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Game 4 preview
Monday Oct 2, 8:15 PM - Seahawks at Giants

Giants (1-2) Seahawks (2-1)
Last Sunday the Seattle Seahawks were honoring their Super Bowl championship team from 10 years ago, and the fans got into it. The Seahawks were trailing Carolina 13-12 at the half, and with the assist of some noise, the Panthers committed eight false start penalties. The Seahawks won their game 37-27.
The Giants took a one sided 30-12 loss to the 49ers in the Thursday night game in San Francisco. They played the Seahawks last October in Seattle. It was a 13-13 tie in the fourth quarter, but the Giants were quiet while Seahawks scored two touchdowns to secure a 27-13 win.

Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson was the starting quarterback for the Seahawks for ten years. During that time the team was in the playoffs in all but two. The first time the Seahawks missed out on the playoffs was when they had a 9-7 record in 2017. The second time was 2021 and the 7-10 finish was their first losing season in ten years. Wilson had complained at previous times that he wasn't getting enough protection and taking too many hits. Going into 2021, Wilson had been sacked 394 times in his nine seasons, and at least 40 times in every season since 2013.
In 2021 Wilson missed 3 games with an injury, and had taken 33 sacks. Backup quarterback Geno Smith took 13, for a team total of 46 on the year. Wilson wanted more of a say in personnel matters, and the way things turned out, the team and Wilson parted ways. Wilson agreed to waive his no-trade provision, and the Denver Broncos agreed to the Seahawks terms involving their starting quarterback Drew Lock, and draft picks in order to acquire Wilson. Smith beat out Lock for the 2022 starting job and guided the team to a 9-8 record and a wildcard spot. They ended up losing to the San Francisco 49ers 41-23.

Seattle Seahawks Offense
Much the same as Smith was 'discovered' by his own team, running back Kenneth Walker III was the backup to Rashaad Penny when Penny was injured in the fifth game last year. Walker went on to lead the team in carries, yards, and with 9 rushing touchdowns. Penny has moved on to the Eagles, and Walker is the lead back now. He has carried the ball 47 times for 204 yards, and already has 4 touchdowns. Walker also leads the team with 13 first downs, and is being used by Seattle more as a receiver than he was called on to be last year. Walker has caught 8 of 10 passes for 73 yards, and 4 more first downs.
The current top receiver on the team, as he's been the past two seasons as well, is DK Metcalf, who's caught 15 passes for 234 yards and 1 touchdown. Tyler Lockett and Metcalf have been close with most of their numbers, catches, yards, and touchdowns, since Metcalf came onto the scene in 2019. Their consistent durability, and ability to add yards after the catch is one of the reasons they both passed the 1000 yard mark last year.

Seattle Seahawks Defense
Their passing defense ranked 13th last year, and their rushing defense was 30th. So far in three games those numbers have swung the other way, passing 31st and rushing 6th, as they are allowing just over 79 rushing yards a game. They were in a groove last week, allowing just 44 rushing yards playing against Carolina's Miles Sanders and his group. Their improvement in that area is not good news for the Giants if top running back Saquon Barkley is still sidelined.
The Seahawks needed a better pass rush, and they signed on outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu. It was a good move, and the team finished up tied for 7th in sacks last year with 45. Nwosu and Darrell Taylor were responsible for 19 of those sacks, 9.5 each. In the Giants last meeting with the Seahawks, Nwosu logged 2 of the 5 sacks they put on Daniel Jones.
The Seahawks upfront pressure is good, and they are looking forward to the return of safety Jamal Adams who suffered a knee injury in the season opener last year. With the coverage of the current group, the Seahawks are giving up an average of 328 passing yards a game. If Jones does get some time to pass, it should be noted that four players in the secondary, Julian Love S, Quandre Diggs S, Tre Brown CB. and Coby Bryant CB were listed as questionable earlier on. Currently, cornerback Artie Burns is out, Bryant is doubtful, and the safetys are off the list.

NY Giants Offense
The Giants have been shuffling the offensive line since the start of the season, and they have been up against some tough opposition. The only consistency has been rookie John Michael Schmitz at center,and Evan Neal at right tackle. They say that Daniel Jones has been pressured on 46.7 percent of his dropbacks, which is the highest rate in the league. Because of the schedule, the offense has had some extra time to see what they'll be up against this week when they face the Seahawks. Maybe that small edge will show up in this game, as Jones could use a little extra time to hit his group of receivers.
They could do a bit better as well. Darren Waller caught only 3 of the 7 passes Jones threw his way, and he knocked one up in the air for an interception. Parris Campbell was next up, targeted 6 times, and while he caught all of them, there were no yards after the catch and he totaled only 24 yards.
Considering how poor the rushing attack looked last game playing without Saquon Barkley, you might expect to see Jones hanging on to the ball more for some designed runs. Using his legs for yardage could afford running back Matt Breida better opportunities to break out, as the Seattle defense has to be sure before they commit.

Giants Defense
The Giants put in some extra work this week to improve the poor tackling issue. Last week against the 49ers, the defense had 16 missed tackles. None of that helps when you are trying to get the other team off the field, and you're giving up third and long plays. Linebacker Micah McFadden has been playing well, and he had 10 tackles against the 49ers, and 4 were tackles for loss. There may be opportunities this week for Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Kavyon Thibodeaux, and Azeez Ojulari as Seattle's offensive line has been dealing with some issues.
The defense did come up with their first two sacks of the season last game, but still no turnovers. They will have to play sharp against wide receiver DK Metcalf. He's been the most productive when Geno Smith looks his way, catching 15 of 19 passes for an impressive total of 234 yards and one touchdown. Smith's connection with Tyler Lockett hasn't been as smooth so far. Lockett's caught 13 of 21 for 103 yards, but he has caught 2 of Smith's 4 passing touchdowns.

Was Ben McAdoo right when he benched Eli Manning for Geno Smith back in 2017? Both McAdoo and Smith ended up off the team after that, and maybe it was the timing that was the real problem. If things had turned out different, who knows. Maybe in 2019 Smith would have still been with the Giants when they were deciding to draft Daniel Jones. For this game the Giants, who are coming off a week earlier Thursday night game, have had the benefit of an extended amount of time to prepare.
Their coaches and all the players had the opportunity to watch the Seahawks play in their Sunday game with Carolina as it happened, with feelings as to how they might handle some of the plays. Obviously both teams routinely review game films, but some clips may now make more of an impression, and some thoughts might sink in harder.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Commanders (2-1) at Eagles (3-0).
Sunday at 4:25pm Patriots (1-2) at Cowboys (2-1).
Monday at 8:15pm Giants (1-2) at Seahawks (2-1)
The Eagles and Cowboys are the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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