Giants steamrolled the Seahawks. The Giants played their best game of the year. They dominated this game! This impressive win in a hostile environment cements the Giants as the best team in this volatile NFL. With this lopsided win, the Giants are 6-2 and in first place in the NFC East. The only thing which can put a dent in this well oiled locomotive is injuries. If the Giants can stay healthy, they will represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLV.
Speaking about being super, the Giants annihilated the Seahawks in every category.
Time of possession: Giants 42:34 Seahawks 17:26
First downs: Giants 30 Seahawks 8
Rushing: Giants 197 Seahawks 49
Passing: Giants 290 Seahawks 113
Total yards Giants 487 Seahawks 162
Eli Manning was almost perfect. He finished the game 21 out of 32 attempts for 290 yards and THREE touchdowns. More importantly, Eli did not throw an interception. His average pass per attempt was a phenomenal 9.1 yards. This number is off the charts. Former NFL head coach and NBC analyst Tony Dungy considers seven yards per pass as excellent.
As well as they passed the football, the Giants were outstanding running the ball . A three headed monster of Bradshaw, Jacobs, and Ware gained a total of 201 yards. With the Giants having balanced offensive attack, tremendous credit has to go to the offensive line. Even with starting center Shaun O'Hara out, the Giants did not miss a beat.
Another fantastic game for Big Game Hakeem Nicks. Nicks hauled in 6 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown. With another 100 yard game under his belt, Nicks has three 100 yard games receiving this year. Nonetheless, Nicks is having a superb season. Can we make a case for Nicks being a potential MVP candidate? Through eight games, Nicks has caught 51 passes for 653 yards and nine touchdowns. And he is averaging almost 13 yards per catch. (12.8 avg)
With Terrell Thomas and Corey Webster intercepting passes and Jonathon Goff recovering a fumble, the Giants were on the plus side of the important takeaway/giveaway differential. The Giants were a PLUS 2. Needless to say, they improved to a minus 3 on the year.
On third down conversions, the Giants offense was 6/13- a 46 percent conversion rate. While on defense, the Giants kept the Seattle offense on idle. The Seahawks had a total of 10 possessions. And Seattle was 1 out of 8 on third downs. This is a 12 percent conversion rate. Half of their possessions were three and outs. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has this defense playing at a high level. In fact, NBC's Cris Collinsworth mentioned Fewell as a possible head coaching candidate in 2011.
In the red zone, the Giants offense is scoring touchdowns. Against Seattle, the Giants were 4 for 7.
Although I am carping, the Kevin Boss fumble.
The Giants were almost flawless in every phase. Offense, defense, and special teams are humming. Let us hope they continue this outstanding play for the remainder of the season. Go Big Blue!