The New Orleans Saints scored just 10 points last week, and QB Drew Brees was held without a single touchdown pass for the first time in 54 games. Brees was picked off five times, bringing his tally for the last two weeks to seven INTs. However, in spite of this form, Brees has to be smiling, knowing that he is taking on a weak New York Giants secondary on Sunday afternoon in one of the biggest games of the year.
The G-Men have had their share of problems stopping the pass this year. They rank 22nd in the NFL in pass defense at 245.2 yards per game allowed, and quarterbacks are actually throwing for 262.9 yards per game. Where almost all of the damage is being done though, is on the outside to receivers. The Giants have had four games this year where opposing receivers have tallied at least 200 receiving yards, and they have had six games allowing at least two touchdowns to wide receivers.
Enter: WR Marques Colston and WR Lance Moore. These two have 113 receptions, 1,650 yards, and 12 trips to the end zone between them on the campaign, and we figure that they are going to have huge days with Brees throwing the football to them once again.
History isn’t exactly on New York’s side either. The last three times these two teams have met, the Saints have scored an average of 42.3 points per game. Brees has accounted for 372 and 369 passing yards in the last two as well.
To make matters worse for the Giants, they have three DBs, Kenny Phillips, Jayron Hosley, and Tyler Sash, that are all listed as questionable with various ailments. The team though, has picked off 18 passes this year, which suggests that perhaps there could be some big plays both for and against this defense on Sunday.
There is a reason that the 53 on the board is the highest total on the NFL odds this weekend. The Giants are favored by five points.