A Giants middle finger to football fans
Did this HAVE to be the Seahawks first primetime game of the season? Seaside Joe 1671
I don’t want to make this sound like the Seattle Seahawks are necessarily deserving yet of more attention, because I know that calling out the other franchise could make it seem that way, but this question is separate of the fact that this is a Seahawks newsletter: What the hell did the New York Giants do to deserve six featured games this season, including five in primetime?
Is the NFL really giving a middle finger to America simply because the Giants are in the country’s biggest market? I don’t think the league did itself any favors by forcing fans to watch the Giants and Monday night will already be their third appearance in primetime in the first four weeks of the season.
Thus far, New York has scored a total of 12 points in their first two primetime appearances. That’s one touchdown (Matt Breida rushing score against the 49ers last Thursday, two-point attempt failed) and two field goals.
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Following Monday night’s game against the Seahawks, the Giants will play on Sunday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills in two weeks. The NFL can flex two games between Weeks 5 and 10, and that game is looking like an obvious candidate to be moved. However, the NFL has to decide if that will be less appealing than Week 9’s contest between the Bears and Chargers, as well as Week 10’s between the Jets and Raiders.
Because Week 5 will feature the Giants, Josh Allen, and head coach Brian Daboll against his old team from Buffalo, the league could decide to force us to watch that one and leave options open for the next five Sundays, probably knowing for sure that the Bears game needs to be pulled.
The NFL can now also flex Monday games beginning in Week 12, so New York’s Week 14 game against the Green Bay Packers could be in jeopardy too. Two weeks later, the Giants play on Monday again, but not on primetime as that is a Christmas Day afternoon contest against the Eagles.
It’s not that I don’t understand why the NFL gave the New York Giants four primetime games in the first six weeks of the season. They weren’t supposed to be as bad as they are (31st in scoring, 30th in scoring defense, can’t pass the ball, can’t run the ball, can’t really stop anybody) and they’re one of the league’s mainstays in primetime for geographic reasons more than anything else.
But that doesn’t mean I have to accept it.
Daniel Jones has never been an entertaining quarterback and there is no “Odell Beckham Jr” type receiver worth watching right now either. For the Seahawks to get three primetime games all season, including two on back-to-back Thursday nights, and no Sunday Night Football, it’s a shame that something like “market research” has opted to give Seattle fans their team against Daniel Jones on MNF instead of probable better matchups like last Week 2 against the Lions, Week 5 against the Bengals, Week 9 against the Ravens, Week 15 against the Eagles, or obviously Week 17 against the Steelers.
Flex will be on the table if the Seahawks stay in the playoff hunt late in the season, but for now it seems an awful shame to be forced to watch Daniel Jones in primetime again when I’ve already had to turn those games off twice before this year.
Now some Seaside Streams Seahawks links…
He must have loved this speech from Red Bryant.
Geno Smith on Jake Bobo “I gotta get him the ball”
If you’re arguably the best run blocking receiver on the field AND THEN you get your toes down for that touchdown catch, you’re going to get plenty of targets this season. At first, Jake Bobo felt like a meme who was literally only popular with fans because of his name. And then it became something real.
The Seahawks released Cody Thompson, prompting speculation that they would use the open roster spot to do something very exciting. They did not, instead signing Jon Rhattigan from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. If the Seahawks get good news about Abe Lucas or Kenny McIntosh soon, they could be activated from IR and Seattle will need to make another move. Dee Eskridge is set to come back after a six-game suspension, so he has four more weeks to go.
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