The New Orleans Saints and New York Giants face off in Week 2 of the 2016 NFL regular season after close games for both teams in their season opener.
The Saints lost to the Oakland Raiders, 35-34 and the Giants beat the Dallas Cowbys, 20-19 in Week 1. New Orleans collapsed in the final quarter while New York made a comeback in the teams’ first games of the season.
“Not at one time did I feel at any point in the game that we doubted that we were going to win the game. Even though we were down late in the game, and headed into the fourth quarter, I didn’t feel at any time that there was any doubt by anybody on the team, offense or defense,” Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas stated via ESPN after the Giants’ comeback win.
Casillas signed a three-year deal worth $10.5 million with the Giants last offseason. He was a member of the Saints’ team that won Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 and was one of their key players.
The Saints’ loss was blamed for the team’s poor defense on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. New Orleans has to do a better job against the Giants, who will have veteran QB Eli Manning. Manning had 207 passing yards on 19 of 28 completions with 3 touchdowns and one interception in the comeback win over the Cowboys.
“We have to be better in that area (rushing the passer), and sometimes it’s going to come from more than a four-man rush — or a pressure. But I think that it’s more difficult on the back end if the quarterback has time and is able to sit in the pocket and get to his third and fourth receivers, and that happened a little bit in the second half (against the Raiders),” Saints head coach Sean Payton added.
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This match-up is going to be a quarterback battle with scoring expected to be high. Saints QB Drew Brees had 423 passing yards on 28 of 42 completions with 4 touchdowns in his first game of the season. But New Orleans has to step up on their defense and help Brees.
Prediction: New York Giants 38, New Orleans Saints 24
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