Seahawks brace for winter weather against Giants

Seahawks brace for winter weather against Giants
"This is football weather." Dec. 14, 2013, Photo by @rodmarphoto, via Seahawks on Instagram.

SEATTLE -- There's a Winter Storm Warning in New York and New Jersey this weekend, and the Seahawks are heading right into it. 

That's because they face the Giants in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday.

The National Weather Services expects four-to-eight inches of snow and freezing rain in the area between Saturday and Sunday morning.

"I'm kind of hoping there is snow," said quarterback Russell Wilson. "Playing in snow is one of the things I've always wanted to do."

Wilson practiced in the snow when he played at the University of Wisconsin, but he's never seen the white stuff during a game.

"I'm looking forward to the snow," he said.

Safety Earl Thomas has played in the snow before. It was the 2010 playoffs against the Bears. With flurries falling at Soldier Field, the Seahawks lost 35-24.

"It was a little distracting at first, but you kind of get past it," Thomas said this week. "I'm glad I had a chance to play in that environment before. It can prepare me for this game coming up."

Aside from past experiences, there's no way for the Seahawks to truly brace for the snow. Although, practicing outside in Seattle during the winter has its perks.

"We have enough weather here that it can get us ready," said head coach Pete Carroll. "Hopefully, we'll take care of that and benefit from it."

Carroll expects weather to be an issue during the last three games of the season (one in New Jersey and two in Seattle) and into the playoffs.

"This is a great opportunity for us to really click into that mode," Carroll said. "We need to do all the things to take care of the ball. The focus and emphasis on that is going to be crucial."

The running game is always a big part of Seattle's offensive attack, but it will be that much more important if it's snowing on Sunday.

"These are the potential conditions where (the running game) can be very important," said Carroll. "There's no question the ball is a big issue when the weather is bad."

If the snow stops falling by Sunday morning (as predicted), the conditions will still be cold during the game. The high temperature in East Rutherford is only supposed to be 36 degrees (with a low of 18) on Sunday.

Kickoff between the Seahawks (11-2) and Giants (5-8) is scheduled for 10am (PT) at MetLife Stadium. Seattle is 2-6 all-time against the Giants on their home turf.