Giants vs. Saints: Can the Giants defense contain the Saints offense?


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Giants vs. Saints: Can the Giants defense contain the Saints offense?

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For as long as Drew Brees and Sean Payton have been in New Orleans Customized New York Giants Jerseys , the Saints have been an offensive force. That’s never been in question and it won’t be this season. New Orleans is seventh in yards per drive and seventh in points per drive. This will easily be the Giants’ toughest matchup on defense through four weeks. Let’s take a look at what to watch for on that side of the ball:By the numbersFor more information on what these numbers mean, go here, and play with some of them yourself here.Pick your poisonMichael Thomas or Alvin Kamara. Pick which one you want to stop as a defense and you’ve chosen poorly because the other will kill you anyway. Thomas has turned into one of the league’s best wide receivers. He leads the league in receptions (38) and receiving yards (398) while catching 95 percent of his targets. NINETY-FIVE.Thomas isn’t a deep threat, but he can win in any intermediate area and still has the ability to work his way open behind defenders. Janoris Jenkins had to cover DeAndre Hopkins last week, but Thomas might be his toughest test of the season. Jenkins has struggled as the No. 1 cornerback this season — he’s 52nd among 65 qualified cornerbacks in yards allowed per pass and 43rd in success rate, per Football Outsiders. The Giants are also 27th in DVOA against opposing No. 1 receivers.Then there’s Kamara, who is as much — or bigger — a threat as a receiver as he is from the backfield. Kamara third in the league in receptions and leads the league in yards from scrimmage (430). There’s no place on the field where Kamara isn’t a threat to make a big play. He can break a run play on any handoff, he can win from the slot, and as an outside receiver.What really makes this duo dangerous is when they’re lined up beside each other in the passing game. The Saints have done a great job creating route concepts that use Kamara and Thomas on the same side of the field in empty sets. This puts a possibly unrivaled amount of stress on a defense when trying to figure out how to defend it.Even when they’re not used together, the Saints know how to find a mismatch. When the Saints played the Los Angeles Rams last season, they picked on Alec Ogletree and that didn’t turn out too well for the current Giants linebacker.Under pressure?One of the concerns about the Giants defense was how much pressure they could create without — and even with — Olivier Vernon on the field. The pass rush was non-existent against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it got a little better against the Dallas Cowboys, and the Giants were in the backfield so often against the Houston Texans they might have been asked to pitch in for rent. All things combined, the Giants are fourth in defensive pressure rate, per Sports Info Solutions.It hasn’t just been one player stepping up to fill the void — it’s been everyone. Kareem Martin is tied for eighth among defenders in pass pressures, per SIS, and he took over the game against Houston with four quarterback hits. Connor Barwin is tied for 11th. Kerry Wynn is tied for 18th. There’s been pressure coming from all over.However, the Saints have been one of the best teams at preventing pressure this season. New Orleans ranks 10th in pressure rate allowed and Drew Brees has the fifth-lowest sack rate among quarterbacks. Brees also has the third-quickest average time to throw among quarterbacks this season. It’s hard to pressure Brees and that’s by design. When he pressured, though, Brees is one of the best at handling it. Set aside for a second that quarterback rating is bad and splitting it into smaller samples is worse — Brees has been one of the best quarterbacks this season against the blitz — something the Giants do quite a bit of.Secondary weapons against the secondaryThomas and Kamara are good — but so are the receiving options behind the, Ted Ginn has been rejuvenated in a role that allows him to get the ball on screens, create after the catch, and also still get open down the field. Cam Meredith is a good receiver at full health — he only has one target this season, but that went for a touchdown. Tre’Quan Smith has the ability to be the deep threat in the offense as his role grows. There’s also Ben Watson, the 38-year-old tight end who is fourth on the team in targets and has nearly identical numbers to Ginn through three games.Watson can still beat linebackers down the field and with Brees throwing the ball, it doesn’t really matter if he’s all the way open.With Eli Apple out again, those secondary receivers will be seeing a lot of B.W. Webb and Donte Deayon. Ask Will Fuller if he’d take those matchups again. The Giants are 13th in DVOA against opposing No. 2 receivers (that was second in the first two games with Apple) and 29th against “other” receivers with spans No. 3s to the end of the roster.Play-action and read-option remain problemsThe Giants have not handling the zone read well this season and that’s not going to be a problem against Drew Brees, though it might when Taysom Hill takes over. The Saints showed against the Falcons they weren’t hesitant to put their backup quarterback/special teams contributor in at quarterback to run some option plays on third downs and in the red zone. Hill had three carries against Atlanta for 39 yards. He Had a two-yard gain on third-and-2 from the Atlanta 10-yard line. A two-yard gain on a second-and-10 and a 35-yard run on a third-and-2 from the New Orleans 45.Don’t be surprised if the Saints whip this out against a defense that showed in the first two games how they struggled against the read option — it would have been three games if Houston coaches had any rational game planning.However, the deception the Giants should really be concerned about is play-action. The Saints don’t run a lot of it (28th in play-action rate) www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com , because they don’t always need to because of how good the passing offense already is — their 7.9 yards per attempt on non-play-action passes ranks seventh. But even though the Saints are just average by play-action yards per play (15th) their 8.2 yards per play is still higher than their total without it. That’s a concern for a Giants team that has seen the seventh-highest rate of play-action run against them (28 percent) and has allowed the seventh-highest yards per play (10.0) on play-action passes.Pat Shurmur: Kyle Lauletta, Alex Tanney “better choices for us” than Davis Webb Pat Shurmur knew the “why did you cut Davis Webb?” questions were coming during Monday’s media availability. After a brief introductory statement he took a deep breath and got down to business.So, why veteran Alex Tanney and rookie Kyle Lauletta instead of Webb, the second-year man most had assumed was the No. 2 quarterback since he spent the spring and summer taking nearly all the second-team reps?“I feel like they are better choices for us now,” Shurmur said.“I think I mentioned long ago there was no depth chart behind Eli (Manning). We were trying to figure out who the guys playing quarterback were going to be behind Eli. He got a lot of reps, and I think it was probably that where people start to assume because he’s taking second string reps that he’s a second string quarterback, and it didn’t play out that way.”Shurmur called Webb “a young player that competed hard.”“There are so many things about him that are good,” Shurmur said. “He’s an outstanding worker, he cares about the game a great deal, and I’m hopeful he’s going to get another opportunity.”So, why Lauletta and Tanney instead of Webb?On Lauletta:“I like the fact that he’ll decide what he’s looking at, see it and pull the trigger,” Shurmur said. “He’s very decisive in what he does. He’s a gamer of sorts and we’re looking forward to working with that.”On Tanney:“I do like having a veteran presence in that group,” Shurmur said. “Here’s the thing with a veteran backup quarterback. They can go in and function with very few reps and I think that’s an attribute that I look for in a guy that could potentially be a backup to a guy like Eli, because they don’t get that many reps during the training sessions.”Shurmur was asked if it hurts to cut players like Webb and Darian Thompson, who were recent third-round picks.“Really, at some point, regardless of where you’re drafted, once you’re settled in as a player on the team, that kind of goes away. We’re all out here trying to earn a spot every day, players and coaches. So, at some point, whether you’re drafted in the third round or the fifth round, that sort of goes away at some point and you play it out,” Shurmur said.Asked a second time about cutting a recent third-round pick, Shurmur reiterated his answer.“Let’s forget for a minute he was a third round pick,” he said. “He was on our team as a Giant and we watched him go through what we do in training camp and what we do in practice and we made a decision to move on and go with the other guys. Let’s forget for a minute that he was a third round pick. I really do mean that. At some point, that all goes away.”Kyle LaulettaNoah K. Murray-USA TODAY SportsKyle Lauletta: “I’m very ready” if I need to playShurmur did not commit to whether it will be the rookie Lauletta or the veteran Tanney who dresses as the No. 2 quarterback vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars, saying only “we’ll see.”Lauletta is confident he can succeed if called upon.“I’m ready. I think I’m very ready and if my number were to ever get called New York Giants T-Shirt , I think I would be ready to go and I’d be very, very excited to step in there and help the team win,” Lauletta said. “I have all the confidence in the world in myself and despite how I perform out on the field, I’m always going to carry that. Like I said, if indeed I do have to play this season at some point, then I’ll be ready to go, no doubt about that.”Lauletta was also asked if he knew what it was about his play that impressed Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman.“I don’t know, I think just doing what the coaches asked me to do - be a quick decision maker, be smart with the football, be accurate, let the guys get yards after the catch by throwing it accurately and just knowing where to go with the football,” Lauletta said. “There were some rough practices towards the end of camp and a couple games I wished I played a little bit better, but all in all I felt like I showed improvement throughout the whole camp and I was on the right track, and I think there’s a lot I can improve on and a lot I will improve on. “Like I said, we have great coaches, especially coach Shurmur being an offensive guy. He’s been a great help to me and I think I can only keep getting better with him at the helm.”Alex TanneyVincent Carchietta-USA TODAY SportsAlex Tanney wasn’t following the quarterback dramaWhile everyone else obsessed over the Giants initially keeping four quarterbacks, then surprisingly cutting Davis Webb, Alex Tanney went about his business. He entered the league an an undrafted free agent in 2012, and this make it/don’t make it dance is old hat to him.“I don’t follow any of that stuff for that reason right there. I wasn’t paying attention. I was just waiting by my phone and if I was going to hear anything, I wanted to hear it from those guys (coaches),” Tanney said.“I just tried to take my mind off it. I tried to play some golf. I’m used to this experience, it’s something I’ve been through quite a few times. Most times I try to hang out with my wife, but she wasn’t up here. I just tried to keep myself busy.”Tanney’s family is back in Tennessee.Will Tanney be the second or third quarterback? He isn’t speculating about that, either.“I’m just going to keep preparing the way I’ve always prepared throughout my entire career, that’s like I’m going to play, and that decision is ultimately up to the coaches,” he said.


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