The New Orleans Saints are finally home. Awaiting them is one of the NFL’s best homefield advantages. The Saints fans have been waiting for this game over a year. Coming into town are the New York Giants who have not won a game. Although, the Giants have kept their last two games very close. Meanwhile, the Saints are coming home with a win from Foxborough. The Saints dominated the Patriots in week three to get their second win on the year. If the Saints want to continue the winning ways, then they need to win these key matchups in week four of the NFL regular season.
Saquon Barkley vs Saints Defensive Front
The New Orleans Saints defensive front has been stout against the rush for the last several years. This season, the tradition continues. The Saints are allowing the third fewest rushing yards to opponents so far this season. This is after facing the likes of Aaron Jones, Christian McCaffrey and Damien Harris. On the year, the Saints are allowing slightly over 60 yards a game to opposing team rushers. This could mean trouble for the Giants lead back, Saquan Barkley.
Saquon Barkley is just now beginning to look fully healthy after his knee injury early in the 2020 season. Barkley’s rush attempts have gone up in every game as well as his catches out of the backfield. Facing a stiff Saints defensive front is not likely to help with Barkley’s reacclimating to the NFL. Barkley has the ability to be one of the league’s best rusher but he will need to prove that this week against the Saints defensive front.
Jameis Winston vs Giants Passing Defense
This is more about Winston than the Giants defense. The Giants pass defense surrenders the twelfth most yards against the pass in the league. If Winston was to have a “get right” game, then it needs to be in week four. Winston has yet to throw for more than 150 yards in a game this season. The Saints are 2-1 over this time so the wins are coming but this has not been a typical Saints offensive year. The Saints have the second lowest total offensive yards in the entire league. Sean Payton and Jameis Winston need to use this game to get the offense going because the schedule gets tough beginning in week seven.
Super Dome vs Giants Offense
It has been a full NFL season plus some since the Saints faithful have gotten to cheer for the Saints in a regular season game. Last year was lost to Covid-19 restrictions. This will be the first true home game for the New Orleans Saints in the 2021 season due to Hurricane Ida. The reopening of the Caesars Superdome should bring plenty of joy to the Who Dat Nation. The tailgating and raucous crowd is sure to try and make an impact on the game. Saints fans in the Superdome are already loud. This being the return of the Saints in over a year might boost that even further.
Daniel Jones and the Giants offense will be in for a tough game due to this crowd noise. This is bad news getting worse for the Giants offense. The team will likely be without their top wide receivers in Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. Mix in the crowd noise and this should be a very tough Sunday for the Giants. This team has scored the ninth fewest points on the year, that downward trend will likely not get any better against a loud and ready Superdome.
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