It’s over. The season is done. Draw a chalk line around this year. It’s now officially a crime scene.
The New York Giants lost another game on Sunday, the same old headline in a season where their record has now dropped to 1-6. This latest loss to the Seattle Seahawks showcased every deficiency this team has had over the course of the season.
In short, it was 2017 in a nutshell for this team.
Three Things We Learned from the Giants in Week 7:
1. Hope is lost – The Giants gave us a glimmer of hope last week in beating the Denver Broncos on the road. But the team notched one back in the ‘L’ column. Back down to earth for a team that is so stacked and loaded and is equally as disappointing.
The season is lost and now the Giants should be in full on tank mode. Every win takes them away from a top three pick and adding an offensive lineman to boost a unit that has been ignored far too long.
Now is the time to start playing the young guys on the roster and developing depth for next season and whoever the head coach will be…
2. The gameplan remains puzzling – Last week, the Giants ran the ball successfully to the tune of 32 times. Against Seattle, the number of rushes was half of the passing attempts, even as the Giants controlled much of the first half. It simply doesn’t add up.
That running back Orleans Darkwa had just nine carries and was good with those limited touches is puzzling; his play last week certainly would have indicated that he should have far more carries on Sunday. The Giants didn’t manage the game well and didn’t remain committed to the run game.
This one falls on head coach Ben McAdoo. With the offense struggling to pass the ball, the disappearance of the run game is inexcusable.
3. The defense is terrible – The bailiwick of this team was supposed to be their defense. On Sunday, it held well but wasn’t nearly as dominant as hoped.
The Giants generated just a single sack on Sunday against a poor Seahawks offensive line. They allowed 26 first downs and a 46 percent conversion rate on third down, numbers far below what they showed last year.
This defense was supposed to carry the offense, especially after being the second-best scoring defense in the league in 2016. It hasn’t played out that way this year.