?was tough to swallow?(19.5 points), but the Seahawks lived up to the deal, crushing the Jags by a final of 45-17. Seattle is easily the best team in the NFC right now and will travel to Houston next week to face the Texans in what should be a defensive battle. After routing the 49ers last week, you have to wonder who will stop the Seahawks from easily?taking the NFC crown. Ranking last week: 1

Tags: New York Giants, NFC, nfc power rankings, seahawks, tom uddo
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Rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III of Washington and Russell Wilson of Seattle lead their teams into the playoffs. Griffin (102.4) and Wilson (100.0) are the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to post a 100.0+ passer rating.

Both rookie QBs have been complemented by strong running games. For the Redskins, rookie running back Alfred Morris finished second in the NFL with a team-record 1,613 rushing yards. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lunch ranked third in the league with 1,590 yards and was selected to his second Pro Bowl (first with Seattle).

Seattle and Washington enter the postseason as two of the hottest teams in the league. The Seahawks have won five in a row and seven of their past eight while the Redskins are riding a seven-game winning streak and are the fifth team in NFL history to make the playoffs after a 3-6 start.

Tags: NFC, NFC East, NFC Playoffs, NFL, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins
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The wild card round of the playoffs starts Saturday, and there are a few good matchups to watch.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Week 17 Record: 2-2

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, colts, NFL, playoffs, Editorial Aside, seahawks, texans, vikings, wild card round
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Lots of shaking up in the NFC playoff picture this week. Even with all the possible scenarios, if the Giants win both games, they make the playoffs.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 12-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons rebounded in a huge way after a Week 14 loss to the Panthers to pound the Giants. This is the type of win that could give a team momentum heading into the playoffs.

2.?Green Bay Packers 10-4 (Last week, 2): The Packers clinched the NFC North division title with a win over the Bears.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 49ers, Falcons, giants, NFC, NFC Rankings, packers, Editorial Aside, power rankings, seahawks
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