10 Keys to Victory vs. Seahawks

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Here are the 10 keys to a Giants victory on Sunday

1. Start strong. Seattle has outscored its opponents by 53 points in the first half this season. In the opening two quarters for New York, the Giants trail by 62 this season, which is third-worst in the NFL. It’s tough to come from behind against the Seahawks’ top-ranked passing defense.

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2. Feed Andre. If there is a weakness of the NFL’s No. 1 defense, it’s the run game. The Seahawks are just 15th against the run, which is good news for Giants running back Andre Brown. He’s averaging 4.3 yards per carry and has racked up 424 yards in five games since coming back from a fractured leg.

3. Stay disciplined. The one-two punch of Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch leaves one-on-one matchups against them less than desirable. Maintain the lanes and clog the gaps.


4. Battle. The Seahawks’ secondary makes its name on physicality. Big Blue’s wide receivers need to fight through it to get their releases.

5. Win the turnover differential. The Giants are an NFC-worst minus-13. The Seahawks are plus-12.

6. Keep Wilson in the pocket. While he scrambles to pass before he scrambles to run, Wilson is effective because he extends plays outside of the pocket.

7. Maintain blocks. Seattle doesn’t blitz often, but its defenders are relentless. The Seahawks dominate when they outwork their opponent.


8. Eleven to the ball. Arm tackles won’t do the job against Lynch, the fifth-leading rusher in the NFL. Gang tackling will keep the Seattle running back from going into “beast mode.”

9. Three phases. In order to beat arguably the best team in the NFL, the Giants will need to put together a complete game in all three phases – offense, defense, and special teams.

10. Play with pride. The Giants will play the final three games of 2013 outside of the playoff picture, but they can send a message with their resiliency, starting against one of the top teams in the NFL.