Giants-Seahawks ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’: Giants blow a chance
The New York Giants were unable to follow their ‘keep games close and take advantage of opponents’ mistakes in the fourth quarter’ formula on Sunday, falling to the Seattle Seahawks, 27-13. On to our traditional “Kudos & Wet Willies” review.
Nick Gates: It was only five snaps, but the fact that Gates can play football is worthy of “Congratulations.” The fact that he made an impact as a jumbo tight end, throwing the key block on Saquon Barkley’s 1-yard touchdown run, in those five snaps made it even better.
Darius Slayton: Slayton was the only wide receiver Daniel Jones could account for on Sunday. He had five catches on six targets for 66 yards. Four of Slayton’s catches resulted in first downs, including a 21-yarder that he took out of the hands of a Seattle defender.
Leonard Williams – Big Cat was a force. He had eight tackles, his first sack of the season, a tackle for loss and five, yes, five quarterback hits. He practically lived in the backcountry of Seattle.
Tomon Fox – There was a dominant rookie edge defender in the Giants’ outfield on Sunday. It wasn’t 5th overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux. Fox, an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina, tied Williams for the team lead with eight tackles, two for loss, while playing just 27 snaps. Fox has taken advantage of injuries and is forcing his way into the Giants’ defensive schemes.
Micah McFadden: Before Sunday, the rookie fifth-round pick had played just four defensive snaps in the previous three weeks, none in the last two weeks. He played 27 snaps against the Seahawks, making an impact with his first career sack, four tackles, including one for a loss, and a quarterback hit.
The Giants made an interesting defensive switch on Sunday, moving Jaylon Smith to the MIKE. That put Tae Crowder at WILL, and Crowder (only 22 snaps) played less than McFadden.
Jamie Gillan — The left-back had an excellent day. He punted six times, averaging 53.3 yards and a net 47.7 per punt. He had two punts downed inside the 20-yard line and missed a mammoth 69-yard punt to the 1-yard line by a whisker. Still, I have to mention a personal gripe. Gillan hit one of those rugby style points on Sunday and I hate them. Kick the ball like an NFL player, please.
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Richie James – Once upon a time, James was a very nice story for the Giants. Now, after a pair of fumbles by James on punt returns led to 10 points for Seattle on Sunday, Giants Twitter wants him cut. James had a 42-yard punt return nullified by a penalty on Sunday, but now has three fumbles this season and has just six receptions in the last five games. James ended up with a concussion after Sunday’s second drive.
Tire Phillips: I haven’t seen the grades from Pro Football Focus, but I didn’t think Phillips played at all well starting in place of the injured Evan Neal. There were two fake outs and what seemed like a bunch of Seattle pass rushers running at Phillips.
Wide receivers not named Slayton – Wan’Dale Robinson had two catches for 15 yards. Marcus Johnson played 56 snaps and produced just one catch for 3 yards. David Sills, who is playing less and less, had just one catch for 5 yards on just 10 snaps. James played four snaps and was not targeted. That’s not enough production to allow the Giants to play good offense against good teams.
Early crime — As they have done in most games this season, the Giants have started out numb on offense. They went three-and-out on their first three possessions and had just 46 yards of total offense at halftime. The Giants’ only points came on a 2-yard drive. The offense always seems to play with urgency later in the game. They have to find some of that in the early stages.
Adoree’ Jackson — Jackson was brilliant on Sunday… until he wasn’t. Jackson set up the Giants’ only first-half point by stripping Tyler Lockett and recovering at Seattle’s 2-yard line. He also had a couple of pass breakups.
But… don’t you just hate it when there’s a but? For three quarters, Jackson was a hero. Well, not a hero then. Jackson fell victim to Lockett for the game-winning 33-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, biting hard on a Lockett fake. Actually, Lockett was also a victim in the third quarter, but Lockett dropped what should have been a similar 33-yard touchdown pass.
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