Seattle Seahawks relied on strong defensive efforts, including several turnovers,
including a fantastic pick-six by Devin Vadarpoon, to secure a 21-point road win in New Jersey. Dealing with multiple injuries, Seattle Seahawks had to employ a major defensive effort to handle the challenges posed by the New York Giants.
On the scoreboard, turning defensive plays into points, Devin Vadarpoon returned an interception for a touchdown, and Jordan Brooks stepped up with some solid defensive plays to help Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Giants 24-3 on Monday Night Football.
In spite of battling a knee ailment during the second quarter, Geno Smith initiated the scoring by connecting with DK Metcalf for a seven-yard touchdown pass, and right before the conclusion of the opening half, Ken Walker III contributed with a one-yard rushing touchdown.
In a passing clinic, four different Seahawks shattered the team’s single-game record, making life difficult for Daniel Jones.
Filling up the stat sheet in all categories, Vadarpoon became a superstar in front of a national audience. After a strong performance against the Panthers last weekend, Vadarpoon continued to wreak havoc, chasing down the passer, running for tackles, and providing crucial stops.
In the third quarter, Vadarpoon delivered a game-changing blow to the Giants, who were threatening at the three-yard line. However, Jones threw a desperation pass in the end zone, which was intercepted by the resilient cornerback, sealing the game with a 97-yard pick-six and seemingly delivering a dagger to the Giants’ hopes.
The Giants’ offense struggled to gain traction due to the explosive duo of Geno Smith and the aggressive defensive line. The passing game lacked its usual fireworks in MetLife.
Watching Seattle’s defensive dominance throughout the night, it’s evident that Smith and his counterparts didn’t need to stay in their A-game. While the experienced quarterback completed six of his first seven passes, penalties derailed a few drives, and consistent aggression kept the Giants pinned down, resulting in Seattle taking a commanding 21-0 lead.
Apart from one drive that ended without a point after a strip-sack by Mario Edwards, the offense gifted an excellent starting field position inside the 10-yard line, which Smith converted into a seven-yard touchdown, giving Seattle a 7-0 lead.
During that possession, the Seahawks faced difficulty in expanding their lead as Smith grappled with a knee injury, leading to an unwise pass attempt that got intercepted, and he took a heavy hit along the sideline.
Without helping the cause, guards Phil Haines and Damien Lewis also got injured, compromising their protection. They went out for a few series, and Drew Lock put on a commendable performance in his first game action.
Teaming up with Noah Fant, a 51-yard completion to Walke
r just before halftime extended the lead to 11. However, overall, it was an ugly offensive performance as Seattle managed only three field goals out of their third trip to the red zone from 281 total yards.
Following a virtually absent initial half, Seattle’s rushing game discovered its rhythm in the latter half of the match.
In the first two quarters, the Seahawks seemed prepared to give away an egg, as they did against the Giants last year, coming out of halftime with only 30 yards gained in their first 11 yards carried by Lock. Due to most of the half being bottled up, Walker ran only 19 yards on nine carries, averaging a tough two yards per carry, unable to push through the scrimmage line.
But coming out of halftime, Seattle re-committed to the running game, and while it didn’t result in more points on the scoreboard, Walker and Zack Charbonnet helped secure consecutive wins.
In the final quarter, with the objective of stretching the team’s advantage to 21 points, Walker made strides toward the end zone, breaking loose from the red zone on a 31-yard run. He concluded the last two quarters with merely eight carries, accumulating a total of 60 yards.
Charbonnet also managed some improvement, running five times for 31 yards, punishing defenders with his physicality. The team wrapped up the game with a total of 121 rushing yards, boasting an impressive average of 5.3 yards per carry, a marked improvement compared to their performance against the New York team last year.
Playing against an aggressive defensive line, Clint Hart turned up the heat with his blocking, contributing to a party of sacks against the quarterbacks. With 11 sacks in total as a team, which is tied for the most in franchise history, the Seahawks harassed Jones all night from all levels of the defense.
In the first half, with two of Vadarpoon’s sacks along with a strip-sack by Mario Edwards, they snatched the fifth-year quarterback, and Brooks returned inside the Giants’ 10-yard line, setting up Smith’s touchdown pass to Metcalf.
In the next two quarters, Brooks and Bobby Wagner recorded sacks from their linebacker spots, while Uchenna Nwosu had a pair of sacks, and Miles Adams also notched his first career sack to further Seattle’s historic total.
Until the final horn sounded, Seattle had collected nearly half a dozen sacks against the beleaguered offensive line.
In fact, even when they didn’t sack Jones, they relentlessly pressured him, including a strong hit by Derek Hall, which contributed to Diggs intercepting Jones in the fourth quarter, marking the first interception of the season.