The Giants are once again overrun with key injuries this season and are going up against a Seattle team that is not exactly playing at the level they were last season. That shouldn't matter. This Giant team is not a clutch one, especially on the road.
The Giants have not beaten a winning team on the road since Week 6 of the 2012 season against San Francisco. Last season they won only three games on the road, period: at Washington, Detroit and the Philly, who started Matt Barkley at QB. The Giants won, 15-7, in a game that featured five Josh Brown FGs.
This season, the Giants are 1-2 on the road with the only win coming against an inept Redskins team in Washington. They were shut out in Philadelphia and outpaced in Dallas.
Now they go to Seattle where head coach Tom Coughlin is 3-7 in games against the Seahawks in the regular season over his career.
Seattle has won 20 of their past 22 at home, including playoffs. Over that period QB Russell Wilson has 103.2 QB rating with 36 TD passes and just 9 INTs.
They are 2-1 against the Giants under head coach Pete Carroll, losing in 2010 at home, then defeated the Giants at MetLife in 2011 and 2013. Last year's game was a 23-0 whitewash in which the Seahawks picked Eli Manning off five times.
This week the Giants will again be without their top rusher, Rashad Jennings, and without him their rushing attack has ground to a halt. Since he's been out of the lineup the Giants have not won a game. Rookie Andre Williams had struggled in his place, averaging just 3.0 YPC.
Adding to the frustration, the Seahawks are very stingy against the run. Teams are averaging just 83 yards per game on the ground vs them this season.
The only way the Giants can with this game is by passing the ball, but the Seahawks are very good in stopping that, too. Their "Legion of Boom" secondary is allowing only 221 YPG through the air.
Eli Manning's passer rating and completion percentage are up from last season, but he is not the same player he was in the team's recent championship period. Manning was known as a gunslinger with a knack for the big play.
The facts are Eli has lost his touch for those big plays. So much to the degree that they don't even attempt them as frequent as they used to. They have not attempted a pass over 40 yards this season. In fact, they've only attempted one over thirty, which fell incomplete.
The line on Eli this season in attempts over 20 yards is brutal: 2 of 22 for 71 yards and 0 TDs.
The addition of Odell Beckham, Jr. should improve those numbers, but that is only if OC Ben McAdoo starts extending the route tree. A bigger issue is the receivers have not been getting ample separation for Eli to take shots.
Whether or not things will change much going forward is unknown. It is inconceivable to think that this will be the week it starts.