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- The New York Giants entered this game with some momentum. They were coming back home after having been victorious on Sunday night against the Denver Broncos for their first win of the season. Seattle was coming off a BYE after having defeated NFC West foe, the Rams in Los Angeles in a close game.
- The Seattle offensive gameplan and their execution was inconsistent. The Seahawks hit the Giants for explosive plays, finished with 425 total yards and 26 first downs and were 6 of 13 on third down. But they have trouble scoring points as they have issues finishing drives. They were not good in the red zone. Early in the game, Seattle embarked on a 16 play, 89 yard drive that took up 8:43 off the clock that resulted in no points on the scoreboard. Seattle had nine opportunities from inside the 10-yard line. They threw the ball six times and ran the ball three. It is hard to determine what Seattle is doing offensively. The plays being made are when protection breaks down which happens frequently and Wilson makes plays with his feet. They don’t have a consistent running game. Seattle made plays in the second half and started working the ball down the middle of the field. They also ran a trick play for a score.
- New York’s defense played well, especially in the first half. (They held a lead at the half , 7-3 even though they were outgained by 180 yards and possessed the ball for only a little over nine minutes in the half, and their offense only ran 18 offensive plays.) However that time on the field eventually wore out the Giants defense. After it appeared that the Giants offense had no answers, the Ben McAdoo’s defensive staff started dialing up blitzes in the second half and were in zero coverage frequently. Seattle exploited this over the course of the game to take the victory.
- The Seahawks defense did something differently, that is, they used a third safety on the field. The purpose of this was to cover more mobile, pass catching tight ends such as TE Evan Engram. They pressured QB Eli Manning frequently and shut down the running game.
- Major coaching decision: At the end of the 16 play drive that took up the majority of the first quarter, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll decided to try to reach the end zone on 4th down rather than kick a field goal. However, the pass was dropped and Seattle turned the ball over on downs. On the road and early in the game, it would be prudent to take a three point lead.