Instant Seahawks Response: Seattle Sports wins 27-13 over Giants

Not only are the Seahawks alone in first place in the NFC West for another week, but they made what may be their biggest statement yet with Sunday’s 23-17 win over the New York Giants.

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The Giants came into play with a 6-1 record, but the Seahawks clawed their way to victory in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to a superb defensive performance that ended New York’s strong running game.

As we do after every Seahawks game, we collected the instant reactions from Seattle Sports voices. Read what they have to say below, and tune in all Monday to learn more about the Hawks, starting with Brock and Salk at 6 a.m. and The Pete Carroll Show with Seattle’s head coach at 8:30 a.m.

Stacy Rost – Bump and Stacy (10am to 2pm)

A game that started with one surprise ended with another (and if you’re not a fan of surprises, I promise you, that’s okay, because both benefited the Seahawks).

Surprise #1: Seahawks-Giants was the only game in Week 8 that featured two teams with winning records. No one saw the Giants come into the game 6-1 today, and few saw Seattle quarterback Geno Smith enter the game as one of the top five passers in football. But here they had a real chance: New York’s No. 2 rushing offense and Seattle’s promising young rookie running back Kenneth Walker III met two of the worst defenses in football. The Giants allowed the league’s worst 5.7 yards per carry, and Seattle gave up over 150 rushing yards per game.

Here’s the second surprise: With this year’s NFL season feeling even weirder than usual, the Seahawks held the Giants to 78 rushing yards and New York held Seattle to 87 (both running backs – Walker and New York’s Saquon Barkley – managed to finding the end zone ), and after the final whistle neither looked like a defensive unit who had been slashed open on the ground earlier this year.

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It was weird (a Halloween night game is always a time for something weird, right?). But here’s what else to take away from this: If the Seahawks’ defense can maintain their solid game, combined with an offense averaging 26 points per game, this group suddenly looks like a wildcard team in a weakened NFC. Maybe Seattle has another surprise in store…

Mike Salk – Brock and Salk (6am-10pm)

Championships aren’t won in the first half of the season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish important things that will set the stage for the big moments to come. And the Seahawks certainly set that stage. At 5-3, winners of three straight games against high-profile opponents (I’m nice to the 2-4 Cardinals), and with a rookie league that’s improving every week, this Seattle team is legit.

They have a quarterback who has risen to every challenge and seems a perfect fit for this offense. They have an offensive line that protects, doesn’t get confused, and can open holes in the running game. They have a wicked array of weapons that can attack you in a variety of ways and out of formation. They’ve got a defense that’s turned 180 degrees in a month, a corner that shuts down half the court (Tariq Woolen), and some versatile edge rushers that can also operate in space.

And they have a coach who is upset at being revived but is clearly just as energized by coaching this young team as they are coached by him. Pete Carroll’s exuberance, support, faith and philosophy were central to this turnaround. And if his teams generally ended stronger than they started, the future looks very, very bright.

Dave Wyman – Wyman and Bob (2-7pm)/Seahawks Radio

The defense is real. The Seahawks are real.

The Giants came with the second-best rushing attack in the NFL (173.4 yards per game) and the Seahawks’ defense completely erased every threat from the New York offense, holding them on just 78 rushing yards on 28 attempts.

Instead, we saw the best defensive half of the Seahawks season, with New York racking up just 46 yards in the first 30 minutes, and the Giants’ only points before halftime came from a drive at the Seahawks 2-yard line. The emergence of Will “Special Teams Weapon” Dissly also helped turn the tide, forcing two punts and fumbling, resulting in 10 Seahawks points.

Credit also goes to offense, particularly DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, who played through a series of injuries to combined for 11 receptions, 118 yards and two touchdowns. It was Lockett’s 33-yard touchdown reception that completed a five-game 75-yard drive that proved to be the crucial response after the Giants leveled the game. And Geno Smith continues to make smart decisions and great throws, typifying the aforementioned touchdown pass to Lockett that ended Smith’s perfect 5-on-5 outing on that drive.

The Seahawks are 5-3 and alone in first place in the NFC West. It’s a fun team, and more importantly, a team that looks like it’s getting better every week.

Just another Sunday of Seahawks rookie dominance.

The bit of luck that I thought led the Seahawks to four wins now feels like its opposite: outstanding rookie talent, excellent preparation (and adjustments) from a green coaching crew — and yes, an absolute great quarterback game. Geno Smith’s decision making felt confident, calm and solid as he converted two big fourth downs and fought through some drops from Seahawks receivers and an unusually tough day for Tyler Lockett. but this camera shot of Geno talking to Lockett on the bench said it all for me. This is what real, authentic quarterback leadership looks like.

KJ Wright told Brock and Salk last Wednesday that the Seahawks’ running defense against an elite running attack like the New York Giants displayed in the first half of the season “wasn’t really tested,” and I can’t wait to hear what’s coming he has to say on this week’s KJ Wright Show (Wednesdays at 8 a.m. with Brock and Salk) after that young defense grounded Saquon Barkley and co. to just 78 yards and sacked QB Daniel Jones five times. Through Sunday, all of the Giants’ seven games had been decided by a single result, and their last three wins came in the fourth quarter despite being behind. But that Seahawks defense only allowed one touchdown, and I can’t believe it’s the same team we watched last month.

There might have been a small pinch of luck in that win, but luck favors the bold, brave, strong, and prepared.

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