For those of you who don't know, nickel and dime packages are defenses that use five and six defensive backs respectively at the expense of linebackers. The Giants have run these formations frequently in the past, and they may be a big help in defeating the Saints on Monday night.
The Saints are a team that lives by the pass, which means the Giants will have to be ready. Luckily, they have a good amount of depth at defensive back even with Bruce Johnson and Terrell Thomas out for the season. Corey Webster, Deon Grant, Aaron Ross, Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle have all proven to be solid coverage backs in the past, and Prince Amukamara will have the opportunity to show his worth against New Orleans.
With players like Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Darren Sproles taking the field, the Giants will need to be ready. They are comfortable with nickel and dime packages, which are more effective against the pass than a normal 4-3 and will prove to be quite formidable against Drew Brees and the Saints.
If the Giants want to field a defense capable of stopping the NFL's best passing attack, they will need five to six defensive backs on the field for a lot of the game. Luckily, they have the depth to do so.