Tom Uddo, Contributor
The Giants defense knew it would be a tough test today against the Seattle Seahawks, the NFC’s top team that bolsters not only a strong running game, but also an offense that effectively utilizes the passing game. However, they had no idea that stepping onto the field at MetLife Stadium, they would have to battle not only a team predicted to make it to the Super Bowl, but also their own offense.
With five turnovers on the day, all interceptions by Eli Manning, the Giants defense was put in difficult situations on the field, countless times and although the final score was a blowout, 23-0, the blame cannot be on the defense. a unit that showed the only sign of life in a game that was just painful to watch.
It was a valiant effort, but the finger has to be pointed at the mistakes by the offense that put the defenses’ back up against the wall.
The defensive unit was able to contain Marshawn Lynch who finished the day with just 47 yards on 16 carries with one short yardage TD, while the capability of Russell Wilson to escape the pocket for long gains was mostly absent.
Antrel Rolle was able to pick off Wilson, just his seventh of the year, but again, Manning and the Giants offense struggled to generate any sort of momentum and produced another three-and-out.
Yes, the Giants defense did allow 327 yards of total offense with 134 yards on the ground, but for the most part, the secondary did good job of containing the Seattle passing game.
Wilson completed 18 passes for 206 yards, but no receiver had over 100 yards on the day, and Lynch finished the game as the leading receiver in terms of yards with 73 yards on six catches.
Another small glimmer of light was the Giants defensive line that was able to fight through, and find some pressure on Wilson, something that has been difficult for teams with the explosiveness that the second-year QB has.
By the end of the day, the Giants had tallied four sacks, but with no production from their offense, it was an uphill battle that was doomed from the start.
Countless times, the Giants defense would bend, but not break and force Seattle to settle for a field goal, instead of giving up a touchdown. But in the end it didn’t matter, with an offense as dead as a doornail, the 13-0 lead by Seattle at halftime, made it seem like it was 130-0.