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Numbers to Know: Saints vs. Giants

New Orleans is looking to win their second consecutive home game.

Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints (6-7) defeated the Carolina Panthers (1-12) this Sunday in a game that was accurately priced as low as $4 per ticket. They will play the New York Giants for the first time in two seasons as the season starts to approach its nail-biting conclusion within the NFC South.

Here are three numbers you need to know heading into the matchup on Sunday at noon.

8 Breakups

What does it mean: The pass breakups recorded by the Saints defense against Carolina

Why should I care:

The unsung hero of the Carolina game was the Saints’ secondary. The unit seems to be adjusting well without star cornerback Marshon Lattimore, forcing eight pass breakups. Although Bryce Young struggled throughout the contest, the New Orleans secondary made his life a living hell. Isaac Yiadom had a stellar performance with three deflections while rookie safety Jordan Howden led the team in tackles (10). This secondary has the opportunity to force another rookie quarterback into an uncomfortable game: New York’s Tommy DeVito. If the Saints can force DeVito into errant passes and contain Saquon Barkley, it could be a very long day for the New York offense.

82 Yards

What does it mean: Yards needed by Chris Olave to record his first 1,000-yard season

Why should I care:

With at least a couple more weeks of absence from Michael Thomas and no word on Rashid Shaheed, the Saints will continue to lean on the receiving talents of Chris Olave. The second-year receiver has 72 receptions, four touchdowns, and is only 82 yards away from 1,000 yards this season. He has a great chance to earn it against a sub-par Giants secondary that has allowed 279 passing yards per game over the past three weeks (3rd-worst NFL). Look for a big game from Olave.

77.4 Yards

What does it mean: Rushing yards per game from New York running back Saquon Barkley

Why should I care:

While their secondary has been stellar, the Saints have been awful at stopping the run. It’s going to be a tough day stopping Saquon Barkley, who has averaged 77.4 rushing yards per game along with 28 total receptions. Without Daniel Jones, the Giants have heavily relied on Saquon Barkley. Luckily for head coach Brian Daboll, the Saints have struggled to stop the run and allow 131.5 rushing yards per game (26th NFL). After allowing a season-high rush yardage performance from Miles Sanders, the Saints have to lock in and contain one of the best running threats in the NFL this Sunday.