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Preview: Giants at Seahawks

A pair of first-place teams will collide Sunday when the New York Giants travel to the Emerald City to face the Seattle Seahawks.

Yes, that's right, the Seahawks (4-3) are a first-place team in the NFC West, although they looked more like a division doormat last week in a lopsided 33-3 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Seattle managed just 162 yards of total offense and the combination of Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett and Leon Washington rushed for a meager 47 yards. Furthermore, the Seahawks didn't gain a first down until three minutes before halftime.

Pete Carroll's club also permitted eight sacks against the Raiders, with Matt Hasselbeck suffering a mild concussion in the onslaught. The veteran quarterback has been ruled out for Sunday's tilt against the Giants (5-2).

In his place, Charlie Whitehurst will receive his first NFL start. The backup quarterback has been practicing with the first team this week in preparation for an aggressive New York defense, which has knocked out five quarterbacks this season.

Ready for the roll call? Well, there's Jay Cutler and Todd Collins (Chicago), Shaun Hill (Detroit) and Matt Moore (Carolina).

The fifth name added to the list was Tony Romo, who suffered a broken collarbone as the Giants recorded their fourth straight victory with a 41-35 triumph over the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 25.

Michael Boley provided the signature hit against Romo, knocking out the Cowboys quarterback early in the second quarter to significantly alter the course of the game. Dallas had led 10-0 prior to Romo's injury.

The Giants' defense - which has accounted for 24 sacks this season - is led by Osi Umenyiora (eight sacks) and Justin Tuck (four sacks). The team is still dealing with the loss of prize defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (four sacks), who is out for the season with a herniated cervical disk.

Offensively, Eli Manning has aired it out this season, throwing for 1,785 yards to go along with his 14 touchdowns. Manning has also been hampered by a number of high throws and tipped balls, as his league-high 11 interceptions will attest.

Hakeem Nicks has proven to be Manning's preferred target of choice. The second-year wideout has collected eight touchdowns this season, including a pair against the Cowboys. His eight scores are just one shy of San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates for the league lead.

Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 200 total yards against Dallas' woebegone defense, but may have a tougher time against the defensively stout Seahawks. Bradshaw is fourth in the league with 708 rushing yards.

Seattle also returns home to Qwest Field, where it has won all three games this season and recorded 12 of its 13 turnovers.

In addition, the noisy confines have hampered the Giants, who have dropped their last four games in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, the last time New York visited Seattle and walked out with a victory, well, Ray Perkins was its coach. If you're keeping score, that was 1981.

New York, which got a bit healthier after its bye week, remains tied with the Atlanta Falcons (5-2) and the surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) for the best record in the NFC.

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