Strief meanwhile returned in week nine at just the right time, as backup Charles Brown suffered a hip flexor injury in week eight and was placed on injured reserve.
For now it appears the Saints have the right combination in place to keep Brees clean in the pocket.
The offensive line has not given up a sack in the last two games — both against divisional opponents.
This of course was after a disastrous outing against the St. Louis Rams where they gave up six sacks and countless hits on Brees.
Not suprisingly they also lost that game to the shock of everyone within a thousand miles.
The Giants defense isn’t particularly the scariest, ranking 21st overall in the league, 18th against the pass, and 21st against the run.
But they do one thing well — rush the passer — as they are currently tied for second in the NFL with 31 total sacks.
Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell dials up a variety of blitz schemes to get to opposing quarterbacks, and it certainly doesn’t hurt he has Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Linval Joseph playing on his defensive line.
The blue print to beating the Saints is well known, and that’s slowing down quarterback Drew Brees. If a defense can accomplish this, then the Saints entire offense suddenly becomes human.
Stopping the Giants from getting to Brees will be a tough task, as well as a measuring stick to see just how far the offensive line has truly progressed.
Even though the line kept Brees clean over the last two games — against the Buccaneers and Falcons — these two teams are not know for their pass rush, combining for just 31 sacks, just as much as the Giants alone.