There is no way to sugarcoat this brutal loss. It was just flat out painful and deflating.
So, with that said, let’s recap the good, the bad and the (very) ugly.
Eli Manning’s play despite the picksIt’s too bad that Manning’s day will be defined by the picks, particularly the one off the hands of Victor Cruz, since the one after that was a desperation pick. But before all that, Manning had it going on, throwing for 420 yards and three touchdowns. Manning got everyone involved and deserved a better fate.
Victor Cruz' continued emergenceJust like Manning, it will be the blunder not the heroics that will define Cruz’ day. Cruz was once again in synch with Manning catching eight passes for 161 yards and one touchdown. The TD he recorded was a breathtaking circus catch that you’ll see on countless best-of-lists.
Jake Ballard chips in againIt’s nice to see Manning connecting with Ballard. He’s no Antonio Gates, but Ballard is more than serviceable, thus lessening the loss of Kevin Boss. On the day, Ballard had three catches for 72 yards and once again had another touchdown grab.
Ballard’s missed block on safetyBallard’s day was also marred by a mistake. In a 14-14 game in the third quarter with the Giants at their own five-yard line, Ballard whiffed on a block (although he would have been in a tough spot to get there) and that led to Anthony Hargrove shooting up the gap to stuff DJ Ware in the end zone for the safety. Which leads me to my next point.
DJ Ware contributes nothingWell, in Ware’s defense he did have only four carries (three yards). So, I guess this is not so much on Ware, but more on the Giants not letting anybody besides Ahmad Bradshaw carry the ball.
Giants’ secondary lets Seattle’s secondary receivers beat themWhile shutting down Sidney Rice (four catches for 38 yards), the Giants let unknown options like Ben Obomanu and Doug Baldwin beat them. Chalk this one up to not respecting your opponent. The secondary fell asleep in this game.
Five turnovers tell the storyManning’s picks to go with the two fumbles essentially sealed the deal on Sunday. The Giants were lethargic and never showed any sense of urgency, hence the turnovers. The complacency I urged the Giants to not fall into ultimately ruined all the good momentum they had going into the game with three straight wins.
Third down inefficiency rears ugly head againThe more things change, the more they remain the same. Despite Manning’s stellar yardage totals, the Giants were a despicable 1-12 on third downs. Ouch.
Running game stuck in cementAhmad Bradshaw could not get anything going en route to just 58 yards on 17 carries. Whether it was the absence of Brandon Jacobs or little trust in Ware, the run game was basically abandoned again. This should not be happening. There should be more balance on offense.
Once again, the Giants can’t stop the runThe Seahawks were pathetic in running the ball prior to facing the Giants, placing 31st in rushing yards. But that all changed when Marshawn Lynch had his most productive game of the season by rushing for 98 yards and a score. On the day the Seahawks outrushed the Giants 145 to 69. Outside of stopping the Rams’s backup running back (Cadillac Williams) the Giants have not contained any running backs. The going will only get that much tougher when the emerging Fred Jackson visits the Meadowlands next Sunday.
Letting Charlie Whitehurst beat youThrow Tarvaris Jackson into the mix here too. The combination of Jackson and Whitehurst should not do you in when playing at home. Whitehurst, in particular, spoiled the Giants day by orchestrating the Seahawk’s game winning drive when he hit Baldwin with an easy 27-yard pass and score with 2:37 to go in the game.
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