"Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 140 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 38-17 victory over the Giants at CenturyLink Field on Sunday and QB Russell Wilson passed for 172 yards and added another 107 rushing yards and another TD. The Seahawks are the first team in NFL history to have a running back rush for at least four touchdowns and a quarterback with more than 100 rushing yards in the same game," NFL Media noted.
That's right, in NFL history. That's how bad the Giants' defense was yesterday. Here's more...
The Seahawks gained 510 yards, the highest total allowed by the Giants since Baltimore had 533 yards on Dec. 23, 2012 (which isn't that long ago). It is the fourth-highest yardage total given up by the Giants in Tom Coughlin’s 11 years as head coach. Translation: this defense has bottomed out.
Defensive Line: F -- No explanation needed.
Linebackers: D -- Just the fact they survived Lynch's salvos keeps them from an F.
Secondary: C -- Lucked out because the Seahawks ran out of TEs, but played admirably considering they are down to the last man.
Coaching: D -- Should be an F, but they did come to play. They just got beat.
Overall Grade: D -- The Giants must begin to find a replacement for Fewell. His system is no longer a viable strategy in this man's NFL. But that probably won't come until they find a replacement for Coughlin. It's coming. It has to.
The Seahawks rushed for 350 yards, the third-highest total ever allowed by the Giants. The Boston Redskins ran for 420 yards on Oct. 8, 1933 and the Bills rushed for 366 yards in Buffalo on Nov. 26, 1978. The Seahawks were the first team with at least at least 350 rushing yards and five touchdowns since the Bills did in in that 1978 game vs. the Giants.
1933. The Redskins were in Boston and FDR was in his first year in office. Running the ball was the preferred way of most offenses back then. This game must have been an anomaly because the Giants went 11-3 that season and lost by 2 points to the Bronko Nagurski and the Bears in the NFL Championship Game.
1978. That's the year of The Fumble. You remember that, don't you? That disfunction and ineptitude forced the Giants to clean house after the season. In fact, things were so bad, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle had to step in and reorganize the franchise himself.
They're not at that stage - yet. But they are on their way. They can't stop a good offense nor can they contain one. It's become embarrassing. And there's seven games left to the season.
The Seahawks’ 27 first downs were the most for a Giants opponent since Philadelphia had 28 on Oct. 6, 2013 (also not that long ago).
Seattle punted just once (the first Giants opponent with a single punt since San Diego on Dec. 8, 2013) which shows you what a turnstile the defense has become. Someone used the word "sieve" yesterday. That applies as well.
DC Perry Fewell's defensive system is predicated on a strong pass rush backed by nickel packages in the defensive backfield. They no longer can dictate games up front, which leads to all of the problems they're having on defense these days.
I understand that manpower has become an issue, especially in the secondary, but they weren't a problem group on Sunday. It was the front seven that got manhandled by Lynch and blown away by Wilson.
Tackles: Jameel McClain 12 (5 solo), Jacquian Williams 9 (5), Jason Pierre-Paul 8 (6)
Sacks: Robert Ayers, Jon Hankins
INTs: Quintin Demps, Zack Bowman
Tackles for Loss: McClain, JPP, Ayers, Hankins, Devon Kennard, Stevie Brown
Passes Defensed: Bowman 2, JPP, Demps
QB Hits: Hankins 2, JPP, Ayers, Cullen Jenkins
Forced Fumbles: McClain, JPP, Demps