The Giants defense didn’t look Super today against the Saints, as they lost to New Orleans. There was absolutely no pressure on Drew Brees, and he took advantage of that.
The Saints started the scoring off early, on a 2 yard run by Mike Bell which capped off a 70 yard drive. The Saints added one more in the first quarter on a 7 yard pass to Jeremy Shockey. Lawrence Tynes added a field goal at the end of the quarter to make it 14-3.
Robert Meacham scored on a 36 yard touchdown to start the scorring in the second half. The Giants answered on a 10 yard touchdown run by Ahmad Bradshaw, but the Saints answered right back on 12 yard pass to Lance Moore. After a TD pass to Mario Manningham, the Saints capitalized on a fumble by the Giants, and scored on a 7 yard run by Reggie Bush, to go up 34-17 at the half.
The scoring slowed down in the second half, with the only scoring in the third quarter a 12 yard pass to Marques Colston. Lawernce Tynes got the Giants back on the board with a 38 yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. The Saints scored once more on a 2 yard run by Heath Evans. The Giants added one more score on a 37 yard pass to Hakeem Nicks.
The defense was absolutely dreadful, and got no pressure on Brees whatsoever. Brees is too good to give him that much time. The run defense was actually solid, but this high octane offense took advantage of the poor performace by the pass defense. It seems that they are really missing Chris Canty, Aaron Ross and Kenny Phillips. You can beat the Raiders with a depleted defense. You can’t beat the Saints.
The offense was kind of hit or miss. They were at their best with short passes, and the Saints kept giving them that. But, deep passes were very ineffective.
In short, the Giants looked like a team that hasn’t faced a quality opponent in awhile. They gave up 502(!) total yards. Saints were 7-12 on third downs. This was the first true test for the Giants. They didn’t fare too well. The Saints are a great team. The Giants will have to go home and regroup.