Giants (1-5) vs Seahawks (3-2)
is coming off their bye week. Just before that, they had a 16-10 victory over
Los Angeles for their first road win this season. Their defense came up with five
turnovers, and held the Rams scoreless over the second half of the game to claim
The Giants came up with a big
upset over Denver last week. Down a number of regular starting receivers, they
went all out with their running game against the Broncos top run defense. They
came up with their first win of the season, 23-10.
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Pete Carroll took over the head
coaching job in 2010, and the Seahawks managed to get into the playoffs with a
7-9 record. They went 7-9 in 2011, but since then have won ten games or better
each season, and have been in the playoffs
every single year. They were the Super Bowl Champ in 2013. The team suffered a
number of injuries last year, and got as far as the divisional playoffs where
Atlanta took them out.
This year they're
2-0 at home playing against the 49ers and Colts. On the road they're 1-2 with
a win over the Rams and losses to the Packers and Titans.
Seahawks were a top five team in rushing four years straight up until last year.
Playing without Marshawn Lynch, who is now with the Raiders, their ranking dropped
to 25th in the NFL, averaging just less than 100 yards a game. In the offseason
they signed Eddie Lacy. They improved a bit off that with rookie Chris Carson
leading the way, but he broke his ankle in the Colts game, and without him in
the next game they ran for just 62 yards. Russell Wilson ran for 16, and wide
receiver Tyler Lockett had 7.
all on the running backs though. They had the youngest offensive line in the NFL
last year and realized they needed to add some veteran help in free agency. They
did and are still working to find the best offensive line combination. Wilson's
passing numbers have been consistent over his entire career. You can count on
him completing over six out of every ten passes, and he's at 62.4 percent right
Wilson's top receiver continues to be Doug Baldwin who tied a team record
with 94 catches last year. One of his favorite targets over the last three games
has been tight end Jimmy Graham with 17 catches on 25 passes for 170 yards and
the defense for the Seahawks first road win playing the game in Los Angeles right
before the bye week. They came up with five turnovers, and safety Earl Thomas
was responsible for two of them including stripping the ball away right at the
goal line to kill the Rams opening drive. It was ruled a touchdown, but on review
a fumble out of bounds in the endzone for a touchback. Sheldon Richardson also
caused two turnovers, an interception, and a late fourth quarter fumble recovery.
They still had to fight off the Rams on their final drive from the 20 yard line
as the clock wound down.
This defense has slipped in the run stopping area
from last year when they were ranked 7th. They're now 26th in the league, allowing
127 rushing yards per game. After seeing how well the Giants did last week with
that, they'll be more focused. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and safeties Thomas
and Kam Chancellor will also be on the lookout for Giants tight end Evan Engram.
Richard Sherman is one of the best cornerbacks in the league, and he is listed
as questionable, so the Giants might catch a break.
Last week the Giants went with
32 runs and just 19 passes to pull off a surprising upset over the Denver Broncos.
Head coach Ben McAdoo relied on offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan to do the
play-calling for this game, and to try to make something out of nothing while
working with a lack of established wide receivers. Eli Manning didn't have much
to work with. He threw to Travis Rudolph only once, Roger Lewis twice, and Tavarres
King three times. The results were two catches out of six for 22 yards. Tight
end Evan Engram drew most of Manning's attention, and he had five catches for
82 yards and one touchdown.
Even with the small amount of pass attempts, Manning
was sacked three times.
The inexperienced receivers have gained some real time
experience, and have had a chance to review the way they played, and that will
help. There's also the possibility that Sterling
Shepard might be available as he had practiced during the week with them. The
offensive line situation is confusing. The running attack seemed to work using
Orleans Darkwa behind a lineup with left tackle
Ereck Flowers, left guard John Jerry, center Brett Jones, right guard D.J. Fluker,
and right tackle Justin Pugh. The pass protection was shaky, but that could be
due to the other factors we mentioned. They need to figure that out.
did well last week with their efforts to secure the Giants first win of the season.
The defense forced three turnovers, including an interception that cornerback
Janoris Jenkins ran all the way back for a touchdown. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul
had three sacks on Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian, but that will be hard to
follow up. Russell Wilson can do more damage with both his feet and with his throwing
Tackle Damon Harrison and the group will be working against an offensive
line that is struggling with it's run blocking. It's too bad that Olivier Vernon
and Jonathan Casillas are still out for this game, but the Giants managed to get
the job done last week. Safety Darian Thompson has stepped up his game as well
as cornerback Eli Apple, and guess what? Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will rejoin
the group. The defense has been burned covering tight ends, and also with running
backs catching passes out of the backfield. They'll have to watch that this game.
Giants will play a team coming off a bye for the second week in a row. Extra preparation
didn't pan out for the Broncos, as the Giants worked the running game as much
as they could and came away with a win. The Seahawks had to take notice so that
won't be a surprise this time around. Seattle had two wins before the bye, but
they usually play their best when they don't have to travel. Seattle won both
home games, and they are 1-2 on the road. We'll look for offensive coordinator
(play-caller?) Mike Sullivan to dig into his bag of tricks once again to treat
the Giants fans to a win. Sorry - had to use that line now because next week the
Giants are on a bye.
Sunday at 4:05pm Cowboys (2-3)
at 49ers (0-6)
Sunday at 4:25pm Seahawks (3-2) at Giants (1-5)
8:30pm Redskins (3-2) at Eagles (3-2)
The Cowboys and Eagles are the NFC East
teams favored to win in these games.
had their best rushing performances in the last two weeks, 152 yards, 148 yards.
Giants Orleans Darkwa had 21 carries for 117 yards, the most in his career last
week in Denver.
Giants have allowed
a touchdown to a tight end in all six of their games this season.
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