This might have been David Wilson’s coming out party. Wilson set a team record with 327 all-purpose yards and the New York Giants certainly used all of it as they blew out the New Orleans Saints 52-27. Wilson had his first 100 yard rushing game as a pro with two touchdowns and added a third on a kickoff return, which really helped change the momentum at a critical point in the game. Wilson became the first player in NFL history with 200 kick return yards and 100 rushing yards. Let’s delve into this one.
Many Happy Returns: Wilson and Jerel Jernigan’s kick off returns gave the Giants great field position all game long. Wilson set a team record with 227 kickoff return yards and when the Saints tried to pop up the kick, Jernigan took it 60 yards and it set up another touchdown. Wilson on kickoffs has been a huge asset for the team, one that will have to keep paying dividends.
No Pressure: Drew Brees threw for 354 yards and a touchdown. Even though he threw two picks, he had a lot of time in the pocket. The Giants only had one sack and that came late in the game. The Saints were also also to run the ball in big chunks. They actually out-rushed the Giants 142-135. This was expected to be a shootout kind of game, and it was, however, the defense needs to play much better moving forward.
Safe And Secure: The Giants three safety look was a huge part of this game. Stevie Brown had two interceptions and forced a fumble. Antrel Rolle had a fumble recovery. Will Hill was solid in coverage and threw a crushing block on special teams to help Jernigan’s big return. These three plus Kenny Phillips are going to be key down the stretch and need to continue to make plays like they have all year.