Richie James of the Giants and Dareke Young of the Seahawks reach for...

Richie James of the Giants and Dareke Young of the Seahawks reach for a fumble during the second quarter at Lumen Field on Sunday in Seattle. Credit: Getty Images/Steph Chambers


Not good. The Giants were less bad in the second half than in the first, when they managed three first downs and 46 total yards. But it was not close to enough, as the Seahawks bottled up the running games of both Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones, which clearly was a focus. Barkley ran 20 times for 53 yards and Jones six times for 20. Jones was 17-for-31 for 176 yards passing and was sacked five times in the 27-13 loss. The Giants scored only one touchdown, and that was a gift when they were given the ball at the Seattle 2-yard line after a fumble by Tyler Lockett.


The unit had its moments and did an effective job against the Seattle running game, holding speedy rookie RB Kenneth Walker III to 51 yards on 18 carries, and no rush longer than 16 yards. But Geno Smith threw for two touchdowns and would have had a third if not for a drop by Lockett. He was an efficient 23-for-34 for 212 yards. The defense’s most egregious failure came after the Giants tied the score at 13 early in the fourth quarter. Smith promptly led Seattle down the field with a five-play, 5-for-5 passing performance, capped by a 33-yard TD completion to Lockett.


Graham Gano made two field goals and Jamie Gillan dropped a punt to the 2-yard line, leading directly to a Seattle turnover that set up the Giants’ first touchdown. But none of that makes up for Richie James losing not one but two fumbles on punt returns. The two mistakes led to 10 Seahawks points. Assuming James is ready to play in two weeks after suffering a concussion on Sunday, will the coaches actually trust him in that role again?


Brian Daboll and his staff have worked wonders this season, but the magic ran out just before the bye week. The coaches were unable to solve a Seattle defense that set out to stifle the running games of Barkley and Jones and succeeded most of the afternoon. Daboll deservedly is a leading candidate for NFL Coach of the Year for his work through eight games. Not Sunday, though.

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