The New York Giants have their work cut out for them as they enter their Week 14 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. With only a one game lead in the NFC East, the Giants are already talking about needing to win the rest of their games to ensure they make the playoffs.
While winning every game might not be totally necessary, it is something that would make the Giants’ life easier. However, the Giants are winless against Drew Brees in four games. Brees has beaten the Giants three times as a member of the Saints and once as a member of the San Diego Chargers. Brees has had the Giants number.
While much of the attention has surrounded tight end Jimmy Graham the key for the Giants will be to get to Drew Brees and force him to make mistakes like he did against the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday night.
The Giants’ pass rush has been very inconsistent this year but they have come alive at times and put some intense pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Even the extremely agile Robert Griffin III took some big hits from Giants defensive linemen.
The Giants will need to get that kind of pressure on Brees, force him to hurry his throws, and thereby increase the chance of Brees making a mistake. The Giants can’t allow Brees a lot of time in the pocket or else he will pick apart the Giants’ secondary, something he has done every time he has faced them.
For as dangerous as Brees is, the Giants will also have to win the battle at the line of scrimmage against the run as well. After allowing 207 yards on the ground last week to the Washington Redskins and also allowing the Pittsburgh Steelers, with backup running backs, to gain 158 yards on the ground. The Giants will need to stop the run, regardless of who is running the football. I might be going out on a limb here but Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas might be a little better than what the Steelers threw at the Giants.
Winning the battle at the line of scrimmage is key to winning any football game but against a quarterback like Drew Brees it is imperative if they want to win.
If the Giants want to ensure they make the playoffs and properly defend their Super Bowl title they will need to win in the trenches and force Brees to make mistakes.