Two teams trending in opposite directions will square off Sunday in New Orleans as Eli Manning and the Giants visit the Super Dome to take on the Saints. It looked like this was going to be a long season for Sean Payton, Drew Brees, and the entire Saints organization – but some recent success has them thinking playoffs once again. The Giants on the other hand are quickly coming back down to Earth. They looked awful in two straight divisional games to the Cowboys and Eagles, and their pass defense and stud wideout – Odell Beckham Jr. both look questionable. Even though they defeated Dallas, the Giants were roundly outplayed. Still, this is a match-up filled with intrigue and one in which both teams desperately want to win. Read on below for full game analysis and the official prediction for Giants/Saints in Week 8.
Giants vs. Saints Betting Odds:
New York Giants +3 (+100)
@ New Orleans Saints -3 (-120)
Over 50 (-110)
Under 50 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Giants vs. Saints Pick:
After a surprisingly hot start to the season for the Giants and Eli Manning, they’ve looked awful of late in two pretty big contests. They’ve received awful pass protection and something definitely seems wrong with Odell Beckham Jr. The Saints have racked up nine sacks in their past two games, and their newfound pressure on defense is resulting in a ton of success for Sean Payton’s group. New Orleans has made some defensive improvements of late – though they still struggle to stop the run. Fortunately for Rob Ryan’s unit, the Giants virtually have no run game to speak of and the Saints likely won’t get burned by this.
Similarly, the Giants also struggle at stopping the run game. Darren McFadden ran all over the Giants last week and expect big Mark Ingram to pick up where he left off. Add in the fact that the Giants’ defense will need to pay a lot more attention to the always dangerous Drew Brees – and it could be a tough afternoon for New York’s struggling defense. Brees is finally heating up and with Ingram taking some of the pressure off of him, look for a vintage outing against a porous New York secondary.
Additionally, the Giants have been absolutely brutal at applying any sort of pressure to opposing quarterbacks in 2015. They’ve been brutal at generating sacks, and even with Jason Pierre-Paul back in the mix after his fireworks accident, the change isn’t likely to materialize right away.
The Giants are fading and doing so fast. They were luckily handed the game last week vs. Dallas due to Matt Cassel being awful, but Tom Coughlin’s squad didn’t at all look convincing. They’ve got huge holes in their defense, and the Saints have the right type of team to exploit them. Expect big games from Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead as receivers. New Orleans senses an opportunity to string together a winning streak and get back into a playoff race, and look for them to do just that in front of their vocal home fans on Sunday.
PICK = Saints -3 (-120)