The Saints are now at 3-4 after defeating the Indianapolis Colts in a dominant fashion. Don’t let the score of 27-21 fool you, the Saints had control of the game from the start. If it weren’t for a few stumbles (literally) from cornerback Delvin Breaux, the Saints may have shutout the Colts. The Saints will look to carry over the performance into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when they take on the 4-3 Giants. As of now, the Saints are 3rd in the NFC South while the Giants are 1st in the NFC East.

This game should be relatively close. In Vegas, the Saints are three-point favorites. Odell Beckham Jr., the internet-breaking receiver best known for his three-finger catch and stellar play at LSU, will return to his home this Sunday. Beckham was born in New Orleans, and he attended LSU. Eli Manning will also be coming back to his childhood home.

This game should be interesting. The Giants have struggled in the dOMe against the Saints. In the two games they played against the Saints in the Superdome, Drew Brees has thrown for 732 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Saints will need Drew to continue his excellent play at home against the Giants if they want to win. This game could very easily be a high-scoring game as the Saints’ defense is 30th in the league in yards allowed, and the Giants sit at 29th. The defensive play will likely decide the outcome of the game.

For the Saints, they will be without LB David Hawthorne and OT Andrus Peat. CB Keenan Lewis is marked as questionable. The most concerning injury in my opinion is that of LB Dannell Ellerbe. He is listed as doubtful. In the games that he has played, he has had a tremendous impact. He is solid in coverage, and it seems like he is a part of every play. The Saints have re-signed JoLonn Dunbar who was recently cut by the Rams.  If Ellerbe does not play, the Dunbar may be called into action. The potential absence of Keenan Lewis is still of importance, but the Giants don’t have the same receiver corp the Colts have. The Saints expect to know Ellerbe’s status in the next 24-48 hours. We will keep you updated on Twitter @WhoDatWarriors as well as on the twitter stream on the main page.

The Giants will also have to deal with their fair share of injuries. CB Prince Amukamara, WR Victor Cruz, DE Owa Obdighizuwa, and LB J.T. Thomas have been ruled out. Luckily for the Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. has been practicing this week; it appears he is guaranteed to play.

This will also be the return of Steve Spagnuole who ingloriously led the Saints defense in the cellar during Sean Payton’s absence and was promptly fired.  “Spags” may have this game circled on his calendar and Tom Coughlin is no fan of getting trounced again in the dOMe.

Will Drew Brees be Superman again?

Will Drew Brees be Superman again?

The keys to victory for the Saints are put pressure on Eli Manning, stop the run, and protect the ball. Quite frankly, the keys to victory this week are very similar to the keys last week. Eli Manning has only been sacked 9 times this season. The Saints’ pass rush has improved significantly the past two weeks. That trend needs to continue. Cameron Jordan has had monster games the past two weeks. He has posted five sacks in the two games against the Falcons and Colts. Kikaha will need to continue to put pressure from the edge. By putting hands in the face of Eli Manning, they can disrupt his rhythm. If the Saints can maintain tight coverage, Eli will be forced to hold on to the ball longer than his 2.5 second average.

New Orleans Saints Versus New York Giants Will Cam Jordan give Eli some welcome home hugs?

New Orleans Saints Versus New York Giants

According to ESPN, the Giants are averaging 95.6 rush yards a game. The Saints will need to limit the explosive runs as they can be killer. By stopping the run game, the Saints will force Eli to throw the ball.

Turnovers may be the most important thing for the Saints. The Saints are finally even on turnover differential. The Giants, on the other hand, have a plus-10 turnover differential. If Drew Brees can keep the ball out of the Giants’ hands, the Saints offense should be ok.

The Saints’ offense will look to roll against one of the weaker defenses in the league. Mark Ingram had a big game against the Colts after rushing for 143 yards and a touchdown. Brees fared decently well after throwing for 255 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception in the end zone. Drew Brees will likely distribute the ball to numerous receivers as he typically does. I would expect a bigger game from Snead who only had three receptions last game. Cooks and Brees will look to connect on more deep balls as it appeared they got something going against the Colts after sputtering some in the beginning.

It is also expected the Saints will scheme in Michael Hoomanawanui and CJ Spiller to their best advantage.  The Saints are determined to make a go of this season; their determination will be on display this Sunday.

First Saints touchdown for Michael Hoomanawanui

First Saints touchdown for Michael Hoomanawanui

I’m going to go with the Saints again on this one. I think last week was crucial for the Saints. The defense played well, and the offense was balanced. The Giants have struggled to get to the QB, and if Drew Brees has time, watch out. I expect more great things from the defense. Delvin Breaux may just have his toughest matchup yet in Odell Beckham Jr., but I think he will be able to handle it (Hopefully he has gotten new cleats). My score prediction is 31-24 Saints. Hopefully the Saints build on their last performance and pull out of it with the win. WHO DAT!

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Can the Saints Win Three Games in a Row  Saints versus Giants

Can the Saints Win Three Games in a Row  Saints versus Giants