8:15 PM Seahawks at Giants
lose to the Seahawks 24-3
was a rainy night the last time the fans at MetLife Stadium got to see the Giants
play, and it didn't turn out well for the Giants or the fans as the Cowboys left
town with a 40-0 win. Well the weather was much better tonight, but that old Carpenters
song came into my mind. 'Rainy days and Monday's always get me down', and this
was a Monday night game. We didn't know if Saquon Barkley would be able to play,
or if it would be wise or make sense for him to play, up until close to game time.
It turned out that Barkley was inactive, as well as left tackle Andrew Thomas,
but we knew that already.
Things started out well for the Giants with Daniel
Jones connecting on every pass, and along with Matt Breida and Wan'Dale Robinson,
running for yardage up until he was sacked at the Seattle 37-yard line. Soon facing
a 4th-and-1 from the 27-yard line, the Giants decided to go for it. I thought
that was a bad idea as I wanted to see the Giants score some first drive sure
points with an easy field goal. Even making the fourth down there was no guarantee
of getting a touchdown after that.
It turned out that I was right, even though
I didn't want to be, as the Giants ended the drive with a failed "tush push"
play as they call it. This also happened to be the turning point of the game even
if I didn't know it then, as rookie center John Michael Schmitz and tight end
Daniel Bellinger were both injured on that play and ended up out for the game.
The Giants offensive line has been weak without Thomas, and now blocking and pass
protection just took another hit.
The Seahawks took over, and on their very
first play, running back Ken Walker fell over linebacker Bobby Okereke, got up
and ran 73 yards to the endzone for a touchdown. Thankfully on review, they ruled
that Walker's elbow had touched the ground. It was a close call that took the
touchdown away, and a few plays later, edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux came up with
a third-down sack on quarterback Geno Smith to end their drive. It was disheartening
to see our running back Eric Gray muffed the punt, but it was recovered by the
Giants. Jones got things off to a good start, scrambling for 16 yards, but was
sacked two plays later, and when the Giants punted, they couldn't keep the ball
from going into the endzone, so the Seahawks got to start at their 20-yard line.
So far the Giants were doing poorly on offense and special teams, and the defense
had caught a lucky break when a Seattle touchdown was reversed.
stayed along that pattern, and the Seahawks scored first with a touchdown. Though
the Giants later scored on a 55-yard field goal by Graham Gano, the Seahawks added
another touchdown, and had a 14-3 lead at the half. Even that Giants field goal
drive was marred by a trick play where Jones lateraled to Parris Campbell, who
was attempting a throw when he was sacked and lost 8 yards. They couldn't make
it up, and luckily Gano can kick 55-yarders or the Giants would have been scoreless.
second half had no Giants comeback surprises for the fans, and if anything showed
how bad the offensive line can be, with Jones scrambling for his life while taking
sacks and throwing interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Suddenly,
the special teams unit looks to have issues as well, committing six penalties.
Throw in some poor play calling, and I don't know what to say except what has
happened to my Giants?"
you want to win games or at least look respectable losing them, you have to score
points. The Giants have scored only
46 points in four games. If they didn't manage to bunch 31 into one of those games,
they wouldn't have any wins on the season. Because of how the schedule worked
out the Giants had 11 days to prepare for the visiting Seattle Seahawks. During
that time they knew that Andrew Thomas and Saquon Barkley likely would be held
out. There was plenty of time to practice and make adjustments for an opposing
team that was tough up front, especially against the run, but was also giving
up an average of 328 passing yards a game.
By the end of the first half, and
true to form, Jones took three sacks, but still completed nearly all his 21 passes
for 121 yards while averaging 7.1 yards a throw. As expected, the running game
was going nowhere except for Jones four scrambles. Jones lost two offensive players
early on, and that became a major factor throughout this game.
With the pass
protection he was getting, Jones seemed hesitant on making deep throws. Jones
longest pass was to running back Matt Breida for 22 yards in the second quarter
on their only scoring drive of the game. Breida catching all the 5 passes thrown
to him for 48 yards was the leading receiver of the game. Wan'Dale Robinson was
also 5 for 5 for 40 yards, and he ran the ball once for a 7 yard gain.
Giants best chance for a comeback was in the third quarter when the Seahawks missed
on a field goal, giving the Giants good field position. Jones scrambled a number
of times on the drive, including running 10 yards on a 4th-and-1. On a 2nd-and-goal
from the Seattle 5-yard line things came to an end, when he threw an interception
that cornerback Devon Witherspoon ran back for a 97 yard touchdown. The score
was 21-3 at that point, and things didn't get better in the fourth quarter when
Jones deep pass to Parris Campbell was intercepted by safety Quandre Diggs.
Seahawks had the ball on the Giants side of the field. They added another field
goal. On the Giants next possession Jones was sacked twice more before they punted.
Next time, backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor was in for two plays to end the game.
Jones finished up completing 27 of 34 passes for 203 yards while taking 10 sacks.
The Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills are up next in the next two weeks, and right
now the Giants don't look like they'll be up to the task. That's especially true
if Thomas and some of the newly injured players on offense are not in the mix.
Barkley would be missed as well, and without him tonight it was not a running
back, but Jones who led the team with 66 rushing yards on 10 carries."
| First Quarter
DK Metcalf 6 Yd pass from Geno Smith (Jason Myers Kick)
Drive info: 2 plays,
7 yards, 0:45
| Second Quarter |
Gano 55 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 61 yards, 6:11
Kenneth Walker III 1 Yd Run (Jason Myers Kick)
Drive info: 7 plays, 75 yards,
Third Quarter |
Devon Witherspoon 97 Yd Interception Return (Jason Myers Kick)
11 plays, 52 yards, 5:28
| Fourth Quarter |
Myers 34 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 29 yards, 3:00
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