What did we learn Sunday during the New York Giants' 38-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks? Well, we learned that the Giants are playing out the string of a third straight playoff-less season. Here are five other things we learned in another brutal, one-sided loss by the Giants.
Odell Beckham is a star
Beckham promised not to back down from Seattle's Richard Sherman, and he most definitely did not. Beckham caught seven passes for 108 yards. He made two long catches against Sherman, including a 44-yarder and wasn't afraid to tell Sherman about it, either. As we saw, though, while Beckham had his moments Sherman did end up with the last laugh.
Pete Carroll on @OBJ_3: "I thought that he showed that he was a really good football player today, and they've got a great one in that kid."— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) November 10, 2014
You can challenge Richard Sherman, but ...
The guy is an absolutely great player. When you keep going to the well, eventually Sherman is going to make you pay. Beckham had plenty of great moments against Sherman Sunday, but Sherman made the play that mattered most. With the game tied at 17-17 and the Giants in striking range at the Seattle 39-yard line they challenged Sherman deep one more time. This time, Sherman got great position on Beckham, who ended up tipping the ball to Earl Thomas for the game-changing interception. From there, the Giants simply got run over.
The Giants' defense is embarrassingly bad
The amazing part of that statement is that Seattle didn't even really have to try to take advantage of the Giants' depleted secondary to prove it. The Giants had absolutely no clue how to contain the edge against Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, again and again giving up contain while Wilson ran 14 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. When they weren't giving up the edge, they were getting run over straight up the middle by Marshawn Lynch, who ran 21 times for 140 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. Christine Michael had four carries for 71 yards. In all, Seattle ran for 350 yards on 45 carries, 7.8 yards per carry.
The defensive ends and outside linebackers showed a complete lack of discipline and awareness. The defensive tackles, aside from a couple of plays by second-year man Johnathan Hankins, were completely over-powered.
I don't know if Tom Coughlin is losing his job after this season, or right now whether or not he deserves to. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has to go. The Giants gave up 510 yards of total offense, have given up no less than 423 in their last four games and have surrendered 34.0 points per game during their four-game losing streak. They have allowed 400 yards or more six times this season.
The Giants did play with passion
They played hard, they got four turnovers from the Seahawks, but were just physically over-powered by the Seahawks. They surrendered 350 rushing yards, the most the Giants have given up since a 366-yard game by the Buffalo Bills in 1978, and ran for only 54 yards on 17 carries (3.2 yards per carry). The Giants had to play a perfect game offensively to overcome the fact that their defense is, well, defenseless, and they couldn't do it. They got only 10 points off the four Seahawks' turnovers. They committed a couple of penalties that stopped drives. They committed a critical, game-changing turnover.
Eli can still throw the deep ball
The Giants have been criticized for not taking enough deep shots this season. Sunday, they took plenty -- maybe one too many since it was a deep shot from Manning to Beckham that ended up turning into the game-changing interception. Still, take it as a positive that the Giants did complete five passes of 20 yards or more. The 44-yard pass to Beckham was a great throw, as was a 25-yard pass to Preston Parker.
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