The New York Giants are gearing up for a tough contest against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon, and without quarterback Daniel Jones under center, extracting a win from this game is going to be difficult. Nonetheless, the Giants have the 10th ranked defense in points allowed per game, with one of the best run-stopping interior lines in the NFL. However, their pass defense is ranked 19th, indicating they have some problems in the secondary, but they have taken massive strides the past few weeks against some lackluster competition.
Seahawks’ Russell Wilson represents an entirely different beast, considering heâ€™s a future Hall of Famer and is currently in the running for MVP this year. His primary threat is second-year wide receiver DK Metcalf, a player who transcends average size and represents one of the most physical and daunting pass catchers in the league.
For the Giants to win this game, it will take all three phases, but their defense is the one unit that needs to step up big time if they want to stay competitive.
Three keys for the New York Giants to beat Seattle:
1.) Don’t allow any big plays downfield
The one major factor in this game is mitigating plays downfield. As Giants’ cornerback James Bradberry stated, Metcalf is primarily a ‘go-route’ receiver. So far this year, he has four touchdowns from 20+ yards downfield, including over 500 yards. At 6-foot-3 and 229 pounds, he is a physical specimen that is capable of dominating any corner in the league. However, against Jalen Ramsey in week 10, he was limited to just 28 yards.
If Bradberry can take away the deep route, he can force Metcalf to settle for underneath routes, something he is not proficient at. However, on the other side of the field, the Giants have to deal with Tyler Lockett, who has eight touchdowns this year, normally preferring to settle in the short/intermediate portion of the field.
Holding down these two talented receivers is going to be problematic, but the Giants have shown they can compete with any team in the league, performing well against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their trio of pass-catchers.