Put no pressure on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (24 of 38, 363 yards, 4 TD) and you're all but guaranteed to suffer a disparaging, one-sided defeat as the New York Giants (6-5) did Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Giants, en route to being embarrassed 49-24, gave up 577 yards to New Orleans' offense, which marks the most they have surrendered in a single game since the Chicago Bears compiled 682 yards against them in 1943. New York's defense produced no sacks in the matchup, which was essentially a practice session for the Saints (8-3), who at one point reached the end zone on four consecutive possessions.
Giants defensive linemen Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Christ Canty came closer to sacking you or I than Brees, who also had an 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The G-Men managed one sack last Sunday night vs. the Philadelphia Eagles and two during their Week 10 meeting with the San Francisco 49ers.
New York defensive coordinator Perry Fewell warned last week that victory vs. the Super Bowl XLIV champions would be difficult if Pierre-Paul, Umenyiora, Tuck and Canty failed to get in Brees' face. The group didn't, so what Fewell and Big Blue's following feared is exactly what happened.
The Giants are now losers of three straight since beating the New England Patriots in Week 9. There is a strong chance that skid could reach four games this Sunday, when the undefeated Green Bay Packers (11-0) visit MetLife Stadium. If Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has as much time to operate as Brees did, the mercy rule might be needed.
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