The New York Giants made quick work of the Seattle Seahawks after an early minor hiccup and routed them 41-7 for their third largest margin of victory on the road in their history.
After a fumble by Kevin Boss on their first drive, the Giants scored touchdowns on five straight possessions in the first half and built their largest halftime lead (35-0) since 1959.
Eli Manning carved up Seattle’s 29th rated pass defense to the tune of 290 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly he did not throw an interception for just the third time this season, and the fumble by Boss turned out to be the only blemish on the day.
Despite that fumble, Boss impressed a crowd that included 80-100 of his family and friends with his first touchdown catch of the season. Boss is a native of Oregon and resides in Philomath, Oregon during the offseason, a mere 292 miles from Seattle.
Joe Buck managed to make me depressed despite a 34 point win by talking about how it will be hard to keep Boss, who is in the last year of his contract. He is a fantastic role player and has become a fine blocker, so they hopefully will find a way to keep him in blue.
Ahmad Bradshaw continued his dominant ways with two early touchdowns, but only finished with 57 total yards on 19 carries. However he did prove to be another weapon for Manning with four catches and 35 yards. Seattle was intent on bringing the heat early and Manning was forced to check down to Bradshaw on several plays, who proved his hands were not completely made of stone.
The Giants did run the ball very efficiently in the second half to put away the Seahawks. Brandon Jacobs and Danny Ware dominated the last possession, which ended up being a 19 play, 13:00 minute drive. Jacobs finished with 78 yards on 11 carries and Ware had 66 yards on 13 carries—all in the fourth.
The Giants final two drives spanned 34 playes and 21:39 minutes and netted three points (they took a knee at the end of the 19 play drive).
Hakeem Nicks made even more of a case to make the Pro Bowl this season and finished with six catches for 128 yards, including a 46-yard bomb from Manning in the first quarter. It was Nicks’ fourth 100-yard game in the last five.
Let’s not take away anything from the defense, who halted the Seattle offense for three quarters before taking their foot off the pedal.
Although they did not get to Whitehurst they did frustrate him all game long and he was inaccurate from the start. He hook up with Ben Obomanu for a 36 yard touchdown strike in the fourth quarter, but the Giants had the game all wrapped up at that point.
Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas played very well bottling up the Seattle receivers and both had an interception on the day; but the killer turnover happened in the first quarter.
After the Giants took a 14-0 lead Lawrence Tynes hit a line drive kick to Leon Washington and Travis Beckum forced him to not only fumble, but as he was falling he kicked the ball in the air to Jonathan Goff and he returned it inside the five yard line.
Bradshaw punched it in and stretched the lead to 21-0 and the Seahawks lost all hope from that point on.
The Giants suffered a couple of injuries to offensive lineman, but none of them seemed to be very serious. David Diehl was sent to the locker room but came back to start the second half, eventually being taken out again, and Adam Koets went to the locker room in the second half and did not return.
There is no word yet on if or how long they will be out, or if the injuries were even that bad at all, so we will have to check back in on the subject later this week.
The Giants look like the best team in the NFC at this point, but the Eagles also had an impressive win over the Colts at home so that should be sorted out when the two meet in week 11.
The Giants have the Cowboys coming to town next week and could improve to 7-2 against an all but dead Dallas team. This season is beginning to have more and more parallels to the Super Bowl year it is eerie.
They have a new defensive coordinator and it took them a couple games to play up to their potential. After a poor start they have stormed back with a five game win streak to go 6-2 in the first half (in 2007 it was six in a row, so we’ll see next week). Mathias Kiwanuka suffered a season ending injury. Tiki Barber made a comment about the team’s leadership. People have called for the head of Tom Coughlin.
I’m not one to believe in superstitions, but maybe this could be another surprise run for the Giants. They certainly have the pieces necessary to be successful late in the year—dominant run game and ferocious pass rush—so it may not be too early to begin the Super Bowl talk.