The Giants led Seattle 17-14 at halftime, but the wbeels fell off the wagon in the second half as Russell Wilson and company scored 24 unanswered points in the second half. Find out how Big Blue scored on this week's edition of the Giants Beat's Report Card.
Pass Offense: Odell Beckham
’s ascension continues, and he assisted in giving the Giants passing offense a more explosive element that has been lacking. The highlight was a 44-yard grab over Richard Sherman
that removed any doubt over whether Beckham was ready for a big role. Preston Parker had a good game as well, his best as a Giant, bouncing back from a poor showing on Monday Night Football last week. Randle, once again the team’s highest targeted receiver, put forth another meager performance. Manning threw his first interception since the Washington game, but dealt with pressure from Seattle. Manning made some great throws and generally was smart with the ball otherwise, but ultimately the quarterback was too reliant on his talented first round pick, and players like Randle and Larry Donnell
didn’t step up.
Seattle’s stout run defense did what everyone expected and stifled the Giants’ running game. Andre Williams
continues to run hard and had an impressive rushing touchdown, but once again the efficiency wasn’t there. Williams has yet to average over 3.5 YPC in a game since the injury to Rashad Jennings
. The Giants offense would lean on Eli Manning
’s arm, passing on 72% of the team’s plays. Outside of Williams’ touchdown, the running game was a nonfactor.
They were hardly the main culprits, but big plays continue to be a problem. The Giants started the game by giving up back-to-back pass plays of over 20 yards, and Jermaine Kearse
blew by Zach Bowman and Quintin Demps on an overthrow that would have otherwise been a touchdown as well. Wilson struggled passing for much of the game after that first drive, and Bowman and Demps both came away with interceptions, but towards the end of the 3rd the Giants gave up a spectacular 60-yard pass play to Kearse that led to the game-tying field goal. Wilson did not throw a touchdown pass, and this was his first multi-interception game since November 3rd of last year, so the Giants certainly did some things right. Wilson also attempted less passes in this game than he ever has as a pro, so this wasn’t Seattle’s plan of attack to begin with. This was a slightly better than average performance: big plays given up masked by some turnovers created, but the pass defense simply wasn’t the reason the Giants lost.
This, simply, was one of the worst rush defense performances any team has ever put out. The Giants gave up a total of five rushing touchdowns and over 300 yards rushing, with Lynch and Wilson rushing both for over a hundred yards. The Giants simply could not stop Seattle’s read-option nor could they contain Russell Wilson
. This was especially frustrating in the second and third quarter, where Seattle really struggled to throw the ball and yet continued to gain big chunks of yardage on these plays. The Giants failed to adjust, and a worn down group in the fourth quarter finally saw the dam break where Seattle cemented their dominance.
There were no special teams gaffes in Seattle. You would like to see Michael Cox
do more with kickoffs (like everyone else who has taken one back for the Giants this year), and the punt that saw the following Seattle drive end in Lynch’s fourth touchdown could have gone further, but special teams factored little into the game all-in-all.
On one hand, I think the game plan on offense generally was pretty sound. From the start the Giants passed to open the run, and stuck with what worked and were aggressive. Beckham wisely was featured heavily and made plays. Defensively, however, the team was a major embarrassment. It would be one thing if the Seahawks unveiled a new wrinkle that caught the Giants by surprise, but Seattle destroyed the Giants on the ground with what they’ve consistently been doing since 2012. The inability to keep Russell Wilson contained bailed the Seahawks out a number of times earlier in the game when Seattle struggled to throw the ball. Simply, the Giants knew what Seattle was going to do, and had no answer.