- Associated Press - Sunday, October 9, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - There seems to be a common feeling among the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks relating to last year’s meeting between the teams.

Just forget it.

The Giants went to Seattle and did everything right in posting a 41-7 victory in a game that was over by halftime.

Nothing is going to change that, so it’s time to move on.


“There are no gimmes in this league,” Giants guard David Diehl said. “Just because last year was lopsided will have no effect on this game and this year. We’re not taking it that way. We know we need to make improvements. We’re going to have to go out there and earn this one.”

The Giants (3-1) are coming into Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium against the Seahawks (1-3), riding a three-game winning streak that has been highlighted by fourth-quarter comeback wins over Philadelphia and Arizona the past two weeks.

Seattle is coming off a tough loss to Atlanta and will be playing its final game before a bye. Entering the week with a fourth loss is not the way to go on vacation.

“It is really important,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of getting a win.

“It was important last week and it will continue to be every week. Every game is enormous and every game is a championship game for us. You just have to do everything you can to get that opportunity going your way. With the bye coming up, it would be great to go into the bye with a win and feeling like we are growing. We are such a young team and we need all the confidence builders we can get.”

The Giants are going to have to do a lot of studying to prepare for the Seahawks, who have changed roughly half of their starters since last season.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck signed with Tennessee as a free agent and he has been replaced by the more nimble Tavaris Jackson, the former Viking who posted a 2-1 record as a starter against the Giants.

Leon Washington, the former Jet who gives Seattle one of the top returners in the league, said the Seahawks have turned over more than personnel.

“These guys here, they’re young, they’re eager, they’re hungry, they’re ready to go,” Washington said.

“We’re looking to improve. The past few weeks we’ve been improving every game. I know our record doesn’t show it, but we have been improving. We’re looking to improve and like I said, last year doesn’t dictate anything that’s going on this year. This is a whole different season from last year.”

The one player the Seahawks have to contain is Eli Manning. The Giants‘ quarterback has completed 40 of 57 for 557 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in helping the Giants beat Seattle in their past two games by a combined 85-13 margin.

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