By Michael Stewart
The Giants at least had an entire week to enjoy getting their 1st win of the season as they started another losing streak to the hands of the Seattle Seahawks 24-7. The Giants needed to have a solid running game and a defense that could make big plays to have any chance of a win. Unfortunately; the Giants couldn’t run the ball and make any big plays on defense. This game felt very much like the Giants season opener against the Cowboys; being dominating in nearly every offensive category as the Giants only managed a total of 177 yards of offense to the Seahawks 425 total yards. Quarterback Russell Wilson was the difference maker with a solid performance (27/39 for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns).
Top reasons why the Giants lost
- Russell Wilson unstoppable: In my preview, I stressed that the Giants defense needed to contain Wilson and not let him be the difference maker. Unfortunately; the Giants defense couldn’t do anything and were totally manhandled by Wilson.
- No running game: Once again, another preview matchup mentioned that the Giants needed to at least come close to their performance against the Broncos, if they had any chance at all. Unfortunately; the Giants only managed 46 yards on the ground.
- Time of Possession: The Giants failure to equal Seattle was a major factor (Seattle 36:26/Giants 24:34) and it put too much pressure on the Giants defense to perform well beyond their capabilities.
Hero: Russell Wilson was without a doubt the best player on the field for both sides as the Giants defense couldn’t do anything to slow him down.
Goat: The entire Giants team deserves this honor as they didn’t look ready to play and couldn’t find any answers against a Seattle team that executed their offensive game plan perfectly.
Final Thoughts: The 1-6 Giants (1st time since 2013) will now have their much needed bye week and try to figure out if they can somehow savage the season with 9 games remaining. Next up for the Giants will be a home game against the Los Angeles Rams; who are currently 5-2 and leading the NFC west. The Rams feature a well balanced offense currently ranked 9th in overall yards and 1st in points per game (30.3) led by quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and tight end Gerald Everett. On defense, the Rams are ranked 15th (19.7) in points allowed led by safety Mark Barron, linebacker Alec Ogletree and defensive tackle Michael Brockers.