On Monday, the Seattle Seahawks easily defeated the New York Giants 24-3 at MetLife Stadium.
The Seahawks won thanks to a dominant defense, which finished the game with a franchise-record 11 sacks, including 10 on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner led the Seattle defense with 17 tackles and two sacks, while Jordyn Brooks, Devon Witherspoon, and Uchenna Nwosu each had two.
Rookie cornerback Witherspoon had the greatest play of the night, intercepting Jones in the third quarter and returning it 97 yards for a touchdown, turning what might have been a competitive game into a landslide triumph.
“We’re not a finished product; we’re just getting started,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll remarked.
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“It’s really exciting to be able to tell you that because it feels like what I’m probably altogether most proud of is how we played the second half of the last three weeks.”
When asked about Witherspoon, the No. 5 overall choice in this year’s NFL draft, Carroll said, “I never thought he’d play like this.” This is why we chose him: to be active and demonstrate that he understands the game of football and that it comes naturally to him. He’s a fast, dynamic player.”
The Seahawks are currently 3-1 heading into a Week 5 bye. According to ESPN, the Giants are 1-3 and have led for a total of 19 seconds in all four of their games this season.
Despite the strong defensive effort, Seattle’s night was marred by the loss of safety Jamal Adams, who sustained a concussion on the ninth play of the game while playing for the first time in 13 months after a quadriceps injury.
“He’ll be fine,” Carroll assured. “He was kicked in the head and will miss this game.” But the preparation to bring him here, then the week off, he’ll be OK, and he’ll be back out there, I’m sure. It’s simply a little hiccup right now.”
Seattle quarterback Geno Smith scored on a touchdown throw to DK Metcalf in the first quarter, then Noah Fant broke two tackles for a 51-yard gain that set up a touchdown for Kenneth Walker III on the following play.
Smith hurt his knee in the first quarter after receiving his own pass that was batted back to him, but he returned to the game in the second half. He subsequently said that he felt “some slight pain” but was relieved that he “came out okay” following Isaiah Simmons’ tackle.
The Giants were held to 248 yards of total offense and, for the second game this season, were punished for a sluggish start, being outscored 14-3 in the first half.
“We had a good week [in practice],” said Giants head coach Brian Daboll. “Defense, I thought, we did a lot of excellent things but didn’t get the job done. Special teams had too many penalties and did not score on offense. We need to find out how to improve it.”
The Giants now have two road games left, against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and the Buffalo Bills on October 16, while the Seahawks play the Cincinnati Bengals on October 15.