For the second time in four weeks, the NY Giants are in a must-win situation. After a tough 30-12 loss to the potential Super Bowl contending San Francisco 49ers, the Giants have another nationally televised game ahead of them on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks. The Giants are no strangers to Seattle, as the two teams met last season in a game where the Seahawks won 27-13.
But this game will be played back home for the Giants at MetLife Stadium. It will be their first game back in their building since the rainy disaster of Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys. For the Giants faithful, three weeks has been enough time to shake off the filth of what Dallas laid on them.
With two more road games after the Seahawks - vs. the high-powered Miami Dolphins and the tough Buffalo Bills - the pressure is on for Seattle to get the job done on Monday night. What will the Giants need to do in order to compete and win against the Seahawks? Let’s break it down:
4. Clean up the missed tackles
One of the biggest blunders the Giants made against the 49ers was their consistent missing of tackles the entire game: 16 of them. The Seahawks were a playoff team a year ago and if you miss tackles against their offense, they are going to make you pay in the scoreboard department.
In the Seahawks last two games, they have put up 37 points consecutively in victories against the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers. Missing tackles can mean disaster for the Giants defense, especially with the playmakers Seattle has.
A year ago, Seattle put up 27 points against the Giants defense and 14 of those came in the fourth quarter. Seattle can run the football well behind Kenneth Walker, so Wink Martindale will need to gear up to stop him. Not wrapping him up and letting him run free will result in a lot of last week’s results when the Giants let Christian McCaffrey run all over them.
The Giants can not get away with another poor tackling effort for a second straight week if they want to get a victory against the Seahawks. Martindale said he's confident his defense will bounce back and they most definitely need to vs. Pete Carroll's men.