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Grading the Giants

Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York

Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks on before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Nov. 9, 2014 in Seattle. Credit: Getty Images / Otto Greule Jr

OFFENSE

D

Odell Beckham Jr. continues to be the one playmaker in the unit, even when he's going against All-Pro cornerbacks such as Richard Sherman. Eli Manning (29-for-44, 283 yards) reverted to some bad habits and had his first interception in 177 pass attempts, which proved costly. The Giants did win the turnover battle but were able to score points off only one of their three takeaways. The rushing game remains anemic (54 yards on 17 carries).

 

DEFENSE

F

Let this sink in: The Giants allowed 350 rushing yards after coming into the game allowing 110 per game. In other words, the Seahawks accumulated three games worth of rushing yardage against them. The pass rush was absent. Even when they put some pressure on Russell Wilson, they seemed to miss him more than tackle him. They did force three takeaways early, but they missed two opportunities to force a fourth in the fourth quarter.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

B

The one bad play was a punt by Steve Weatherford that should have been downed inside the 5-yard line, but new Giant Chykie Brown was not in position and it bounced into the end zone. Weatherford had another punt that bounced out at the 1, but the Seahawks were offside and the play was whistled dead. Josh Brown connected on a 41-yard field goal. The Giants actually had good coverage on their punts and kickoffs.

 

COACHING

D

The Giants seemed ill-prepared for the read-option, not that the Seahawks could have gone wrong with the ball in the hands of either Wilson or Marshawn Lynch. There were too many occasions when Wilson was all alone on the outside running free. Offensively, the Giants refused to back down against the vaunted Seattle secondary, an attitude that would have been applauded if not for the ill-advised, ill-timed interception. For the second straight year, coach Tom Coughlin must find a way to motivate a team with very little to play for.

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