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Fact or Fiction: Will Beckham face Sherman?


Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman will follow wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday. **


MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - **I think Sherman will stay on the left side so he can match up at times with the bigger and more physical Rueben Randle.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -In years past, Sherman has stayed put at LCB and not moved for long periods of time. This season, he has moved to the other side of the field a lot more, and with Beckham being the Giants big play threat at WR, I think we will see him follow him around from time to time on Sunday. It won't be every play, but it will be more plays than you would think.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -I scoured for Pete Carroll's game plan but unfortunately came up empty. So while I can't say for sure, I think Sherman will mostly stay on the left unless there's an injury or Beckham exposes something on the other side. Meanwhile, the Seahawks' secondary is also getting healthier with Byron Maxwell returning to practice yesterday, albeit on a limited basis.

Seattle still has the best defense in the NFL.


MICHAEL EISEN: Fact - **The current numbers suggest they're not quite the best, but they could certainly be back on top by season's end. And since we play them this week, I don't want to write anything that might tick them off. So yeah, they're No. 1.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -Seattle has battled injuries on defense this season, and until recently, struggled getting off the field on third down and forcing turnovers. They also only have 11 sacks, fourth-fewest in the league. But I believe those three areas of concern will improve in the second half of the season, and when all is said and done, they will sit atop the league in terms of defense.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -I thought it was always splitting hairs with San Francisco, but the 49ers have been up and down this season. The Seahawks are the reigning champs because of their defense, and they'll be that way until someone proves otherwise. And when they're at home? They're as tough as they come.

The Giants will hold Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to fewer than 100 rushing yards.


MICHAEL EISEN: Fact - **The run defense was much-improved last Monday vs. Indianapolis. That was certainly due in part to the success the Colts had throwing the ball. But the Giants took a stand on the ground after allowing so much yardage in their previous games at Philadelphia and Dallas. They could continue in Seattle, but they will be challenged.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -The Giants have a very banged-up secondary and they will be hard-pressed to bring extra men up to the line of scrimmage, which could leave their secondary exposed to big plays. I think Lynch will get to 100 yards, but it will take 20+ carries to get there.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -I think the Giants found something with the heavy defensive line rotation last week. Meanwhile, Lynch has gone over the century mark just once this year, in the season opener. He'll still have an impact just from his punishing style and the fact that the defense has to focus on him, but I don't think he gets to 100.

When all is said and done, the 2012 quarterback class will be regarded as better than 2004.

MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction -The 2004 first-round class of Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger has combined for four Super Bowl titles (and counting) and 727 touchdown passes (and counting). When the 2012 class approaches those numbers, then we'll talk.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -Out of the 2012 class, Andrew Luck will be the only one to approach the levels of Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. Russell Wilson is an excellent player and has a Super Bowl, but I don't think he has the throwing potential of those two. He is a notch below, probably somewhere around Phillip Rivers. Robert Griffin III should also be included in the conversation, but injuries have halted the progress of his career since he injured his knee.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -I was halfway through writing why I was going with "fact" before I switched to 2004, which is the proven commodity. In judging these things, you look at Super Bowls and Pro Bowls. And while 2012 is on a great pace, 2004 boasts a pair of two-time Super Bowl champions, including a two-time Super Bowl MVP in Eli Manning. Those are impressive, concrete accomplishments that will be tough for 2012 or any class to match, let alone surpass.

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