With Plaxico Burress out the New York Giants should rely on its solid ground game on Sunday, with bruising running back Brandon Jacobs leading the way. The Giants are fourth in the league in rushing, averaging 157 yards a game. Jacobs leads the Giants in rushing with 244 yards on 50 carries and one touchdown, for a 4.9 yards-per-carry average.
How will the absence of wide receiver Plaxico Burress change Seattle’s defensive game plan? Frank Hughes talks to Hawks’ defensive coordinator John Marshall, and he says not much.
"We just got to play our stuff," Marshall said. "We have seen enough film on all of (their receivers), and our players are aware that they could get one guy or the other guy."
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says after three games T.J. Duckett has proved his value to the team so far this season.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Art Thiel previews the Seahawks-Giants game on his alma mater’s radio station, KPLU in this audio link.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press reports one of Seattle’s tasks defensively will be containing Jacobs.
Mike Holmgren talks to KJR’s Mitch Levy on Friday. Holmgren said Branch, if healthy, will probably play about half of the snaps on Sunday. We’ll have more from Holmgren after practice today.
Marcus Trufant receives high praise from the Giants receivers in this article from the New Jersey Star-Ledger reporter Mike Garafolo.
More Garafolo: The Giants regularly played against Julius Jones while he was in Dallas. But Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield says Jones looks like a new player for Seattle.
New York’s defense readies for an improved Seattle passing game.
Giants rookie Mario Manningham returns to practice after a bout of the flu and appears ready to play this week.
San Francisco 49ers
Even with the sacks and the turnovers, the 49ers will continue to try and push the ball down the field, according to this report from John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Frank Gore says he’s ready for the battle of wits between offensive coordinator Mike Martz and Patriots defensive guru Bill Belichick.
San Francisco defensive coordinator Greg Manusky talks to Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat about why he’s used five defensive backs so much this season.
Matt Burrows of the Sacramento Bee talks about the 49ers using the direct snap approach to Frank Gore, with Miami having success against the Patriots doing the same thing with Ronnie Brown.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that Anquan Boldin had surgery to repair a fractured facial bone and his return is uncertain.
Manny Ramirez and Edgerrin James are buds. No surprise here, given their free-spirit nature. Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley discusses the two’s friendship.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com writes that with Boldin out receive Steve Breaston must step up.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are still trying to find their team identity.
St. Louis Rams
With the firing of Scott Linehan and the elevation of Jim Haslett as head coach, Rick Venturi finds himself a defensive coordinator again, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Former Rams running back Lawrence Phillips continues down a troubled path. Phillips was sentenced to 10 years in prison for assault.