Nov 30, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Roy Miller (97) and defensive end Tyson Alualu (93) sack New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) in the fourth quarter at EverBank Field. The Jaguars won 25-24. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
4. Pressure Eli Manning
Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who usually finishes toward the top of the stat sheet in the interceptions category, is on pace for a career-low in picks. He’s thrown just four so far, thanks to exceptional play from his young offensive line, a unit allowing just nine sacks.
Well, it’s time for the Saints to welcome Eli home to New Orleans in the worst way possible. In the past two games, the Black and Gold have accumulated nine sacks, showing that the struggling pass rush to begin the season is in the past.
Cam Jordan plays X-Factor every game. He’s racked up five sacks in the last two contests, is tied for second in the NFL with six, and is currently graded as the No. 1 overall defensive end through seven weeks.
He has been absolutely spectacular, and with some help from his friends, Jordan and the defensive front must do all they can to take advantage of the Giants’ young offensive line.
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will likely bring the heat early. It’s up to Ryan and his pass rush to get after Manning, and either take him down or force him to make mistakes — we all know he’s prone to error. Lately, the Saints’ secondary has played exceptionally well. Those mistakes made by Eli could result in turnovers, and if that battle is won, the game usually is as well.
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