"Chuck Knocks" is back for another season, but for the first time in five years our Seahawk Opponent Training Camp Previews will live on our website. Fear not, The Feltsulator is coming with us to the website. Game by game, Jackson Felts will simulate the entire 2020 season (not sure he can take the fans out of the stands, so sorry about the lack of authenticity). I'll handle the rest...
WEEK 13: (GAME 12) NEW YORK GIANTS
THE INTERESTING SCALE: B+
For the first time this millennium, Eli Manning won't be attending Giants camp. The torch was officially passed last season, but it burns only for Daniel Jones now. Jones will have a new head coach bossing him around, as yet another acorn has been removed from Bill Belichik's mighty oak of a coaching tree. And somehow GM Dave Gettleman continues to hold onto his job, forever trying to bolster the trenches, though it hasn't yet worked for him in the Big Apple.
THE NEW FACE AT GIANTS CAMP: JOE JUDGE
The Giants will be banking on Bill Belichik having rubbed off on Joe Judge during their eight seasons together in New England. Judge paved his way to one of the 32 as a special teams coordinator, though Gettleman is undoubtedly banking on his leadership and organizational skills to carry him over his strategies for covering punts. Judge will be charged with furthering Jones development and unlocking third-year back Saquon Barkley above all else.
STAR OF GIANTS CAMP: DANIEL JONES
Jones started twelve games as a rookie. The first impression he made was tremendous. Of course, defenses adjusted, sacked the rookie 38 times and forced a ridiculously high 18 fumbles from Jones. But he also accounted for 26 touchdowns, including a rookie record 5 in one game versus Washington. He also shattered nearly every rookie quarterback record in franchise history, while showing off a surprising ability to run the ball. It will be interesting to see if Judge develops that or does his best to forbid it.
FANTASY PICK: SAQUON BARKLEY
Barkley will understandably go high round one in nearly every FFB draft this fall. I had him last year, won my league, but he's a frustrating player to watch, and far more frustrating for Giants fans than his fantasy owners. His former HC Pat Shurmur called them dirty yards--RB carries of 4 to 6 yards--and he criticized his star for not getting enough of them. The Giants should have known. Barkley's all-or-nothing running style goes back to college. He had 53 carries for dirty yards last season, 27 carries of 10 yards or more and a whopping total of 47 carries for zero yards or less. Honestly, he's overrated as a football player but still worthy of a high first round fantasy selection.
The Giants were every bit their 4-12 record last season. The offense spent the season breaking in a rookie quarterback. The defense finished 30th in points allowed. The addition of Leonard Williams might help. A year of experience for Jones definitely will help. But the Giants aren't about to challenge Dallas or Philly for the division.
GIANTS AT SEAHAWKS: WHAT WILL WE BE SAYING MONDAY MORNING?
"The first of back-to-back weekends of hosting New York's football franchises went as well as we expected. Jones is a pretty good quarterback already, and Barkley got his normal pair of big plays but was otherwise bottled up. The defense did its part this week. 16 tackles for Wagner. Jamal Adams was everywhere, though I'm sure he's gearing up for next week. And Jarran Reed had his best game of the year with 2 sacks, 4 pressures and a fumble recovery... But what was special about yesterday was the show the Seahawks offense gave us. Wilson was 22 for 25 for over 300 yards for goodness sake. Three different receivers caught TD passes. Carson and Penny basically shared carries, as Pete and Schotty look to keep Chris fresh for the stretch run... It was nice to not only win, but to not sweat a win. 34-17 is fun."
Of course, the Feltsulator must have its say. Behind the scenes, we decided NOT to introduce Jamal Adams to the roster. Instead, we'll play the entire season with Bradley McDougald at safety, finish Chuck Knocks, and then have the Feltsulator sim a second season with Adams in the lineup. That way we can compare and contrast. So, here are Bradley McDougald & the Seahawks facing the Giants...
The road trip to Philadelphia wasn't great, and following a 39-23 loss to the Eagles, the 8-3 Feltsulator Seahawks return home for a two game stint against the teams from New York. First up, the Giants and sophomore quarterback Daniel Jones. After swapping punts to start, Russell Wilson marched Seattle down the field capping the drive off with a touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett (video below). After another Giants punt, the teams traded short touchdown runs by Chris Carson then Saquon Barkley, both in the second quarter. With two minutes left in the half, Wilson led another long drive, scoring on a four yard read-option keeper to the left, giving Seattle a 21-7 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the teams traded a couple field goals and countless punts before the fourth quarter began with a quick Giants drive down to the Seattle 10. A 3rd and 1 stop forced a field goal, cutting the Seahawks lead to 24-13 with 13 minutes left. Russell Wilson then decided to finally put the nail in the coffin, leading a six minute drive that finished with a 10 yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett. The Giants would score again late in the fourth quarter, but never came close to making it a game as the Feltsulator Seahawks cruised to a comfortable 31-20 win, advancing to 9-3 on the season.
Russell Wilson: 24 of 35 for 273 yards, 2 TD and 1 rushing TD
Daniel Jones: 21 of 30 for 304 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT
Chris Carson: 32 rushes for 108 yards and 1 TD
Saquon Barkley: 11 rushes for 44 yards and 1 TD
Tyler Lockett: 5 catches for 65 yards and 2 TD
Golden Tate: 7 catches for 80 yards