Saturday, October 8, 2011

Seahawks Hope to Bounce Back Against the Giants

(Photo Courtesy of @RGray525)

By Wyatt Lyles 
Tomorrow the Seahawks take on the New York Giants in their final game before the bye week. Sitting at 1-3, it would be nice to get a win here and not be 1-4 going into the bye. In order to do that, though, the Seahawks need to make some adjustments. Here are my three keys to winning Sunday's game. 

1. Run the ball well
This Giants team is one that that has allowed a running back to get 100+ yards on the ground in back-to-back weeks. Overall, they're allowed about 117 yards rushing per week. this is something that the Seahawks will need to capitalize on if they hope to win this game. While the run game hasn't exactly been all that spectacular, the offensive line has been getting better, and if there was any week to finally break out big, this would be the week. The Seahawks need to keep on committing to the run and feeding the ball to Marshawn Lynch. If he can get himself heated up, we could see another Beast Mode run sometime here soon. 

2. Beef up the pass rush 
After four games, the Seahawks only have five sacks as a team. Last week, they had zero sacks. This is something that has been a bit of a problem with their defense thus far. The run defense is great. The secondary has been adequate. The pass rush, however, hasn't been great. They just aren't generating enough pressure on the quarterback. They aren't forcing them to make bad throws. They're pretty much just standing around watching the quarterbacks throw the ball. That's why they've only got two interceptions thus far as well. They need to get back there and force Eli Manning into mistakes in order to get an edge in this game. Make him throw on the run, make him throw it away fast before he gets hit, just throw off his rhythm. Just don't let him stand back there and take his sweet time. That won't help you win any games. 

3. Keep making improvements on special teams 
Special teams was the focal point of this team last season. They are what kept us in most games. That hasn't been the case for most of this season. In week one, they gave up two special teams touchdowns. In weeks two and three, they just couldn't get any nice returns going. Last week, however, they started to see sparks of life. Leon Washington had a couple nice returns that put us in great field position to start drives. As we all know, football is a game of field position. If they can give us a short field to start drives from, it can go a long ways to scoring points and winning games. Hopefully they can continue with the success of last week's improvement and help us win this game. 

With all this said, I'm not completely confident that the Seahawks can win this game tomorrow. I think that if they play they way they did in the second half last week, but only for the whole game this time, a win is totally possible. I just don't know if that will happen. I am totally ready to be proven wrong and surprised though. I look forward to a greta game either way. 

Seahawks 17 - Giants 24 

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