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Instant Analysis: Giants unable to overcome another slow start



A slow start once again made it a difficult road for the New York Giants, who fell to the Seattle Seahawks 24-3 on Monday night at MetLife Stadium. The Giants dropped to 1-3 on the season while the Seahawks improved to 3-1.


The Giants hit the road for back-to-back games at Miami (3-1) and at Buffalo (3-1), making it four away contests in a five-week span.

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🏈 Andrew Thomas, the Giants' starting left tackle who hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1, gave it a go this week but "just wasn't feeling right," according to coach Brian Daboll. Thomas went through individual drills in Thursday's practice but was held back Friday and Saturday. The Giants ruled him out of Monday night's home game against the Seahawks on the final injury report, ensuring that the fourth-year pro would miss his third consecutive game. The former fourth overall draft pick has never missed more than three games in a season.

"He went through a few little drills, didn't feel right, we took him out right away and just want to make sure the player's ready to go and do the necessary rehab and stuff," Daboll said. "So, I'd say it's week to week. Whether he'll be ready next week, I'm not sure. Really week to week."

🏈 Thomas was one of two players on the final injury report, the other being just as important to the offense as Thomas. Running back Saquon Barkley, despite practicing all week in a limited capacity, was listed as doubtful heading into Monday with the ankle injury he suffered late in the wild Week 2 comeback victory. He was ruled out on the official inactive list, which is released 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

"It's tough," said Barkley, who confirmed it is a high ankle sprain. "I mean it's one of those things that I think I am doing way better than what a lot of people would expect, especially talking to doctors, that I am further along, but it's frustrating because I am healing fast. But you want it to be faster. You want to heal fast, but it's tough balancing that. Just taking it day by day, just fighting. Every single day I come in and rehabbing and try to get myself back to a place where I can go out there and compete at a high level for my team."

🏈 With Thomas out and Ben Bredeson back from the concussion protocol, the Giants fielded their same starting offensive line from the Week 2 win in Arizona. From left to right, it was Joshua Ezeudu, Bredeson, rookie John Michael Schmitz Jr., Marcus McKethan, and Evan Neal. However, it didn't last long. Schmitz left in the first quarter with a shoulder injury, forcing Bredeson to slide to center and Shane Lemieux to enter the game at left guard. Lemieux suffered an abductor injury later in the game and was replaced by Mark Glowinski.

🏈 Tight end Daniel Bellinger also left early in the game with a knee injury.

🏈 Daniel Jones marched the Barkley-less offense down to the Seahawks' 27 on the opening drive of the game, which included seven runs to three passes. The seventh run was a failed quarterback sneak on fourth-and-one, giving the ball back to Seattle.

🏈 The Seahawks sacked Jones three times in the first quarter, including a strip by defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. Linebacker Jordyn Brooks recovered the fumble and returned it eight yards inside the Giants 10-yard line. Overall, Jones was sacked 10 times, the most of his career.

🏈 Jones, who was the team's leading rusher with 66 yards on 10 carries, threw two interceptions, including a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Devon Witherspoon on a pass intended for wide receiver Parris Campbell. The score gave Seattle a commanding 21-3 lead late in the third quarter.

🏈 The Giants have been outscored 77-9 in four first halves this season.


🏈 Wink Martindale said last week was "the biggest game where (tackling issues) came out and then all of the sudden there is a wildfire that we can't tackle." The defensive coordinator then declared, "Come out Monday night, chart them." Well, the Seahawks' first three plays went for a loss of two yards, no gain, and a loss of five yards on Kayvon Thibodeaux's second sack in as many games.

🏈 That was the good. The bad came on a third-and-10 late in the first half, when tight end Noah Fant evaded tacklers up the sideline for a 51-yard catch-and-run down the Giants' goal line. Drew Lock had just temporarily replaced starting quarterback Geno Smith, who left with a knee injury (he returned in the second half), and Kennth Walker III punched it in for a touchdown and a 14-3 Seahawks lead.

🏈 Thibodeaux recorded another sack in the fourth quarter for the first multi-sack game of his career.

🏈 The Giants held the Seahawks to just three conversions on 12 third-down attempts and none on two fourth-down tries.

🏈 Outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari returned after missing the past two games with a hamstring injury.


🏈 The Giants' punt units had a few miscues throughout the night, including a muffed return by rookie Eric Gray on the first attempt of the game. Veteran Adoree' Jackson assumed return duties after that play.

🏈 On another punt, Gary Brightwell was called for running into the punter (declined) and Cam Brown was penalized for holding (accepted) on the same play.

🏈 Long snapper Casey Kreiter later committed a holding penalty that, coupled with a 23-yard punt return, gave the Seahawks the ball at the plus-40.

🏈 Graham Gano padded his franchise record with his 22nd field goal from 50 or more yards, 13 more than anyone else in Giants history. Joe Danelo kicked nine from 1976-82.


SEA: S Jamal Adams (concussion), G Phil Haynes (calf)

NYG: C John Michael Schmitz (shoulder), TE Daniel Bellinger (knee), OL Shane Lemieux (abductor)


SEA: CB Coby Bryant (toe), CB Tre Brown (concussion), CB Artie Burns (hamstring), LB Nick Bellore, G McClendon Curtis, T Charles Cross (toe), G Ben Brown

NYG: S Bobby McCain, RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), S Gervarrius Owens, T Andrew Thomas (hamstring), DL Jordon Riley


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