The Seattle Seahawks are rolling into a bye week off the back of three straight wins after shutting down a hapless New York Giants offense on Monday Night Football.
MetLife Stadium holds plenty of happy memories for Pete Carroll’s Seahawks, who won a Super Bowl at the New Jersey venue 10 years ago and improved to 6-0 at the venue with a 24-3 victory to round out Week 4 of the 2023 season.
While Seattle are looking good for another playoff push after improving to 3-1 on the season, the Giants’ postseason chances may already be over after falling to 1-3.
New York’s move to back Daniel Jones as its long-term quarterback to the tune of a $160 million contract in the summer is in question after he was sacked 11 times, meaning Giants head coach Brain Daboll has a big mess to sort out in his offensive line and, perhaps, his quarterback.
After what seemed like a breakthrough 2022/23 season under Daboll’s watch, Jones has regressed significantly this season. He has played poorly in three of the Giants’ first four games, which have featured six interceptions and just two touchdown passes.
Granted he isn’t getting the best protection right now from an offensive line missing left tackle Andrew Thomas, but Jones’ three turnovers against Seattle were all on him.
Throwing a pick-six at the Seattle goalline was a game-breaking mistake when the game was 14-3, while his second interception late in the night was a horror throw.
The Giants now rank dead last in the NFL for points per game at an average of 11.5 and those home fans who have shelled out for season tickets at MetLife Stadium have seen its team score a total three points in two home games so far.
Jones isn’t helped by running back Saqoun Barkley’s continued absence due to an ankle injury, but this offense is a far cry from the one the G-Men produced in the first season under reigning Coach of the Year Daboll.
Teams aren’t having to work hard to make the Giants’ offense look bad right now, but it was still a banner night for the Seattle defence after a mixed start to the season.
The Seahawks were shredded by Carolina back-up quarterback Andy Dalton in Week 3 but managed to win 37-27 in a closer game than they would have liked. Seattle produced an impressive response in Week 4 as they tied a single-game franchise record with 11 sacks.
It was a breakout game for rookie Devon Witherspoon as he picked off Jones and took the ball 97 yards to the house in the third quarter.
Witherspoon also had his first two career sacks, joining Bobby Wagner, Jordyn Brooks, and Uchenna Nwosu in taking down Jones twice.
Seattle has now generated an NFL-best 46 quarterback pressures in the last two weeks and, while it’s probably too early to say whether Carroll has created another Legion of Boom, this young, talented defense is starting to gather some hype.
The defense would be even better if they had safety Jamal Adams on the field and the major negative from Monday’s win has to be the sight of him leaving the game after nine plays.
Adams has spent the last 13 months on the sidelines since tearing a tendon in his quad in the opening game of last season, only to see his return to action cut short after being taken out of the game with a suspected concussion.
Adams has missed 28 of 53 regular season games since joining Seattle from the New York Jets. Right when he was ready to return to action, he suffered another setback.
Quarterback Geno Smith is another worry for Seattle after suffering a knee injury on what he called a “dirty play” by linebacker Isaiah Simmons.
Smith sat out a couple of series while getting treatment and did claim the issue wasn’t major after the game, but it’s a concern nonetheless.
Seattle is now -130 to make the playoffs for a second straight season and if they can keep an offense that carries plenty of playmakers healthy and get more out of the defense, they should be playing relevant football come December.
The Giants, meanwhile, are +825 to reach the playoffs and right now, it’s tough to see where the next win is coming from for Big Blue.
New York's next two games are on the road at the Miami Dolphins followed by a visit to the Buffalo Bills.
The Dolphins are favored by -10.5 and the Giants will need to improve dramatically on offense if they are to keep up with the highest-scoring offense in the league.
The defense needs to get better too after another night of missed tackles against Seattle and there’s a lot of work to do if the Giants are to save their season.