O’Neil: Seahawks’ D stands out even more by holding Giants to single digits

Oct 22, 2017, 6:58 PM

Sheldon Richardson and the Seahawks' D put up it most dominant effort yet vs. New York. (AP)...

Sheldon Richardson and the Seahawks' D put up it most dominant effort yet vs. New York. (AP)


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Seahawks held the Giants to 177 yards of total offense, the seventh-fewest yards allowed by Seattle in a regular-season game during Pete Carroll’s eight seasons.

They also held an opponent to fewer than 10 points for the second time this season, and have allowed more than 20 points just once all season.

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“What do you want me to tell you?” Pete Carroll said when asked about what the game said about his defense. “This is a really good group. We’ve had like three bad plays this year. Really. There’s like three terrible plays that are worth about 200 yards that make us look entirely different than what we are. And we know that.”

Those three plays:

• A 61-yard rush by San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde in the second quarter of Seattle’s second game this season.

• A 55-yard touchdown, which Titans receiver Rishard Mathews scored on a screen pass in the third quarter of the third game.

• A 75-yard touchdown run by Titans running back Derrick Henry

For the record, that’s 191 yards worth of offense, but it does make a significant difference in Seattle’s season totals. The Seahawks gave up 33 points to the Titans, but have not allowed more than 18 points in any other game.

The seven points allowed to the Giants was a season-low for Seattle.

“We had a nice game tonight,” Carroll said. “And we’ll put it back together and we’ll take it to next week.”

Seahawks rotate guards

Rookie Ethan Pocic started at left guard, but Seattle changed personnel by possession with Pocic and veteran Mark Glowinski alternating.

“It was great to get both of those guys playing,” Carroll said. “That just helps us. We’ll be better for it. Can’t wait to see the film, see how the guys did. They’re in a competition for the starting spot, and it’s rare that you see offensive linemen rotate, and we got through it and it worked out OK. That just makes us better.”

Pocic also played about half a dozen snaps at center after Justin Britt was being evaluated by Seattle trainers. Britt returned to the game.

C.J. Prosise injured again

C.J. Prosise was active for the Seahawks. Briefly.

After being listed as questionable entering the game because of a sprained ankle, Prosise lasted exactly one game before leaving with a sprained ankle.

“First play, he tweaked his ankle,” Carroll said. “We expected him to play and be a part of it. He had a good solid week, but obviously he wasn’t quite ready. He had it happen in pass protection, I believe. We’ll try to get him back.”

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