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OFFENSE AThe Giants moved the ball as if they were running against a scout team. They had 30 first downs, 487 yards of offense, were 6-for-13 on third downs and converted their one meaningful fourth down. It didn't really matter who the five offensive linemen were, Eli Manning was barely touched and Seattle had one tackle for a loss. Hakeem Nicks caught six passes for 128 yards and a touchdown, one of four Giants with 35 or more receiving yards.

DEFENSEA If you ask the players, they might not give a perfect score. One play cost them a shutout, something several mentioned they believed was within their grasp. Otherwise, the Giants made Charlie Whitehurst's first NFL start miserable. The Seahawks converted just one of eight third downs, had only three possessions that weren't three-and-outs, and finished with 162 total yards, 49 of them on the ground (and 26 of those on one play). The touchdown allowed on a double move in which Corey Webster slipped was the lone blemish.

SPECIAL TEAMSB+ The Giants came up with a way to slow Leon Washington: Just avoid him. With a series of squibs and mortar kicks that came up short, they were able to neutralize the dangerous return man on kickoffs. Washington touched the ball only five times and had just one decent return, a 57-yarder. He also fumbled once, setting up a Giants touchdown. Matt Dodge was needed only once at punter and Lawrence Tynes handled all three of his field- goal attempts.


A The Giants didn't slow down off their bye. The Giants offense averaged 6.2 yards per play, so just about everything they called was working. The defense did a good job of confusing Whitehurst with schemes and were prepared for the expected short pass attack from the youngster. The challenge now is to avoid a letdown Sunday against the Cowboys.

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