Seahawks vs. Giants: Takeaways from Seattle's 23-0 Win Over New York
Perhaps this game will finally eliminate the "road woes" narrative from Seattle's reputation.
Seahawks win a franchise best 6th game on the road. #SEAvsNYG— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 15, 2013
The Seahawks now return home to CenturyLink Field for their final two games of the regular season.
Tremendous game across the board by our guys! So fired up to be back at CenturyLink next weekend!— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) December 15, 2013
Here are eight takeaways from Sunday's game:
All stats are taken from NFL.com.
Seahawks Can Win Even When Russell Wilson Isn't at His Best
This wasn't the typically dominate performance by Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. He was off-target on a number of throws and threw an ugly interception. Wilson also hung onto the ball far too long at times and helped to create the four sacks by the Giants. Wilson wasn't awful by any means, but fans of the Seahawks have come to expect more from their quarterback.
Luckily, the Seahawks didn't need Wilson to be perfect. The defense was dominant, and the offense did enough for the Seahawks to walk away with an easy win.
Throwing at Richard Sherman Is Never a Good Idea
Giants quarterback Eli Manning decided to throw the ball in the direction of Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, and paid the price. Sherman caught two interceptions and tipped a pass to free safety Earl Thomas for another pick. Throwing the football in Sherman's direction is just never a good idea.
Richard Sherman just said Eli - yes, Eli Manning - provided bulletin board material when he said SEA is overaggressive & NYG could use it.— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) December 15, 2013
Seattle's Pass Rush Was Dominant
The Seahawks got to Manning for three sacks, and the pass rush could have had many more. Manning was under pressure on almost every throw, and the pressure forced him into some very bad decisions. When Seattle's pass-rushers play this well, this defense becomes completely dominant.
Maxwell and Lane Are Showing They Are Ready
There was plenty of panic around Seattle when cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond were both suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. It turns out that the panic was unwarranted. Three games into the suspensions, Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane are making a case to keep their new jobs even when the starters return.
Maxwell played especially well in this game and had two interceptions. If Browner loses his appeal and doesn't return this season, the Seahawks will just fine with Maxwell and Lane out there during the playoffs.
Seattle's Running Game Is Still Broken
Running back Marshawn Lynch was back to looking like a dominantly powerful runner again this week, but it didn't show up in the box score. Lynch finished with just 47 yards on 16 carries, as the run-blocking was again a serious problem.
The Seahawks have now failed to get the ground game going for four straight games. Lynch is running hard but is forced to try and turn nothing into something far too often. The Seahawks much get this fixed before the playoffs, even if it means benching one of the starting offensive linemen.
Doug Baldwin Had a Great Day
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin had a big day. He finished with six receptions, 71 yards and a touchdown. He was the only Seattle wide receiver with more than two catches, and he seemed to always be open when Wilson needed him.
Baldwin continues to make the most of his increased snaps since the Sidney Rice injury. If he continues to play like this, he's going to end up getting a large pay raise this offseason.
Penalties Continue to Haunt Seahawks
The Seahawks had eight more penalties this week. Seattle led the NFL in penalties before this week, and they show no signs of getting this problem under control.
After penalties cost them a win a week ago against the 49ers, there was hope that the Seahawks would finally take this problem seriously, but apparently that wasn't the case.
Seattle Needs Just 1 More Regular-Season Win
The win in New York moved the Seahawks to being just one win away from clinching the best record in the NFC this season. With one more win, Seattle will secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Both of Seattle's remaining two games this season are at home. They play the Arizona Cardinals next week and the St. Louis Rams in Week 17. Seattle has already won on the road against both of those teams this season.
#Seahawks win 23-0, improve to 12-2 and a franchise best 6-2 on the road. Can clinch division and No. 1 seed with one more win.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) December 15, 2013