Sunday, October 9, 2011
At the half: Giants 14, Seahawks 14
By Mike Mazzeo
Consider the Giants lucky. If they weren't playing the Seahawks, things wouldn't be tied right now.
Nevertheless, here's the good, the bad and the ugly during what was clearly an ugly first half of football at MetLife Stadium.
The Good: Not much. ... Big Blue's red-zone defense has forced two turnovers -- otherwise this would be way worse. ... Osi Umenyiora deserves to be paid. The defensive end already has a sack and a forced fumble. ... Jake Ballard had two catches and 40 yards on the Giants' open drive -- the second one a 12-yard TD reception in which he dragged three Seahawks into the end zone. ... Jason Pierre-Paul has two sacks. ... Aaron Ross' interception led to Hakeem Nicks' ridiculous, one-handed, 19-yard TD catch with 11 seconds left in the first half that tied the game.
The Bad: The Giants' offense after the opening drive (especially the run game), as well as their defense between the 20s. They’ve also dropped at least three interceptions (Deon Grant, 2; Michael Boley, 1).
The Ugly: The Giants' run defense -- again. Marshawn Lynch went off the first half, amassing 68 yards on the ground. After Steve Weatherford shanked a 34-yard punt, Lynch went off right end for 47 yards -- the longest run allowed by the Giants this season -- and scored from a yard out on the next play. ... Also, Eli Manning's interception before the half. He clearly didn't see Earl Thomas at all. In his defense, though, it was his first interception in 99 passes. ... Kevin Boothe has been terrible replacing David Baas. One of his low snaps almost got Mannilng killed, while the other was nearly a turnover if Boothe didn't recover it himself.