Here's my weekly DVR analysis for the Giants/Seahawks game...
* Last week, I wrote "worst game of the year." Double Ditto for this week. But I can't really blame the loss on the running game.
Overall, our RBs had 47 yards (again) on 12 carries for 3.9 ypc. Most of the yards were from one 26 yard run by Lynch. We also got a 1st down on a Whitehurst sneak.
* Q1 - 10 yards on 5 carries for 2ypc. Highlight: Lynch and his teammates push the scrum for a first down with an additional 15 yards for a Giant facemask penalty.
[14:55] Andrews totally whiffed on his block. Carlson was running across to take out the DE, but failed to recognize the free DT who meets Lynch in the backfield for a 2 yard loss.
[5:44] Eight in the box. Both lines slide left, but no holes open as Lynch pushes for 2 yards.
[1:52] With three receivers, the D plays pass. The lines slide left while Baker cuts the DE for a nice hole. Lynch is a bit slow to make his move, but is able to pound for five yards.
[1:20] This is THE PLAY. Eight defenders in the box. Spencer slides his man across to the left. The guards push their men out of the play, as does Locklear. Pitts blocks to the side, but his man escapes to get Lynch, who turns the DE and pushes. Pitts pushes too. Butler and Locklear join the party and the scrum keeps moving. It's Locklear who helps spring Lynch free to get the first down. The 15 yard Giant facemask penalty was away from the play.
[:54] Nine defenders in the box against Forsett. We have three TEs on the right side. The TEs block too few Giants as a LB gets into the backfield untouched. Forsett loses one yard.
[:12] Lynch loses his balance, rocks forward, and gets a false start penalty.
* Q2 - 5 yards on 2 runs. 2.5 ypc. Highlight: 4 yards on a textbook play.
[9:10] Football 101. With a TE in the slot, everybody on the line gets their man and pushes straight ahead. Nice job by Gibson, doubling with Spencer and releasing to get a linebacker. Lynch runs up, picks his spot, and fights for a solid four yards.
[8:10] The lines slide right. Lynch goes right, but the hole isn't where he expected it. Had he turned it inside behind Spencer, he would have had an easy gain. Instead, Lynch delayed, then went outside. By then the Giants had swarmed.
* Q3 - 2 yds on 3 runs. 0.7 ypc. Lowlight: A perfect stunt by the outside LB hits Lynch for a loss of two.
[13:20] The outside LB anticipated a run to his side. He stunted behind Locklear's DE and runs untouched to meet Lynch. Carlson stands there in the slot position with no chance to make a play. The only way to beat this would be if Locklear got a great push. Instead, the DE snapped to Locklear and neutralized him. Great play, Giants. Loss of two.
[10:00] With eight in the box, the lines reach a stalemate. Lynch powers for two.
[9:25] With Morrah in the slot, he and Locklear engage their men well. Andrews pulled behind Locklear, but was sloppy blocking the LB. Lynch chooses the wrong way around Andrews and is swamed for a gain of two yards.
* Q4 - 30 yds on 2 runs. 15 ypc. Highlight: Lynch finds a gaping hole for a 26 yard gain.
[14:28] Giants LB 59 blitzes while Lynch goes the other way around Whitehurst. Morrah takes his man to the outside as Locklear seals the scrum. Lynch sees nothing but daylight. He later breaks two tackles before the secondary gang tackles him for a 26 yard gain.
[:34] Last play of the game. Eight in the box. Lynch is still playing hard and gets four beastly yards.
* Overall Blocking - The line was surprisingly good with few errors. Of course, there were only 12 RB plays and a sneak. Andrews made two errors: on the first play, he totally whiffed. His later error was minor. He made the block on the LB, but it was sloppy and confused Lynch. With 3 TEs in a group, they only took on two defenders and let one free. We need more practice on that one.
Aside from those three plays, the line and TEs played well. Sure, they could have gotten more push here and there. That said, the Giants simply played great defense. They were strong, fast, disciplined, tackled well, and only overplayed the ball once. They loaded the box often in the first quarter, taking away our confidence in the run and forcing the pass. Once we got behind, the running game was an afterthought.
* Play calling - We didn't have a fullback and we didn't have Tate. We had no plays with two running backs. As creative as we got was putting a TE in the slot to make it look like a 3WR set. Nine of twelve running plays (aside from the sneak) were on 1st down. The other three were on 2nd down and went for 5, 2, and 26 yards.
* Runners - Three 1st Downs (including the sneak.) No fumbles (aside from the Washington return.) No TDs. There were a couple of plays where Lynch could have made a better decision. One was clear, the other was confusing because of a sloppy Andrews block. On the other hand, there were numerous plays where Lynch pounded hard for his yards. The guy deserves respect. Forsett only had one run and was met head on in the backfield.
* Overall - You can't blame this loss on the running game. We passed on 3rd down and failed to get drives for points. Given that Charlie didn't face much pressure, blame this loss on Whitehurst, the receivers, and the defense. I often hold the o-line responsible for our losses. They weren't the problem this week.