If last year’s 52-49 offensive showcase, in which the Saints came out on top in the Superdome, is any indication of how today’s rematch between the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints will be a real treat.
The New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys last weekend thanks in part to touchdown receptions from wide receiver’s Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz, as well as a stingy defense that held Dallas’s offense in check on their last-minute drive. The New Orleans Saints were involved in another close game, losing a heartbreaker to the Oakland Raiders, 35-34, on a last-second two-point conversion attempt.
Drew Brees will present a huge challenge for the Giant secondary after a four touchdown game against Oakland in which he threw for 423 yards. Brandin Cooks is the Odell Beckham Jr. of the New Orleans offense, and corners Eli Apple and Janoris Jenkins will need to shadow him all day in order to keep him from dominating the game. The Giant defense should have an edge in this game, although both defenses were horrendous last year.
I expect another shootout at MetLife stadium today, with the Giants defense making a final stop deep into the fourth quarter–similar to what they had to do in Dallas last week. Odell Beckham Jr. will be too much for the New Orleans secondary and outside linebackers to handle, and Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen will pick up big yards in big spots as they did last week.
Prediction: Giants 38, Saints 35