Another week, another brutal loss.
I'll be honest, Giants fans, this was probably the first time in more than nine years that I've turned off the game before it was over, opting to let my blood pressure settle down after Eli Manning threw his fifth interception in the end zone off a tip into Seattle safety Earl Thomas' hands.
Pro Football Focus took a look at this game and came away with the conclusion that, well, the Giants aren't a very good team. I think they may be on to something. On to the grades.
Brandon Mosley (+1.6) - I'm sure this is going to ruffle a few feathers. I can almost hear the "I told you so's" emanating from our bloodthirsty ranks. I don't blame you. I also thought Mosley played well, and PFF rewarded him with strong run-blocking grades. A caveat about this, however. Remember James Brewer received a positive PFF grade when he substituted in for Kevin Boothe in the first game as well. Went downhill from there.
Key Offensive Contributors
Brandon Myers (+1.1) - Myers didn't really stand out too much to Pro Football Focus, earning mildly positive grades in pass protection, receiving, and penalty. All added up, and he essentially had a decent day with no real screw ups.
Eli Manning (-5.4) - Sure as heck wasn't going to be anybody else. Manning gets his worst grade since 2008. Four of his interceptions came when he was not under pressure, he fumbled twice and he himself was responsible for a quarterback hit. He was inaccurate, made risky decisions, and had zero rhythm for most of the day. I don't think many Giants' fans would disagree.
Key Offensive Villians
Kevin Boothe (-3.6) - Boothe was simply outclassed by Brandon Mebane. As a center, he allowed two quarterback hurries and got absolutely no push in the run game. He struggled to really get balanced and squared up and was consistently fooled on blitzes up the gut.
David Diehl (-3.5) - Similar to the above mentioned Boothe, Diehl was a sieve. He allowed a quarterback hit and four hurries, which is unacceptable from a guard. He also got nothing done in the run game as he was overmatched by the powerful Seattle front.
Andre Brown (-2.4) - This grade mostly stems from his pass protection, where he failed to pick up and stop his blitzer from sacking Eli Manning twice. Clearly struggled to run the ball as well. There were no holes for him to run through, but he didn't help himself by not breaking any tackles.
Rueben Randle (-1.9) - Randle is on here because he didn't catching ANYTHING. That's inexcusable. I don't even know if he was targeted. You have to help your quarterback out and get open. Garnered a -2.0 receiving grade, which is one of the worse grades I've seen at that position in some time.
Justin Pugh (-1.8) - A rare poor grade for Pugh, he joined in the festivities of offensive line ineptitude. He allowed a sack, a hit, and two more hurries en route to a poor day in pass protection. He admitted as much after the game as well.
James Brewer (-1.7) - Brewer was apparently perfect in pass protection, not even allowing a single hurry to his name, but was incredibly bad run-blocking. I saw the same on film. He consistently missed blocks out in space, and twice allowed the tackle to get inside leverage on him and blow up the play in the backfield.
Victor Cruz (-1.1) - Jeez, I'm getting tired of typing all these villians up. Cruz essentially gets this for a couple of drops. His production was low as well, getting limited to two catches for only 25 yards.
John Conner (-1.1) - Conner had an awful day run-blocking according to PFF. I'm not terribly sure about this, but on a day where you run for only 25 yards on 14 carries, I'm not really going to try and argue that.
Linval Joseph (+2.8) - A well-earned honor, too. Joseph was a force on Sunday. He was credited with a sack and two hurries en route to a +2.0 pass rush grade. He has been consistently above average for the Giants during his contract season and perhaps had his best game of the year this past week. Add in a stop on run defense and 'Anvil' showed up to play.
Key Defensive Contributors
Antrel Rolle (+2.0) - The guy just keeps getting it done. He was targeted twice, the results of which resulted in an interception and an incompletion. He had some vicious stops in the run game and played his heart out. Rolle is now PFF's 11th ranked safety in the NFL, and that's only because Rolle had a slow start to the season. Over the past five or six games, no one's been better.
Jonathan Hankins (+1.9) - A mountainous figure in the middle of that defensive front, nobody had a better run defense grade than "Big Hank" did at +2.3. He is at worst an immovable mass, but as the movement skills to develop into a disruptive force. He played only 25 snaps.
Prince Amukamara (+1.7) - Amukamara is having a non-descript season by any standard, but showed up on Sunday. He was given a +1.2 in pass coverage as he did not allow any big plays under his watch. All the more impressive is that he was sick and vomited on the sidelines, yet still managed to play well.
Ryan Mundy (+1.1) - Mundy's grade came all from pass rushing as he was the main blitzer utilized by Perry Fewell. He was exceedingly efficient, nabbing a sack and two hurries in only four blitzes. Well done.
Jon Beason (-3.7) - PFF has Beason down as giving up 68 yards on 3 catches in pass coverage. I know Beason's cover skills aren't exactly Revis-esque, but that was pretty bad. He also didn't do any favors to the Giants in run defense. I think this grade is a bit questionable, but it is what it is.
Mathias Kiwanuka (-2.7) - I'm not sure I understand why Kiwanuka got such a bad grade this week. He's been a popular scapegoat, but PFF has him down for two sacks, a hit and a hurry. I don't know if I believe that, but I do think he didn't have a terrible game. Nevertheless, his run defense graded out poorly.
Justin Tuck (-1.8) - Now THIS I have trouble believing. Pro Football Focus has him at only three quarterback hurries en route to a -1.0 pass rush grade. I strongly disagree. I saw Tuck around the QB on almost every snap, and while he didn't finish, there's no way he had only three hurries. I counted six when I saw the game. He also had a QB hit that PFF did not credit him for on the Cullen Jenkins pressure that led to a sack.
Mike Patterson (-1.4) - Patterson has been a strong rotational player for the Giants all year, but I think he was the weakest of the four defensive tackles to log significant snaps on Sunday. It was an uncharacteristic day for him logging in a -1.1 in run defense, which he has traditionally been a stalwart this year.
Markus Kuhn (-1.2) - Kuhn managed this grade in only 10 snaps, getting blown off the ball in run defense and generating no pressure when pass rushing.
Terrell Thomas (-1.1) - Thomas was graded down for his run defense as he missed a tackle. I didn't notice anything else too egregious from him and there was no real explanation for the grade.
Impact Special Teams Performers
Steve Weatherford (+1.2) - Weatherford has had an up and down year, but has been strong as of late, allowing minimal punt return yardage and angling his kicks beautifully.
Even though the Giants' running backs had 25 yards, they totaled 26 yards after contact. How's that possible? It means they got hit behind the line of scrimmage and had to bulldoze their way forward, a sad testament to the offensive line.
Despite what everyone thought was a good game, Jerrel Jernigan graded slightly negatively at -0.1, possibly because of a drop.
Three Seattle CBs had positive grades, eating up the Giants wide receivers.