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Weekly Preview: New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants

A look at this NFC matchup.

Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints Photo by Perry Knotts/Getty Images

The 2023-2024 NFL regular season is almost coming to a close. As we inch closer to the NFL playoffs, more teams will be eliminated. In this week’s matchup, two teams below .500 are fighting for the chance to stay alive in the playoffs. The Giants sit at 5-8 after their win on Monday night, while the Saints sit at 6-7. With all of that being said, let’s take a look at this NFC matchup.

New York Giants Preview

The Giants have been on a bit of a hot streak, winning their last three games. The feel-good story of Tommy Devito has captured the hearts of many NFL fans. The UDFA came into the year as the third string QB, and after Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor went down with injuries, he took over. He’s done a fairly serviceable job since taking over.

The real star of the Giants is DT Dexter Lawrence. The Clemson product is arguably one of the best interior linemen in the league and one of the best players in all of football. Dexter is second in the league in total QB pressures, trailing only Aaron Donald.

It isn’t just Dexter on the defensive line, as EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux is having an incredible sophomore season. The former Oregon Duck has 13 sacks and 22 QB hurries on the season.

Another player on the Giants defense that stands out is Bobby Okereke. The former Indianapolis Colts LB is having a career year with the big blue. He’s been a tackling and coverage machine this season. His 83.8 PFF coverage grade is tenth in the league, and his 75 Solo tackles are tied for sixth in the league.

New Orleans Saints Preview

The New Orleans Saints are coming off a win against the Carolina Panthers. The defense once again shined in this win, limiting the Panthers to just six points. Demario Davis continued his excellent season, totaling two sacks. CB Isaac Yiadom also had a fantastic game as well. He allowed one reception and had 3 PBUs on seven targets.

Offensively, it was nice to see TE Jimmy Graham get involved. Graham hauled in his third touchdown of the season. The Saints are currently tied for first place in the NFC South. If they want to win this division, there is no margin for error. The Saints have to win this game.

Who will win the game?

This might be a controversial pick, but I have the Giants taking the win on the road. The Saints have historically struggled with mobile QBs. While Devito is no Lamar Jackson, he can still use his legs to manipulate defenses.

The Saints could be without WR Chris Olave this week as the former Ohio State Buckeye is dealing with an ankle injury. The Saints offense has struggled tremendously this season, so being without Olave would be less than ideal.

Pass-blocking has been an issue for the Saints, and with the Giants having two studs on the defensive line, I imagine this will be a problem for them.

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