East Rutherford, NJ. — The Seattle Seahawks defense was on fire as they beat the New York Giants 24-3 at MetLife Stadium on Monday night. Giant QB Daniel Jones Turned the ball over three times and was sacked 10 times.
It wasn’t all great for the Seahawks as a safety Jamal Adams It was lost early in the first quarter after being evaluated for a concussion. It was his first game since suffering a torn left quad tendon in last season’s opener.
This season marks the 10-year anniversary of the 2013 Seahawks team that won Super Bowl XLVIII, a feat that seemed more than a decade ago with all the suspect defense Seattle played late.
But on Monday night, in the same stadium where they claimed their only Lombardi Trophy, they turned back the clock and delivered a dominant defensive performance reminiscent of a 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos.
eleven sacks Three takeaways plus a pair of turnovers on downs. Only one field goal is allowed.
Eat your heart out, Boom Legion.
cornerback Devon WitherspoonThe high-flying rookie cornerback, whose aggressive style would suit the LOB, helped turn a close game into a runaway victory for Seattle with a 97-yard pick-six in the third quarter.
The Seahawks are 3-1 despite a long list of injuries, and they appear to dodge another serious injury. Geno Smith He left the game briefly with a knee injury. Teams don’t usually like a Week 5 bye, but the Seahawks won’t be complaining about that right now.
Buy a breakout performance: It had already become Witherspoon’s breakout before her pick-six. He had a sack of Jones on a blitz and was credited with another sack on a back pass. His touchdown came in a clutch moment, with the Giants knocking on the door for a score that would have cut Seattle’s lead to three points. The Seahawks were second-guessed left and right after Witherspoon was taken fifth overall Jalen Carter, who will meet their most glaring needs. But in addition to their concern with Carter’s persona, they also thought Witherspoon was the better player. Time will tell there, but Witherspoon’s immense talent is starting to shine after a slow start.
Promising trends: Eleven sacks is a promising development for Seattle’s pass-rush. It was inconsistent in the first three games before exploding against the Giants. The 11 sacks tied a franchise record and more than doubled their combined total (five) entering Monday night’s game. Bobby Wagner, Jordyn BrooksWitherspoon and Uchenna Naosu Each had two sacks.
QB Breakdown: Smith didn’t miss a snap in his first 21 games as the Seahawks’ starter until he went down with a knee injury in the second quarter on a sideline tackle. He returned early in the second half and finished 13 of 20 for 110 yards and a touchdown. Drew Locke Went 2 of 6 for 63 yards in relief, including Fant’s 51-yard catch-and-run that set up the Walker III touchdown.
Disturbing trends: Adams’ much-anticipated comeback lasted all of nine plays. He went down on the opening possession after taking a knee to the helmet and was ruled out after being evaluated for the injury. Adams can’t catch a break injury-wise. Entering Monday night, he had missed 28 of a possible 53 regular-season games since Seattle acquired him in a blockbuster trade with the Jets in 2020. Also on Monday night, the Seahawks lost guards Damien Lewis (ankle) and Phil Haynes (calf) for injury. nose tackle Jaran Reid (shin) is also left. –Brady Henderson
Next game: at Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct. 15)
New York Giants
Monster offense is a mess. Jones is back to his old turnover-prone form. The result is that the Giants’ season is just four ugly games away from a quick season. Jones lost a fumble and threw two interceptions — one that was returned 97 yards for a touchdown when the game was still in doubt. Not that he got much help. The offensive line was a disaster and allowed 11 sacks. Special teams committed six penalties. This was bad. As the season wore on, the Giants had to make do with road games in Miami and Buffalo. It may get worse before it gets better.
QB Breakdown: Jones completed 27 of 34 passes for 203 yards and 2 INTs. Not the quarterback everyone saw in his first season under coach Brian Double last season. Sure Jones is under constant pressure, but he’s not playing well either. Both can be true. All three turnovers were on Jones. He now has six to four games in hand this season. Did the Giants make a mistake with Jones’ $160 million contract? He played badly for the third time in four matches. New York needs better or this season will spiral out of control.
Disturbing trends: The Giants are outscored 77-9 in the first half this season. To say they struggled in the first half of the game would be an understatement. The Giants have not scored a touchdown in the first half of their four games this season. They only managed field goals of 44, 55 and 57 yards. Their minus-68 point differential in the first half of games is tied for fourth-worst for a team through four games in the Super Bowl era. That’s after the Giants talked all week about finding a way to get off to a fast start. Safe to say, it didn’t work again.
Eye-catching NFL Next Gen Stats: Seahawks TE Noah Fant19.8 yards expected after the catch. That’s exactly what Fann expected after his 51-yard catch late in the second quarter was 15.34 yards from the nearest defender. But Fant got more, thanks to a missed tackle on the inside linebacker’s sideline Bobby Okereke and cornerback Audrey Jackson. Fant went 46 yards after the catch on the play and ended up down at the 1-yard line. Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker III Scored in the next game. The Giants’ poor tackling came back to bite them. — Jordan Ranan
Next game: at Miami Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)