Its time for our weekly Five Questions, Five Answers look at Seattle’s upcoming opponent.
Today our guest is Jordan Raanan, who covers the Giants for NJ.com (follow him on Twitter at @JordanRaanan).
Q1, What has gone wrong for the Giants since the 3-2 start?
A: Well, the 3-2 start in a way was a mirage. Look at the teams they beat Houston, Washington and Atlanta. Turns out, none of them are good. And now the Giants are devastated by injury, they’re discombobulated on defense, allowing the most 20-plus-yard passing plays of any team to only play eight games, and inconsistent offensively (somewhat expected with a new system and so many new players). Put it all together and it’s a bad combination.
Q2. How has Eli Manning adjusted to the new offense? Looks like his interceptions are way down. Eli has actually played pretty well this year.
A: I gave him an A- grade for the first half of the season. He has better than a 3:1 touchdown pass to interception ratio with 16 TDs and 5 INTs. Heck, he threw than many interceptions when these teams met last year. The reality is he just doesn’t have enough around him to be successful.
3. New York’s secondary appears really beat up. How will that look this week?
A: Veteran cornerback Zack Bowman was in the hospital on Thursday with an abdominal problem. Without him, the corners are four guys who weren’t on the active roster to start the season. Did I mention their best active cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, is playing through an injury that has limited him for the past month and a half and he limps around the field?
4. New York’s defense ranks 28th in the NFL. What have been the major issues besides the injuries in the injuries in the secondary?
A: The two biggest problems are a lack of a consistent pass rush and breakdowns on the back end. The pass rush is almost expected. The constant missed assignments is puzzling.
Q 5. How much life do you think will be left in the Giants after the loss on Monday night and having to make a cross-country trip on a short week?
A: The Giants usually get up to play for coach Tom Coughlin. They’ve hung around in the first half their past two games before being overmatched by the Cowboys and Colts. I’d expect much of the same in Seattle. Eventually the Giants will wear down and get blown away by a better and more talented team.