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5 Keys to Beating the Saints

This is the first true test for the Giants, as they travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints. The Saints have a tremendous offense, and a very underrated defense. The Giants will have to do a lot of things to win. Here are 5 Keys to Beating the Saints.

1. Clock Control

What’s the best way to slow down a potent offense? Don’t give them the ball. The Giants will need to employ a clock control offense. What does that mean? It means a lot of short passes, and a lot of Brandon Jacobs (more on him later). The Giants will simply have to move the chains. If they can win the time of possession battle, they have a good chance of winning the game.

2. Pressure, Pressure and More Pressure

I’m a huge believer in a pressure defense–especially when there is a great QB. Drew Brees is a great QB. To slow him down, the Giants will need a strong pass rush. Tuck, Umenyiora, Kiwanuka and company will need to bring the house. They’ll have to blitz 5, 6 guys at a time. The key is to getting in the face of Brees. Force him to make bad decisions. Force him to scramble. Make him uncomfortable.

3. Brandon Jacobs

Let’s face it: Brandon Jacobs has been a disappointment. He hasn’t been running with the same tenacity that we’ve grown accustomed to. That said, I think he’ll break out this week. And that will be huge for the Giants. If he can control the clock, pound the defense, that only increases the Giants chances of winning. I think he’ll break out for one simple reason: He’s angry. He’s tired of hearing all of the naysayers. He wants to prove them wrong. This could be the week to do it.

4. Corey Webster

Corey Webster’s homecoming has to be a good one. Webster will need to stop Marques Colston. I think he can do that. Webster has proven to be one of the best corners in the league. He’ll have to be that on Sunday.

5. Bear Down

The Saints aren’t the Raiders. This is the first bona fide team the Giants have played all year. This will be the first true test all year. The Giants are not one to be intimidated. But, they have to realize that the past couple of weeks have been cupcakes. They have to realize that they have to cut down on mistakes. This could be a preview of the NFC Championship game. It would be wise for the Giants to take this very, very seriously. I don’t doubt that they will. I am a bit concerned that the Giants won’t come out strong. I don’t think the Giants have reached their full talent potential. After 3 easy ones in a row, it was easy for the Giants to dominate. They didn’t have do anything out of the ordinary. Now, they have to be special. They have to execute in all facets–especially special teams. The Giants have the ability to beat the Saints. I just want to see it first.

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5 Responses to “5 Keys to Beating the Saints”

  1. andrew ilnicki says:

    The Giants win this game — people are in for a real wakeup call…. the Giants are the best team in the NFL. period.

  2. royhobbs7 says:

    The game may come down to Tynes’ leg.

  3. Jason C. says:

    You seem to be drinking the same Kool-Aid all the naysayers are.
    The Giants have 2 big division wins, one to start the season, the second against a worthy rival coming off of a big win and opening a new stadium, saying they haven’t had a bona fide match up all year is ridiculous.
    Also I completely disagree about beating the Saints by running and short passes, it’s actually the opposite, they can be beat downfield if you can protect against the edge rushers, and being that the Giants have what is being called the best O-Line in the game, I see a few shots downfield.
    Also they should throw right at Darren Sharper, Sharper is most dangerous when he’s reading the QB’s eyes and moving to the ball, but if you throw right at him, he can’t use his ballhawking skills.
    I think you will see the difference between a young Eli Manning (a la Mark Sanchez) and a more experienced, as he looks off Sharper and throws right to his side of the field, keeping him off of his toes early.
    Giants win 34-20!

  4. George R in Fla says:

    If I can add my 2 cents.

    As far as the running goes, good cut backs are essential against a team that blitzes 60% of the time (Does the name Bradshaw pop into your mind?)

    I think if we go up early by 2 scores (10 or 14 points), it wont allow Williams to let his boys tee off on Eli 3 out of 5 plays.

    I am worried about this game because of the high powered offense and the vastly improved defense, but I still see the GMen winning in a close game. I also have a hunch it is not going to be the shootout a lot of people think.

  5. andrew ilnicki says:

    The Giants unquestionably have the defensive edge… theyre #1 passing defense in the league for a reason.

    offensively in every category the Giants are just as potent as New Orleans is.

    The Saints and the rest of the pundits are going to realize the Giants havent been a fluke for the better part of 2 years… they got where they are because they are that good.

    The road warriors notch another one to their belt in NO sunday.

    ba – lee – dat.

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