The midway point of the NFL regular season is upon us, and the injury bug has crept into the locker room of every NFL team. The Giants are certainly no exception to this occurence especially with the recent loss of Prince Amukamura, arguably the best member of their secondary, for the season with a torn bicep.
This week the defense looks to rebound from last week’s debacle against Indianapolis by delivering a stout performance against a struggling Seattle passing game. Despite the critical loss of Amukamura, and lingering injuries on the defensive front to Cullen Jenkins and Mathias Kiwanuka, the defensive side of the ball still has established players capable of making plays.
If we’ve learned anything throughout this NFL season, it’s that anything can happen on any given Sunday. That being said, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is still preparing for an onslaught from a very talented defense,
“Obviously when they lose those types of players it is tough for them. (But) We know that they have some championship caliber players in the secondary.’
Wilson specifically pointed to the veterans in the Giants’ secondary as pieces that need to be prepared for.
“[Antrel] Rolle is a great player. [Quintin] Demps is a good player too as well,” noted the Seahawks gunslinger. “They are making a lot of things happen. Obviously [Dominique] Rodgers-Cromartie too.”
Rolle has been a major presence on the Giants defense since joining the team in 2010, and is now the focal point on a shorthanded unit that desperately needs his playmaking ability. Wilson realizes the key to the Seawhawks’ offensive success is figuring out Rolle, “He is a very good safety, who makes a lot of plays.”
On the defensive front, the Giants have weathered the injury storm all season including some of their marquee players. By this point Giants’ fans are very familiar with the nagging shoulder issue that has plagued Jason Pierre-Paul for weeks. There has been talk that the shoulder is limiting JPP’s ability to initiate contact off the line resulting in a lessened impact on the game.
Wilson downplayed the injury, and is certainly planning for the full Pierre-Paul arsenal.
“He is certainly a guy that flashes on the screen and he is a spectacular football player,” noted Wilson. “I think he looks pretty solid to me, better than solid. That is an understatement.”
The Seahawks will probably look to expose the holes in the Giants defense, but will have to do so with very limited receiving weapons after discarding Percy Harvin to the Jets a couple of weeks ago.