Jim Mancari, ContributorHere’s a no-brainer: Not getting the ball past the 50-yard line until the fourth quarter is simply an atrocious showing.
Another five interceptions from Eli Manning further add to his abysmal season. And what’s worse is that the team likely will lose Victor Cruz for the final two games.
There was no running attack, no passing attack but most of all no passion. Once the passion comes into question, that’s when guys lose their jobs.
Tom UddoThe Giants defense knew coming into Sunday what they would be up against when they took on the Seahawks. A running back in Marshawn Lynch that runs with grit, and an passing game led by Russell Wilson that is not only effective, but mobile.If not for the defense of Big Blue, the blowout that was 23-0, would have been doubled, if not tripled.
The defensive line did a good job of providing pressure on Wilson that forced him to make short throws, while they contained the ground game, allowing 50 yards from Wilson and just 47 yards on 16 carries from Lynch. Antrel Rolle was able to pickoff Wilson, but it was a meaningless interception in a game that was over from the start, with the offense failed to resemble anything that looked like a team capable of scoring.
The defense did allow 327 yards in total, but the secondary was effective in containing any deep threats and didn’t allow a receiver to total more than 75+ yards. This loss is on the offense, as Big Blue’s defensive unit was tested multiple times during the game; they would bend, but not break and the final score doesn’t paint a good picture of their efforts.
Special Teams: C+
John Fennelly, Lead WriterJosh Brown kicked the ball off to start the game. He never stepped in bounds again the rest of the day. It was a fine kick, however – eight yards deep in the end zone for a touchback.
Steve Weatherford punted eight times for an average of 47.5 yards with a long of 57 with two inside the 20.
The coverage team did a fine job of bottling up Seattle returner Golden Tate, who returned seven punts for an average of 10.3 yards per with a long of 22. It appears as if the Giants have rectified the problems that allowed three punts to be returned for TDs earlier this season.
It’s the return teams that aren’t faring well, now. They haven’t made an impact all year and Sunday was no different. Rueben Randle only retuned one punt for four yards. On kickoffs, Jerrel Jernigan had better luck (three attempts for 74 yards with a long of 31) but, again, there’s no threat of a home run on either squad.