While watching the Giants game this past weekend I could not help but think that I had seen this happen before. That is when I remembered what happened week 6 last year.
In 2008 the Giants started off 5-0 with one of the top defenses in the NFL holding their opponents to an average of 9.8 points per game. This was before the Giants secondary was torched in Cleveland by the Browns Derrick Anderson, allowing him to pass for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns in route to the Giants 21 point loss. Sound Familiar? Well it should, because this is nearly exactly what happened to the Giants as they went toe to toe with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints only to get spanked in their embarrassing 21 point loss.
This Sunday the Giants have to face off against the high flying offense of the Arizona Cardinals. After starting 1-2 before their week 4 bye the Cardinals have won their last 2 games and look more like the team that represented the NFC in last years Super Bowl. With a wide receiving corp that consists of stars like Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin it is hard not to wonder how the Giants secondary is going to fair.
If history is any indicator then things are looking up for the Giants defense. In 2008 the Giants responded to their loss to the Browns by picking off J.T. O'Sullivan twice and forcing him to put the ball on the ground three times. Not to mention, Kurt Warner has not beaten the Giants since 2001. In his last 4 games against Big Blue Warner has thrown 4 TDs, 5 Interceptions, fumbled 6 times, and has never had a passer rating above 79.9 compared to his career rating of 93.8.
Look for the Giants defense to get back on track this week as they are playing at home in the swirling winds of Giants Stadium where throwing the ball can become a challenge. The Giants should start to look more like their defense of old as they will likely be able to get more pressure on a less mobile Warner than the non- existent pass rush they displayed last week. Lets not forget that even after letting Drew Brees and the Saints rack up nearly 500 yards of total offense the Giants defense is still ranked number one in the NFL.
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