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A preview of Sunday’s Giants-Seahawks game in Seattle.

Marquee Match

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett vs. Giants CB Adoree’ Jackson

It looks like DK Metcalf (knee) won’t be in this game, which means Jackson can focus on Lockett, who has 41 receptions for 468 yards and two touchdowns.

Lockett’s per-catch average of 11.4 yards isn’t anything special, but he carries just about anything he can reach and runs sharp routes.

Jackson never takes off and is willing to give up some things underneath, but runs well enough to keep the ball from going over his head.

Both Metcalf and Lockett (hamstrings) are listed as questionable.

Tyler Lockett and Adoree’ Jackson
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Paul’s choice

Winning in this cauldron of noise is never easy. Neither stops a determined Saquon Barkley. As long as defensive coordinator Wink Martindale can devise something to keep the rushing yards against his unit from rising too high, why can’t head coach Brian Daboll’s club find a way again?

Giants 24, Seahawks 20

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Prolific Hawks: It doesn’t seem to be true, but it is. Since Week 3 of the season, the Seahawks are averaging an NFL-high 31.8 points per game. They are second in passer rating, third in yards per game, fourth in rushing yards per game and sixth in third down efficiency. Part of the reason for that productivity: the Seahawks are one of the fastest teams in the league. They have three of the 10 fastest running back speeds in the league this season. There is also speed in defense.

“This might be the fastest team we’ve ever had,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “This team can fly.”

Keep them away: The best part of what the Giants do on defense is prevent runs: they’re sixth in the league, allowing 18.6 points per game. They are 25th in yards per play allowed. They gave up 452 yards last week to the Jaguars, but limited the damage to 17 points.

“Do we want so many meters? No,” said defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. “But sometimes it builds the character of your defense. It’s a resilient group, and we know what we need to work on and we’re working on it.

Leg man: How many times does Daniel Jones have to take off for a big win before we stop hearing comments like last week’s from Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs?

“A lot of people are really sleeping on his athleticism running and making big plays off of scrambles,” Diggs said.

Sleep on Jones’ ability to take off and run? Is anyone paying attention there? Heck, Jones had a career-high 107 rushing yards last week and thinks the Seahawks will be on high alert. This, however, was interesting from Diggs about Jones: “He’s not one of those guys who’s really trying to slide, he’s trying to get extra yards.”

Young runner: Rookie running back Kenneth Walker III is averaging 6.1 yards per rush attempt, and over the last three games he’s rushed for 88, 97 and 168 yards. On one of his four touchdowns, he was clocked at 22.09 mph, making him the fastest ball carrier in the league so far this season.

“He looks special,” said Giants nose tackle Dexter Lawrence, an excellent run-stuffer. “You can’t tackle him with one arm, he’s got good elusiveness, good speed. It’s going to take 11 guys to get in there and tackle him.”


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