We'll have an update this afternoon on Matt Hasselbeck, Deion Branch and other injuries of note. What can you say about the game? Seattle looked awful in all phases – offense, defense and special teams.
But the play of the defense was particularly troublesome. Eli Manning had enough time to fill out his taxes and bake some cookies while picking apart Seattle's secondary. Manning finished 19 of 25 for 267 yards and two touchdowns for a career-high passer rating of 136.6.
The Giants were even more effective on the ground, physically dominating what was supposed to be a good Seattle defense. New York churned out 254 rushing yards. Brandon Jacobs led the charge, finishing with 136 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.
I wasn't at the game on Sunday. However, from reading the quotes and watching some of the guys on the sidelines during the game, besides Julius Jones, Hasselbeck and Leroy Hill, it didn't seem the players looked angry at the end of the game. And I didn't get a sense of urgency from some of the players after reading the quote sheets afterwards.
You'd hate to think a sense of resignation has set in with the players, with Seattle now 1-3, including two lopsided losses on the road. So it will be interesting to see how a veteran coach like Mike Holmgren attempts to get things back on track in a season where most observers expected Seattle to be a team capable of going deep in the playoffs. Changes should be in order, particularly in the defensive secondary where Seattle repeatedly has been abused in the first four games.
Frank Hughes offers a recap of Seattle's miserable performance in New York. It includes this nugget – the 523 total yards the Seahawks gave up was the most allowed by a Seattle defense since a game against Kansas City in November, 2002.
Dave Boling provides a blow-by-blow rundown of all Seattle's shortcomings, and says 2-14 is a possibility if they continue to play like this.
Hasselbeck said his knee is OK and that he dodged a bullet by not suffering a more serious injury.
Bobby Engram and Deion Branch returned, but Branch injured his heel and could be out for awhile.
The Everett Herald's Scott Johnson reports on Seattle's poor performance defensively.
Giants' defensive players say they were motivated by bulletin-board quotes provided by running back Julius Jones during the week.
Joe Lapointe of the New York Times reports the Giants' win was the team's largest margin of victory since a 62-10 win over Philadelphia in November, 1972.
Giants running back Jacobs says in this report that the running lanes were so big that he didn't have to deal with the usual contact he gets at the line.
Thomas George of NFL.com says the Giants victory was payback for the beating New York received in Seattle two years ago.
Seattle coach Mike Holmgren's swan song has been more like a swan dive, according to this report.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated asks if Holmgren might call it a career early and hand the team over to Mora in midseason if the Seahawks continue to play this poorly. Here's an excerpt:
Another couple game days like Sunday's 44-6 shellacking at the hands of the Giants and Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren might not make it through his entire swan song season in Seattle. At 1-3, with his team surrendering 33 points or more in three of four games, this can't be fun for a guy who has led his Seahawks to the playoffs five years in a row.
Maybe Holmgren will just prematurely toss the keys to Seattle secondary coach Jim Mora -- who has already been named his successor in 2009 -- and call it an early retirement. Doubtful, but could you blame him if this keeps up?
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco looks toothless, says San Francisco Chronicle reporter John Crumpacker, as the 49ers drop to 2-3 with a 30-21 loss to New England.
Chronicle columnist Ray Ratto says the 49ers lack game changers that can swing a momentum of a game their way.
San Francisco retired Steve Young's jersey on Sunday.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat breaks down the success the Patriots had by blitzing 49er's quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan.
Sacramento Bee columnist Paul Gutierrez says the 49ers flunked its test against the Patriots.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers defense has to improve after giving up at least 30 points or more to three of their first four opponents.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports on the Cardinals dominant performance in a 41-17 win over the visiting Bills. Arizona is now 3-2 and sitting atop the NFC West.
Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley says Kurt Warner's hard work has paid off.
Warner's play was impressive, particularly on the heels of news that he had considered retirement after witnessing Anquan Boldin's hit against the Jets.
Defensive back Adrian Wilson set the defensive tone for the Cardinals.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports that the Cardinals' offense filled in the gaps with Boldin out.
Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune discusses the Cardinals' ability to play well at home, while continuing to struggle on the road.
St. Louis Rams
Fantasy football alert: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports tight end Randy McMichael, who suffered a broker lower right leg in a game against Buffalo, is out for the year.
Even with the Rams' miserable 0-4 start, they still are not out of it in the soft NFC West.