Legion of Boom Snags 5
There was a time when the New York Giants were a great team. Winning two Super Bowls in what seemed in the blink of an eye with Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin, the Giants were poised to become one of the great and consistent squads of the modern era.
However, after Sunday’s embarrassing loss at the hands of a far superior team, it seems as though the Seattle Seahawks are now stepping into New York’s shoes.
Making the dreaded trip across the country for a 10 am PT start, the Seahawks and their tenacious defense were more than ready for the lowly Giants. Limiting New York to just 181 total yards in the game, Seattle and their secondary forced five interceptions — FIVE! — with their physical style of play and ability to stick with any receiver in the league.
It was fun, it was outstanding, and most of all it was another win.
Here’s what there was to love and hate from this uneven matchup.
Legion of Boom Goes Nuts
As was just mentioned above, the infamous Legion of Boom recorded five interceptions in the game, with two coming from Byron Maxwell, two from Richard Sherman, and one from Earl Thomas, a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.
Helping out any fantasy squad that had the Seahawks’ defense, Seattle’s secondary also played very impressively aside from their interceptions.
Jeremy Lane was the second-leading tackler for the Hawks, Kam Chancellor had five stops, and the rest of the aforementioned secondary did everything they had to in order to ensure another pathetic performance by Manning.
So Close to Home
The trip to New York is likely Seattle’s last road trip of the year until far off in the playoffs (let’s hope I just didn’t jinx it).
Boasting a 12-2 record on the season, all the Seahawks have to do to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs is to win one of their final two games; either at home against the Arizona Cardinals or at home against the St. Louis Rams.
Not wanting to say home field is a lock, but it is hard to see Seattle losing at home with so much on the line in terms of playoff advantage.
Should the Seahawks take care of their business against the Cardinals this weekend, perhaps a few of the starters can get some much needed rest in the coming weeks before their first playoff contest.
Not only are Seattle’s offense and defense outstanding, their special teams unit is brilliant as well. Aside from Jon Ryan‘s usual impressive performance in the punting game, Steven Hauschka racked up nine points on the day with two field goals of over 40 yards and one of 24 yards.
Helping the Seahawks to extend their lead consistently enough in order to not let the Giants gain any momentum, Hauschka was once again automatic and proved that he is one of the best kickers in the league.
Where’s the Beast?
While Seattle did come out with the easy win yesterday, there was something missing from the game that has been a staple for the Seahawks in recent years: Marshawn Lynch.
Carrying the ball 16 times against the Giants, Lynch had just 47 yards on the ground (a 2.9 YPC average), one touchdown, and a longest run of 10 yards.
While Wilson was given much more control of that game, it was surprising to see Lynch relatively ineffective on the ground against New York. Look for him to get back on track against the Cardinals this weekend.
While you can never complain about winning a game by 23 points, Seattle’s game against New York felt like it should have been even more of a blowout. Consistently forcing the Giants into terrible field position and downage, the Seahawks had complete control of that game but really failed to establish an offensive presence themselves. In fact, there were two consecutive drives where Seattle went 3-and-out for negative two yards.
Though they did rebound with an impressive seven-play, 62-yard drive for a TD after those two performances, the Seahawks’ offense looked a little less-than-stellar against New York.
A healthy Percy Harvin will obviously do wonders in spreading out defenses even more.
Looking ahead the Seahawks once again have the chance to wrap up the division and secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win against the Cardinals on Sunday (the 49ers can also lose to give Seattle the division).