Jim Henderson's Black & Gold Breakdown: Saints at Giants

Jim Henderson's Black & Gold Breakdown: Saints at Giants

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - This past off-season, the New York Giants had money to spend and little question where they should spend it.  Only the Giants' defense was worse than the Saints', and their pass defense was the worst in NFL history in yards surrendered.

So they quickly pounced in free agency, spending $205 million to upgrade their defense, $141 million of that on the defensive line.

Money well spent based on opening day results, which have the Giants 13th in the NFL defensively.  They allowed the cowboys just a touchdown and four field goals, held Ezekiel Elliott to 2.6 yards per carry, and didn't allow Dak Prescott to throw a touchdown.

And they came up big defensively in the closing seconds with the game on the line to score a thrilling one-point win.

The story could not have been much different for the Saints, though their margin of defeat was the same as the Giants' margin of victory.

The giants boast a trio of wide receivers in Odell Beckham Jr., Victory Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard, who figure to see a lot of snaps on Sunday against the Saints' defensive backfield neophytes in P.J. Willilams, Ken Crawley and Da'Vonte Harris. New head coach Ben McAdoo figures to call an up-tempo game to generate maximum pressure on a stressed Saints' defense that is the worst in the league against the run, and second worst overall after the first week - positions where the Saints are all-too-used to residing.

Like a week ago, the pressure would seem to rest on Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead to overcome the defense's shortcomings against a Giant defense that is handsomely compensated to come up short no longer.

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