New York Giants defense has tall task of covering DK Metcalf on Sunday

Nov 19, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) participates in early pregame warmups against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants will face off with one of the best teams in the NFL on Sunday. New York is traveling to Seattle to play the 8-3 Seahawks, led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson. The Giants’ defense has been stellar in 2020, but this will be their toughest task yet. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense has been phenomenal this season.

The Seahawks are used to getting elite quarterback play from Russell Wilson. Year in and year out, Wilson is one of the best signal-callers in the NFL. But this year, the Seahawks have benefited from the emergence of superstar wide receiver DK Metcalf. In his second professional season, Metcalf has had a breakout year, establishing himself as a true superstar in the NFL. Metcalf has dominated cornerbacks this season, giving the Giants the tall task of covering him while also accounting for the likes of Tyler Lockett and Chris Carson on Sunday.

DK Metcalf Stats and Highlights

If the Giants want to contain DK Metcalf, they better double cover him. Metcalf has dominated single coverage this season. According to Pro Football Focus, Metcalf leads the NFL in total receiving yards against single coverage with 768 yards. The second-highest total is 568 yards by Davante Adams, a full 200 yards less than DK. Metcalf has also totaled 8 touchdowns versus single coverage this season.

Russell Wilson is one of the best, most accurate deep ball throwers in the NFL. He has taken complete advantage of DK Metcalf’s speed and deep receiving abilities this season. Metcalf has 12 catches 20+ yards downfield this season, tied for the most in the NFL. He also leads the NFL in 30+ yard receptions with 12. The next closest is a tie between Justin Jefferson and DJ Moore with only eight 30+ yard receptions.

Metcalf is the most improved player in the NFL this season. While he was electric as a rookie, Metcalf has hit another level this season. Last year, DK recorded 58 receptions for 900 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns on 100 targets. He has already recorded the same or higher totals in every category this season. Metcalf has 58 receptions for 1,039 yards and 9 touchdowns on 90 targets this season.

Last season, DK Metcalf had two games in which he recorded 90 or more receiving yards. This season, Metcalf already has eight games with 90 or more receiving yards (PFF). And, as dominant as Metcalf is going deep, he is also a true threat with the ball in his hands. Metcalf has forced 15 receiving missed tackles this season, tied with Cooper Kupp for the highest total in the NFL this season amongst wide receivers.

DK Metcalf is also coming off of his best game as a pro. In Seattle’s Week 12 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, DK Metcalf dominated Darius Slay and the Eagles’ secondary. Metcalf totaled 10 receptions on 13 targets for 177 receiving yards. He could not be contained and set Seattle’s offense up in scoring position numerous times.

Thankfully for the New York Giants, they have one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks in James Bradberry. Bradberry has been phenomenal this season, locking down nearly every wide receiver he has faced off against. But this will be his toughest task yet, lining up against the 6-4, 229-pound animal that leads the NFL in receiving, DK Metcalf.