By Michael Stewart @TheTruthNYG
The New York Giants traveled to Seattle and faced off against the Seahawks before their bye week and suffered their first loss (2713) since September 26 (lost to Dallas) which ended a four game winning streak. In typical New York Giants fashion, this game started slowly for the Giants offensively they only managed seven points in the 1st half due to a Seahawk turnover on their own two-yard line; which Saquan Barkley converted into a touchdown near the end of the 2nd quarter. The Giants had a season high 5 sacks and once again dominated the time of possession category (33:34/26:26) but yet still found a way to lose. Here are my top 3 reasons why the Giants lost:
- Slow Start: The Giants have had five come from behind victories in 2022, but the only problem with that is that they often have had slow starts in these games. Unfortunately, their slow start in this game finally caught up with them as they faltered in the 4th quarter to suffer their 2nd loss of the season to go 6-2 before their bye week.
- Defense Falters: The Giants defense failed to come up with a big stop on several occasions throughout this game. Seattle converted twice on 4th down in the 2nd quarter; which led to their 1st touchdown of the game. Poor tackling was another miscue by the Giants defense today as they failed to make seemingly makeable tackles only to allow the Seahawks to turn an average play into a big play.
- Seattle More Opportunistic: The stat line for both teams was fairly even, however; Seattle seemed to be the more opportunistic team of the two as they capitalized on plays much more than the Giants. The Giants committed two costly fumbles both by Richie James on punt returns which led to 10 Seattle points.
Final Thoughts: The Giants now head for their bye week and it’s welcomed as they do have a handful of players looking to heal and return to action. Linemen Evan Neal, Ben Bredeson, Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay, Linebackers Oshane Ximines, Azeez Ojulari and Cornerback Cor’Dale Flott are all expected to return after the bye week. If so, this will be the first time in 2022 since opening day that the Giants will have a relative healthy roster. Keep an eye out for my article on the Top 3 reasons after the game between the Giants and the Texans.