This defensive front has really been coming along for this team in the last month. In fact, many felt that they would be the deciding factor in yesterday’s game. The early pressure on McCoy forced him into some poor throws, one resulting in an interception. But, the Giants barely passed the ball yesterday. Seattle was able to record 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits and it probably would have been more if the Giants attempted more than 22 passes.
All in all, this Seattle front four put together a nice game and held this Giants offense in check for the majority of the game. The addition of Carlos Dunlap has been over-emphasized and rightfully so, as ever since his arrival, the Seahawks have been more successful in getting home. The defense did its part yesterday and I expect them to continually improve as the season winds down.
I am a broken record on this, but over the last month, rookie LB Jordyn Brooks has shown flashes. Yesterday, he was once again impressive in coverage and displayed his excellent speed against the rush. Linebackers K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner also put together a nice game in coverage. Giants TE Evan Engram, is known to be a mismatch for most linebackers as he is one of the faster tight ends in the NFL. But, yesterday, Bobby Wagner made a really nice break on the ball against Engram in coverage.
I know Daniel Jones wasn’t in, but I thought the Seahawks did a good job of slowing down Engram, who is effective in running drag routes and making something out of nothing. Outside of the big run from Wayne Gallman, this Seattle defense did its job.
As alluded to earlier, Colt McCoy only threw the ball 22 times. Engram received the most targets and they mainly came on hitch routes against the blitz. Quandre Diggs had another interception and an impressive return early in the game. Shaquill Griffin held his own guarding Darius Slayton and former Seahawk, Golden Tate.
With Tre Flowers now on IR, D.J. Reed will be seeing an increase in snaps as CB2. He also had a solid game yesterday game. I know it felt as if the Giants ran every time, but this is the type of game that builds confidence for the back end.
Jamal Adams was worth every single pick. He was all over the place yesterday. He did a good job in coverage against Engram and was able to record another sack. No other defensive back has as many sacks as Jamal Adams. I had mentioned this about a month or so ago, but, this Seattle backend hasn’t had enough time to develop chemistry.
We have seen over the last month with the return of Shaq Griffin and Jamal Adams, everything is coming to fruition. With more pressure applied up front, the defensive backs don’t have to cover for as long and as a result, they are giving up fewer points each game.