New Orleans Saints: 3 key matchups for a win against the New York Giants

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Oct 26, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Packers 44-23. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Giants come into this game with one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL (31st) as well as one of the more forgiving secondaries. Up against that is first ballot HOFer Drew Brees who looked healthier last week (from a velocity standpoint if nothing else) than he has since week 1. Brees when he is at his best is positively surgical, and the better his health gets the closer to that he should become. The Saints are also playing at home where generally speaking they are a dominant team and perform a great deal better. All of that points to the Saints having a massive advantage in this match-up. The Giants can’t pressure the passer, and they can’t cover, that’s a bad combo.

However, the Giants are also a team that is very good at taking the ball away from their opponents and the Saints offense doesn’t have the margin for error they once had. The lack of top level offensive weapons, as well as the continued disconnect between Brees and Cooks, makes it absolutely imperative that the Saints be judicious with the football. If the Saints are going to dig themselves out of the hole that they have dug themselves they will have to play complimentary football. Drew’s part in that is to make sure he moves the ball, but doesn’t put his defense in a bad place and give the Giants extra chances to make this a game.

The best possible start to this game is for the Saints to march down the field and quickly put up points putting the Giants in an early hole. The player most responsible for that is Brees. There is also the chance that the Giants less than stellar secondary provides just the right opportunity for Brees and Cooks to get some big plays going and to really start to build the trust and chemistry that will turn Brandin into the player we all hope he will become (and I’ve seen him be).

If the Saints come out ahead of each of those match-ups, which I believe they will, then I expect to writing about how good it feels to be .500 again. If Jordan continues his stellar play, Brees keeps the ball in black and gold hands, and Delvin Breaux can limit OBJ, expect the Saints to dominate at home once again.

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