1. HANDLE GENO’S EARLY ATTACK
Geno Smith’s Seattle Seahawks have outscored opponents 61-31 in the first quarter this season. Smith leads all NFL QBs with a 73.5 completion % even with his respectable 8.0 yards per attempt. The Giants typically start slow in the first quarter, outscored 34-23 by opponents. They can’t dig too deep a hole. Seahawks rookie RB Kenneth Walker III (6.1 yards per carry, four TDs) might help deter one of the Giants’ patented late comebacks.
2. RUN SAQUON AND DJ
The Seahawks defense allows 149.7 rush yards per game, third-worst in the NFL. Last Sunday in Jacksonville, Daniel Jones (107) and Saquon Barkley (110) just became the first Giants QB-RB combination ever to both rush for more than 100 yards in the same game. The plan doesn’t change in the Pacific Northwest, especially with injuries to the O-line: pound the rock.
3. MANAGE THE CROWD NOISE
Seattle’s “12th man” deafening crowd at Lumen Field will force Jones and the Giants offense into a silent count for the entire game. Players say the field’s vertical overhang sends the loud crowd noise bouncing back and forth, increasing the decibels. The Giants’ huge 2020 win in Seattle happened in an empty stadium, so most of this team hasn’t experienced this yet. They’ll have to be prepared on both sides of the ball, including on defense, to avoid a third TD allowed with 10 men on the field this season.