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A Tale of Two Teams

Team A: 26.7 points per game, 12.0 points allowed per game.

Team B: Averaging 253.6 yards on offense, while giving up an average of 351 yards on defense

Clearly Team A is superior to Team B, right?

Well they are actually the same team. Team A and Team B represent the Seahawks home statistics so far this season. On the surface, they are 3-0, and have a home differential of +14.7. A dominating team.

Yet that same team has allowed nearly 100 more yards than they have gained in those same games.

So how does a team get out gained by nearly 100 yards, yet have a positive point differential of 14.7 in those same games?

They force turnovers. In their three home games, they have forced an average of 4 turnovers each contest. On their 4 road games, they have only 1 forced turnover, combined.

The Giants enter todays game with the 3rd most giveaways in the NFL. At times their explosive offense takes one step forward, and then two steps back. It is easy to say that as long as a team limits its turnovers, they will win. Against 26th ranked Seattle defense, they will be able to move the ball up and down the field. As long as they are able to limit their turnovers and not shorten the field for Charlie Whitehurst, they will be able to finally leave Seattle with a victory, and stay undefeated against NFC opponents.

Who is Charlie Whitehurst?

Charlie was a four year starter at Clemson, and posted 49 TD's to 46 INT's, while completing nearly 60% of his passes.

Here is the scouting report courtesy of the NY Daily News.com

The scouting report is he’s big and mobile with a good arm but lacks touch on the shorter balls, not what you’d expect in a West Coast system, although Pete Carroll is getting away from that tradition. The Seahawks used Whitehurst very differently than they used Hasselbeck in the pre-season. I’d expect more of a vertical attack, throwing a few up for Mike Williams if he has the time. Carroll was using Hasselbeck as a game manager with an emphasis on limiting mistakes. That could be hard for a quarterback making his first-ever start against this defense.

The premise of the Perry's read and react defense is to limit the deep passing plays and force teams into short quick throws.

So far it it has been working. The Giants have allowed a league best 12 passing plays of over 20+ yards. To put that into perspective, last year the Giants were 9th in the league in giving up pass plays of 20+ yards. Forcing Whitehurst into short throws should give them an opportunity to pick off a few errant passes this afternoon.

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