Seahawks’ Geno Smith says win over Giants not about revenge

SEATTLE — Geno Smith threw two more touchdown passes in the Seattle Seahawks’ 27-13 win over the New York Giants on Sunday, then missed an opportunity to throw them in the face of his former team.

Smith was asked if he felt any justification or a sense of revenge for defeating the Giants given how he was treated during his lone season with them in 2017, when he took over from Eli Manning at the end of the year just for the team could reverse the first course a week later and reinstate Manning as a starter.

Smith said “not at all,” instead taking the opportunity to show his gratitude to Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese, the Giants’ head coach and general manager at the time, respectively.

“I’m excited to be here in Seattle,” Smith said. “I spent a year with the Giants. This year has been like a fog for me and my life has moved away from them. I have no remorse for anyone there. In fact, for me, this game was for Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese. you believed in me As far as everything else goes, I don’t really care. I’m happy to be here in Seattle. It’s like family here. It feels like home. I’m just enjoying my time here and keep working hard with these guys and just trying to be the best we can be.”

Smith has also hit the road, responding to the now-regular questions as he refutes everyone who doubted he could play as well this season, having spent the better part of the last seven years as a backup. He started Sunday with the NFL’s fourth-best overall QBR and put on another strong performance in the Seahawks’ third straight win that keeps them 5-3 at the top of the NFC West standings.

Smith completed 23 of 34 passes for 212 yards and no turnovers. He could have had a third touchdown pass if Tyler Lockett hadn’t scored a possible hit on a perfectly thrown deep ball in the third quarter. And that’s despite being pressured 19 times by the Giants’ blitz-heavy defense. That’s a career high for Smith and the most pressure a quarterback has faced in a regular win this season.

With the game tied at 13 early in the fourth quarter, Smith went 5-on-5 on a 75-yard drive, which he completed with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Lockett. It was Smith’s third touchdown pass from 30+ air yards this season, matching his total of such TD passes in his first nine seasons.

Smith’s other touchdown pass went to DK Metcalf, who came into the game with a questionable knee injury. Lockett (hamstring, oblique) was also questionable.

Smith also rushed for 26 yards on five tries.

Coach Pete Carroll said Smith was “rock solid” again on Sunday, noting how well he ran Seattle’s offense even with center Austin Blythe bucking in and out in favor of backup Kyle Fuller after suffering a sprained knee in the first quarter.

“Right to the point with all day work,” Carroll said. “Handled the line of scrimmage beautifully. They did all sorts of things with us and he dealt with it and handled it and ticked it off and did the things that we had to do on the schedule to keep it moving. They’re a tough team. They’re very high tech in their defense and the stuff they throw at you and it required the quarterback to really be in charge. And even if Austin goes out and gets beat up and Kyle comes in to keep that flow going and keep playing winning football, it’s just a tribute to the guys that do the job and the players and everyone that’s on board and all of that . There is only praise that goes everywhere.”

With 13 touchdown passes (to three interceptions) this season, Smith is already a career high from 2014 and has nine games left.

Smith wasn’t even considered a favorite to beat Drew Lock in Seattle’s quarterback contest after trading with Russell Wilson. Now he has the Seahawks first and, in Carroll’s words, in a position to “make some noise.”

“He’s the real deal, we see it,” Carroll said. “There’s no secret or ‘Oh, he’s going to run out of gas or anything.’ It’s not like that. He knows exactly what he’s doing and he’ll show you week after week, throw after throw after throw. There’s nothing we can hold on to except in the highest hopes, really. What a exciting story for the boy he just persevered so hard and got through it and now he enjoys all the fun of it he did great.

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Emma Bowman

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