The New York Giants have always had trouble defending mobile quarterbacks. Whether it be Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Vince Young, Robert Griffin III or even Aaron Rodgers, the Giants have had some embarrassing losses to teams with athletic quarterbacks. Last Monday, RGIII and the Washington Redskins torched Big Blue for 207 rushing yards. The Giants were unable to find the football against the triple option and it resulted in a 17-16 loss. However, several members of the Giants defense are excited to play against a quarterback this weekend that won't be the fastest player on the field.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is obviously an incredible talent. His ability to get the ball out of his hands quickly in the pocket can neutralize a pass rush and put pressure on the secondary to stop his bevy of weapons at tight end and wide receiver. However, defensive end Jason-Pierre Paul said he would much rather face the Super Bowl XLIV MVP then the 'Skins' rookie phenom.
“We already know what he’s capable of, and his targets and stuff, so we’ll go out there and play some great football,” Pierre-Paul said of Brees. “And we ain’t gotta worry about the option.”
Brees may be capable of more than the Giants are bargaining for this weekend. Despite the Saints' 5-7 record, Brees has thrown for 3,674 yards and 31 touchdowns through 11 games. By comparison, Eli Manning has thrown for 3,170 yards this season and 16 touchdowns. The difference in these statistics are likely due to the fact that the Saints have one of the league's worst rushing attacks, while the Giants are willing to hand the ball off to Ahmad Bradshaw over 20 times per game. Bress has attempted 65 more passes than Manning this season.
Needless to say, it's going to take a stellar defensive effort from Big Blue to contain the Saints offense on Sunday. New Orleans is all but eliminated from playoff competition, but this is still a dangerous football team. If the Giants don't find a way to force multiple turnovers, this could turn into a long day for them. This unit has not played to their potential this season and it's imperative that they find a way to return to form if they want to mak the playoffs. Perhaps, Antrel Rolle said it best when he addressed what was missing from this year's defensive squad.
“This is football. We are not building computers. We are not businessmen,” Rolle said. “We are out there to play a very physical sport, to play ball. And having that dog mentality and having a nasty attitude to go along with, while you are out there on the field, I think it suits us right.”
The Giants have their backs against the wall on Sunday. A loss could strip the team of control of their own destiny. We've saw the 2007 and 2011 teams respond in this situation, and we're about for find out if this year's squad has the talent, mental fortitude and motivation to play their best when it counts the most.
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