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Our defense vs their offense: New York Giants

The Giants have been on a heater in their last three games.

NFL: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints defense pitched a very good game against the Panthers on Sunday, but they’ll need another good effort to keep a hot New York Giants team at bay.

If you asked me three weeks ago how I thought this game would go, I’d probably say the Saints defense would completely neutralize Tommy DeVito and the Giants offense, but after three straight wins, this Giants offense is looking pretty good.

In their past three games, DeVito has led the Giants to 31, 10 and 24 points for an average of 21.6 points per game, which is well above their 14-point average throughout the season. On the other side, the Saints give up an average of 20.1 points per game.

Over the course of their three-game win streak, DeVito has totaled 679 total yards, five total touchdowns and hasn’t turned the ball over once. He hasn’t lit up the stat sheet by any means, but he’s doing exactly what he needs to do for his team to win games.

The Giants receivers haven’t been very good this season, but like DeVito, they’ve stepped up in some big moments over the last three games. Darius Slayton leads all Giants receivers with 449 yards this season with Darren Waller (who’s only played eight games this year) is right behind him with 384 yards. The Saints secondary should be able to lock up these Giants receivers for most of the day, but this secondary is always susceptible to bad play against some lesser wide receivers. If they aren’t disciplined and play down to their opponents, it could be a long day at the office for these DB’s.

Unfortunately for the Saints, Darren Waller is expected to return to practice this week and he could potentially play this weekend. Tight ends have gashed this Saints defense all year long, and if Waller returns, he would probably be DeVito’s top target and could be in for a big game.

The Saints are going to have to find a way to fix their run defense this week. They just allowed Chubba Hubbard and Miles Sanders to rush for 161 yards against them last week, and if they repeat that performance, Saquon Barkley is going to make them pay.

Barkley has recorded 783 yards (4.2 per carry) and three touchdowns on the ground despite the Giants trailing in almost every game this season. He’s averaging just under 100 yards per game during the Giants three game win streak, so the Saints need to make sure they fill their holes in the run game and don’t let him just run loose for 100+ yards. He’s also a threat in the pass game, with four of his seven total touchdowns coming through the air, so the Saints will also have to make sure they have someone matched against him who can tackle in space, especially once they get into the redzone.

Overall, I don’t really know what to make of this matchup. The Saints defense had a good week last weekend, but anybody’s defense can look good against the Panthers offense. On the other hand, the Giants offense has been bad all year, but with DeVito under center, they seem to have found some rhythm.

I think this game will go one of two ways. A) the DeVito experience comes to an end and the Saints defense completely shuts down the Giants offense or B) DeVito completely torches the Saints defense because the Saints worst nightmare is a backup quarterback with nothing to lose (i.e. Josh Dobbs). I don’t think there’s any in between, and that’s what makes this matchup so interesting.

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