Giants defense studies up on last year's atrocity vs. Saints

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But with Breaux out with a broken fibula suffered in the Saints' Week 1 loss, the Saints are likely to have one of their three inexperienced cornerbacks - P.J. Williams, De'Vante Harris or Ken Crawley - in coverage against the LSU product.

Each of those receivers played at least 50 of the Giants' 56 snaps on offense in Week 1, meaning they were on the field for a majority of the Giants' 20-19 road win against the Dallas Cowboys. Not too many rookie quarterbacks win their first game against a good team.

But you can bet your bottom dollar they want to put the NFC on notice, letting all teams know they are back after missing the playoffs in four-straight seasons.

Despite a number of adequate additions over the offseason, the New Orleans Saints defense looked equally abysmal on Sunday as it did all last season, which isn't a good sign for the Saints. On the ground, Rashad Jennings rushed for 75 yards in 18 attempts while Shane Vereen added 38 yards in six carries.

That guy is Drew Brees, the Saints quarterback ensured of enshrinement in Canton. Thus, we should expect cornerback Janoris Jenkins and the rest of the Giants secondary to play aggressively and take some shots at picking off the future Hall of Famer.

A year ago, the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints engaged in an offensive battle for the ages.

Brees is almost flawless at home indoors on the fast track of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but tends to pull brief vanishing acts on the road.

Jonathan Casillas - and presumably other players as well - avoided looking at the atrocity that was their defensive performance against the Saints a year ago. Eli Manning was excellent as well, but came up just short. However, his individual performance has been solid, as he's tallied a respectable 1,432 yards and 15 TDs to just five INTs. Eli Manning completed 19 of 28 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns against one interception.

After all, how proud could the unit feel about slowing an offense led by Dak Prescott?

This Sunday however, the game will be played in Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (across the river from downtown New York City); but with what could be similar results. In Week 1, New Orleans was not as fortunate.

The Giants are just as familiar, having surrendered an average of 44 points, four passing touchdowns and almost 398 yards to Brees in their past four meetings, which ended with three Saints wins.

Tight end Larry Donnell also caught a touchdown pass. "At the end of the day, we beat a rookie quarterback in his first game", Casillas said Tuesday.

The Saints eventually hung on and beat the Giants, 52-49.