John Fennelly, Lead WriterI always find it interesting to read what the opposing media has to say about the Giants. Being here all the time and thisclose to the team, one tends to miss (or ignore) the obvious sometimes.
The Giants will host the 11-2 Seattle Seahawks this Sunday at MetLife and, although they are only 7-p0int underdogs, are expected to get blown out. Seattle is the complete opposite of the Giants: aggressive, opportunistic and stingy with the ball. The Seahawks have a turnover ratio of +12 while the Giants have an NFC worst -13.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com posted his Giants’ preview yesterday and I gleaned some tidbits for you to munch on…
“He (Manning) has thrown 20 interceptions, five shy of his career-high total from 2010. He also has more interceptions than TD passes (16), and the last time that happened was in 2004 when he was a rookie. Manning also has been sacked a career-high 33 times, and that is rooted in the Giants’ biggest issue all season – the offensive line.”
So we’re not blind after all. The offensive line is a problem. Thought so. Not sure if they’ve started six or seven different combinations on the OL this year (does it really matter?) but it’s certainly not a good thing. No wonder the offense is a mess. With an amorphous line, the Giants have only been able to run the vanilla plays in their playbook. More vanilla than usual, that is.
“Linval Joseph. The 6-foot-4, 323 defensive tackle has more tackles than any interior lineman in the NFC over the past three seasons (154) and is a big reason why the Giants allowed an average of 11.8 points during their four-game winning streak at midseason and the defense ranks No. 10 in average yards allowed.”
That’s the guy who wears No. 97 in blue, correct? A very quiet 154 tackles I may add. Last year, almost every pundit to a man wanted this guy gone. To be fair, he had no help in the middle and wore out from overuse. This year, the Giants stacked their shelves with big bodies, so a fresher Joseph has made an impact.
“On the spot: Whoever is trying to block Justin Tuck on any given pass play. The Giants’ rush-end has seven of his 8.5 sacks in the past two games.”
Tuck, who will be a UFA after this season, has basically forced the Giants’ hand in any future contract negotiations with his noticeably improved play. With JPP’s future uncertain and the disappearance of Mathias Kiwanuka, Jerry Reese almost has to give Tuck a three year deal now.
“Will Victor Cruz be dancing at the Seahawks’ expense? When the Seahawks and Giants played at MetLife Stadium in Week 5 of the 2011 season, it was a coming party for Cruz, then a second-year free agent from UMass who spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve. He caught eight passes for 161 yards, including a 68-yard TD catch that led to him doing his salsa thing in the end zone.”
Cruz is having a pretty good year, but he only has four TDs. Combine that with the zero scored by Hakeem Nicks and as a Giant fan you have to be nauseous. No wonder the Giants are 5-8, and an inflated 5-8 at that.
34, the Giants’ league-high total of turnovers. …
Minus-13, their turnover differential, which is the third-worst in the league. …
8, Manning interceptions on passes thrown to Randle. …
117, points allowed by the Giants in the second quarter. …”