The latest lesson in a season crammed with remedial achievement is that this: Overlook this one. Go away it on the tarmac when the Giants’ crew constitution goes wheels-up out of Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport. Flush the residue from the collective reminiscence someplace over Nebraska or Iowa. Let it’s gone by the point the aircraft touches down in Newark.
It’s one loss. It’s one misstep. There shouldn’t be a motive to learn any deeper into this. The Seahawks beat the Giants Sunday, 27-13. The Giants misplaced to a surprisingly powerful opponent in an all-but-impossible place to play, Lumen Discipline, 68,921 filling the joint with roars for 3 straight hours.
“Powerful loss,” Giants coach Brian Daboll mentioned. “They did every part a bit higher than we did as we speak.”
It was powerful, and it comes with a problem: One loss needn’t turn into two — or three or 5. That’s been the best way so many Giants seasons of current classic have appeared to go. Lose a tricky one to Dallas/Washington/Philly, and it carries over to the subsequent one towards San Francisco/LA/Arizona. After which on to the subsequent. And the subsequent.
Now, these Giants are nonetheless 6-2. That continues to be (alongside the Cowboys) the third-best document within the NFC behind solely the Eagles and the Vikings. So, not like their current predecessors, they’ve a basis of success to construct on. They’ve a bye subsequent week; it at all times stings to take a seat on a loss for 14 days, however it’s not a horrible time to relaxation aching our bodies.
Daniel Jones and the Giants misplaced to the Seahawks on Sunday.Getty Pictures
“Get your physique to relaxation, regroup, do no matter it’s essential to prepare for the second half,” mentioned Adoree’ Jackson, whose fumble force-and-recovery arrange the Giants’ lone landing. “We’ll be able to go.”
Daboll’s message to his gamers was a easy one.
“Maintain your head up, get a great week at apply,” he instructed them. “Issues occurred this sport we’ve got to remove from taking place. Come Monday, we’ll make corrections, we’ll have the bye week, come again able to go.”
And the 1-5-1 Texans might be ready for the Giants again at MetLife Stadium, on the opposite facet of the bye, with the Lions on deck every week later. There isn’t any motive 6-2 shouldn’t be 8-2 by the point the Giants head to Arlington, Texas for a Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Cowboys.
From there, the schedule will get considerably stiffer, with 5 of the Giants’ six NFC East showdowns nonetheless to come back, plus a visit to the 6-1 Vikings on Christmas Eve. However that’s thus far sooner or later, it’s like one other season. This season continues to be a feel-good success story, with an opportunity to turn into one thing extra.
And the reality is, even this loss shouldn’t weigh heavy on the Giants’ minds. Sure, the offense took just a few steps backwards. Sure, the rating may’ve been much more one-sided if not for Jackson jarring the ball unfastened from Tyler Lockett and recovering the fumble on the Seattle 2-yard-line halfway by the second quarter.
Nonetheless, it’s unimaginable to not marvel how in a different way issues may have gone if not for 2 killer fumbles by Richie James on punts. It’s unimaginable to not marvel if the magical fourth-quarter mojo that has carried the Giants would’ve been totally different with out the ten factors they basically gifted the Seahawks.
Marvel about that. However don’t obsess.
Tyler Lockett of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates a landing towards the Giants.Getty Pictures
There’s no want. These Giants have been totally different from their forebears in each conceivable approach. After the one different loss this season, in Week 3 at dwelling to the Cowboys — one other completely winnable sport that obtained away — the Giants took benefit of the schedule and piled up 4 straight wins, all around the globe.
“We’ve obtained a protracted season to go,” Daboll mentioned. “We had been 3-1 within the first quarter [of the season] and 3-1 within the second quarter. We don’t just like the outcomes as we speak, Seattle earned these outcomes, and we didn’t. You at all times do some self-scouting and repair among the issues we have to repair like we do each week.”
Daboll’s tone and his temper had been precisely the identical because it was final week in Jacksonville, and the week earlier than that again in Jersey, and the week earlier than that over in London. The Giants received all of these video games. They misplaced this one. You wouldn’t comprehend it trying, or listening, to Daboll.
That’s a great place to start out. No highs. No lows. Every week off, and let it go. No motive in any respect to imagine they received’t.