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Game 4 preview
Sunday Oct 3, 1:00 PM - Giants at New Orleans

Giants (0-3) Saints (2-1)
Last Sunday, the New Orleans Saints scored a touchdown in each quarter of the game. They left New England with a 28-13 win over the Patriots.
The Giants gave Atlanta their first win of the season, while continuing on their own losing path. For the second week in a row, the Giants lost to a field goal on the last play of the game. This time, 17-14 to the Falcons.

New Orleans Saints
Sean Payton is in his 15th year as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. This is the first time Drew Brees hasn't been there to start off one of his seasons. The retired quarterback led the Saints to division titles in the last four years of his career. Jameis Winston is the starter now. Winston didn't play much all last season. He threw only 11 passes in the regular season, but in the Saints divisional round playoff loss Winston did get in one throw. It was a 56-yard touchdown pass against his old team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Saints Offense
Things could be very different now with Jameis Winston in the quarterback spot. Last year the Saints had only 44 pass plays of 20 or more yards. Winston has a powerful passing arm, and in 2019 he completed over 60% of his passes for 5109 yards and 33 touchdowns. The down side was the 30 interceptions with 7 being pick-sixes, and that's one of the reasons he's here now instead of Tampa Bay. So far in three games Winston has thrown 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, a much better ratio. That goes for wins and losses as well. Winston was 7-9 in his last stint as a starter, and is 2-1 now. An average of 129 passing yards instead of 319 a game doesn't sound good, but it's working for the Saints.
The Saints offensive line has taken some hits. Starting center Erik McCoy has been out, and left tackle Terron Armstead was hurt last week, and will miss this game. Running back Alvin Kamara led the team with 16 rushing touchdowns last year. He was also the leading receiver, and caught 5 touchdowns. That total of 21 touchdowns was the best of anyone in the NFL. Kamara averaged over 5 yards a carry going into this year, but so far teams have held him to 3.4 and no touchdowns. Kamara's average per catch is down also, but he's caught 2 touchdowns.

Saints Defense
Last year they were ranked 5th in pass defense, and 4th in rushing defense. They were also tied for fifth in the league at limiting opponents to 21.1 points a game. That average is down to 14 over these first three games, and they are tied for the second most turnovers in the NFL with seven. In their one loss to Carolina, they were missing Pro Bowl shutdown cornerback Marshon Lattimore. He could have been the difference in that game. Even if you don't follow the Saints, you may recognize the names of their safeties, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Malcolm Jenkins, and Marcus Williams. They are all playmakers. Veteran linebacker Demario Davis is a great run blocker and one of the best in passing defense. Overall, the Saints have an aggressive defense, and like to mix in blitzing from linebackers and defensive backs.

Giants Offense
Things are not going well for the Giants. They can't seem to continue drives all the way downfield into the endzone. Last week a snapped ball sailed over Daniel Jones head and killed a drive. On another, Jones was done in when an untouched defender sacked him for an 11-yard loss. A big catch by Saquon Barkley was called back because a lineman was too far downfield. This week the offensive line will be fielding its fourth different starting combination because of injuries at left guard.
It's not just the line.
Starting wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, will miss this game dealing with hamstring injuries. The Giants need to do more with Kadarius Toney, at least to keep blanket coverage off Kenny Golladay, and they have activated John Ross off of injured reserve. It wouldn't hurt if tight end Evan Engram hung on to the ball, and for Barkley to have a break out game.

Giants Defense
They have slipped since last year. In these first three games, opponents have completed 75.4 percent of their passes for 802 yards and 6 touchdowns, with just one interception. Now, Blake Martinez, the defense's top linebacker, is out for the season. Martinez was injured on the fifth play of the team's 17-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Rookie Tae Crowder, known as 'Mr. Irrelevant' in reference to his draft position, took over for Martinez, and did a decent job. Crowder had a team high 11 tackles, and will guide the defense again this game. Veteran Reggie Ragland might be called on to assist in that area.
Up front the Giants need to get a real pass rush going. Jameis Winston has thrown 2 interceptions, and both came in the one game the Saints lost. What did Carolina do to get him off his mark, take 4 sacks, and complete only half his passes? The Giants secondary has to be ready to capitalize on any mistakes that can be forced. They have been inconsistent, and need to step it up for the Giants to win this one.

The Saints were originally scheduled to open at home against the Green Bay Packers. That game was instead played in Jacksonville, Florida, because of Hurricane Ida. Then the Saints were on the road for two games before returning this Sunday to the Caesars Superdome for their true 2021 home opener.
It's going to be a tough crowd for the Giants who were already underdogs before recent injuries were factored in. In the old days, you could count on the Giants surprising everyone with a big upset. These aren't the old days, but the Giants sure need to come up with an upset here.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Giants (0-3) at Saints (2-1).
Sunday at 1:00pm Washington (1-2) at Falcons (1-2).
Sunday at 1:00pm Panthers (3-0) at Cowboys (2-1).
Sunday at 1:00pm Chiefs (1-2) at Eagles (1-2).
Washington and the Cowboys are the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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