The Seahawks are now 8-4 after an absolute dud of a performance in Week 13, losing to the Giants, 17-12. New York was without starting quarterback Daniel Jones but was still able to get a win in Seattle with Colt McCoy under center. It was arguably Seattle’s worst loss of the Pete Carroll era.
The Giants defense was dominant all game long, limiting the Seahawks offense to just 10 points. Russell Wilson was uncomfortable all game long, which is where we’ll start in this week’s takeaways.
1. Wilson looks lost, struggles mightily
The Giants sacked Wilson five times and hit him nine times. Leonard Williams accounted for 2.5 sacks and five QB hits all by himself. While the protection wasn’t great, Wilson held onto the ball for far too long on a number of occasions and took unnecessary hits and sacks.
It was also evident that Wilson didn’t trust the protection in front of him. He regularly pulled his eyes down to look at what was in front of him rather than surveying what was developing downfield. Wilson missed open receivers on a few occasions as a result.
Seattle’s offense had one last chance to salvage a win on the final drive of the game but couldn’t get the job done.
Wilson finished the game with 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The pick came on a ball that bounced off of Chris Carson’s hands. The score was also to Carson, a 28-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Remember a few weeks back when the Seahawks defense had an accountability meeting? It’s time for the offense to have one of their own. Wilson and Brian Schottenheimer need to do some serious soul-searching this week.
2. Giants running game takes over in second half
Wayne Gallman ripped off a 60-yard run at the beginning of the second half. That set up New York’s first score, a 4-yard touchdown run for Alfred Morris. Gallman finished the game with 135 yards on just 16 carries. Morris chipped in with eight carries for 39 yards and the score. Morris also had a 6-yard touchdown reception. It was Morris’ first multi-touchdown game since 2014.
McCoy also earned his first win since 2014, though he didn’t have to do much. He threw for just 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
3. Ryan Neal impresses again prior to leaving game with injury
This is obviously a minor footnote, but Neal had another solid game. He had a clutch PBU that led to Quandre Diggs’ fourth interception of the season and later blocked a punt that resulted in a safety. Neal left the game with a hip injury in the second half. Regardless of the severity of the injury, he’s shown all season that he’s worthy of a roster spot in 2021.
Odds and ends
-- Jamarco Jones left the game with a groin injury. He was replaced by Chad Wheeler.
-- Benson Mayowa and Jamal Adams had sacks. Mayowa now has 4.0 on the season and Adams set a new career high with 7.5.