New York Giants: Recap and Questions After Win at Seattle
From the first quarter until the final whistle, the Giants spoiled Charlie Whitehurst's debut and dismantled the Seahawks, dominating every aspect of the game on their way to a convincing 41-7 victory.
Eli Manning threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns before being relieved at the end of the third.
Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw and Danny Ware combined for 201 yards rushing with and Hakeem Nicks contributed with 128 yards on six catches and a score of his own.
Charlie Whitehurst was ineffective as New York forced three turnovers—two interceptions and a forced fumble—and held the injury-ridden Seahawks offense to 162 yards of total offense, with most of those coming in garbage time in the fourth quarter.
Even the special teams got involved when they popped one out of Leon Washington's hands on a kick return, setting up one of five straight touchdown drives spanning almost the entire first half.
Although the G-Men didn't do much wrong and they even improved in a lot of areas this week, there are still some things to consider when looking at this team. With that said, here are a couple of questions that crossed my mind after watching Sunday's game.
1. Should we worry about the injuries to the offensive line?
With Shaun O'Hara out already and Adam Koets leaving with a sprained knee, the Giants were down to a combination of Rich Seubert and Mitch Petrus at center.
David Diehl was also hurt and his injury looked to be a bit more serious, but Shawn Andrews filled in and played well.
This could be an issue because this unit is getting pretty thin—no pun intended—and the deeper you go down the depth chart the less chemistry there is and the more problems that will occur.
This is even more specific to the offensive front because they work as a group and need to all be on the same page.
Hopefully O'Hara gets back soon and the injury to Diehl doesn't keep him out to long. I don't think that Koets will be hampered by that knee—it was probably more of a precautionary move by the coaching staff anyways.
2. Is this the best wide receiving corps in the NFC?
I know I may be jumping the gun with this one, but this unit has cut down the drops and is performing on a weekly basis.
I know that having Eli Manning throw to you makes it a little easier—especially with the way he has been playing recently—but this group is maturing before are eyes.
Mario Manningham is budding into a consistent threat and I love the moves he can make when given a little space. He can line up inside in the slot or he can work the outside and stretch the defense for Steve Smith, who has developed into one of the more reliable possession receivers in football. Add a budding superstar in Hakeem Nicks and you have players that can break games open single-handedly, and they showed it at Qwest Field in front of the "12th Man."
I'm not saying that this is the most experienced bunch, but when you have three guys as talented as them, it's hard not to get excited about their potential for greatness.
Regardless of the answers to these questions, the Giants are on a roll right now. With five of their final eight games against division opponents, it was imperative that they got off to the start they did.
Let's just pray the Giants can get healthy on the offensive line and keep up the offensive consistency, because when they are playing like this, they are virtually unbeatable.
Phil Lombardo is a senior Journalism/Mass Communications major at St. Bonaventure University and a Bleacher Report Writing Intern. Any comments would be much appreciated, and be on the lookout for more articles to come.
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