No surprises for the New Orleans Saints on the injury front this week. They will be without starting center Erik McCoy and left tackle Terron Armstead. Both were expected to miss several weeks. McCoy has now been out three games, while Armstead is missing his first.
Meanwhile, the New York Giants have been fighting off a wave of injuries this week throughout practice and were met with their own bad news as two of their top offensive weapons are out while several others were limited all week.
The Giants will be without their leading and third-leading pass-catchers with Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton both being rules out. Second on that receiving list is Kenny Golladay who was limited every day this week with a hip injury. However his lack of game status suggests that he’ll be available to play on Sunday.
On the offensive line, the Giants are also shuffling their offense yet again this season as Ben Bredeson is also ruled out. Star RB Saquan Barkley is set to play but were also limited all week.
The Giants offense falls in the bottom half of the league in many major statistical categories. now, without two of their top four weapons, crowd noise in the Dome, and Jason Garrett still calling plays for the offense, the Saints defense could control this matchup.
Here is where the Giants rank offensively since hiring Jason Garrett as their OC (2020)— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) September 27, 2021
32nd in yards to go on 3rd down
31st in points per game
31st in explosive pass plays
30th in points per drive
28th in yards per play
For the Giants defense, keeping an eye on Tae Crowder’s status will be interesting. He’s the linebacker charged with filling in for the injured Blake Martinez. Logan Ryan is one of the few Giants starting coverage defenders that is not allowing a passer rating over 100 to opposing quarterback this season, if his injury impacts his performance, it could mean good things for the Saints’ passing attack that feels ready to open up this week.
As for the Saints, Demario Davis made it back to practice Friday after missing Thursday’s for the birth of his newborn child and both Marshon Lattimore and Jameis Winston were full participants all week. This indicates no concern for the two.
Will Clapp has been back at practice this week after his 21-day activation window was opened on Wednesday. We’ll see if he will be active on gameday this week and what role he plays if any.
On Saturday, there should be some roster movement in terms of gameday elevations and more ahead of Sunday’s action.