Not only are the Giants sputtering out of control — evidenced by their 0-3 record — but they’ll be without two of their best offensive playmakers on Sunday, as they’ll be missing Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. This tips the scale even more so in NOLA’s favor.
As of now, the Saints are 7.0-point favorites over the Giants, per WynnBET. Don’t be surprised if those odds increase even more with these two out, but as of now, the numbers haven’t changed.
Slayton had over 50 yards receiving in each of New York’s first two games while also scoring a touchdown. Shepard had over 90 yards receiving in each of the first two games and also found the end zone once.
Losing that production is definitely going to set the Giants back but they still have Kenny Golladay on their roster as well as first-rounder Kadarius Toney, who has yet to do much of anything. Saquon Barkley can make an impact in the receiving game too.
New Orleans Saints have two less Giants receivers to worry about.
The Saints’ secondary has done a nice job this season, limiting both Aaron Rodgers and Mac Jones when they faced them in Weeks 1 and 3. Now they’ll be able to put a lot of their attention on Golladay, which could open things up for Toney. It’ll be interesting to see how New York goes about replacing the Shepard and Slayton on the gridiron.
This is definitely good news for New Orleans though, as the Giants have a decent group of offensive playmakers and they’ll be without two of their best this weekend. For a team desperate to secure their first win, any disadvantage thrown their way is a win for the black and gold, as they look to move to 3-1.