The New York Giants have turned the page to New Orleans, where they will play this Sunday against the Saints. It will be the first game back at the Superdome since Hurricane Ida displaced the home team. The Giants enter Week 4 in search of their first win of the season while New Orleans has victories over Green Bay and New England with a loss to Carolina in between.
Coach Joe Judge kicked off Week 4 on Wednesday with his usual presser at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Here is all you need to know:
🔹 Judge said the biggest thing that jumps out about the Saints is their aggressiveness in all three phases. They take on the identity of Sean Payton, the winningest head coach in Saints history. Payton spent four years with the New York Giants (1999-2002), the last three as offensive coordinator after spending his first season as quarterbacks coach. He coached current Giants offensive coordinator and former quarterback Jason Garrett. "He does a tremendous job with the offense as far creating matchups, getting the run game going, being very creative with his players," Judge said.
🔹 Judge said Saints running back Alvin Kamara "jumps out at you all the time – receiver, runner, screens, whatever it may be. This guy with the ball in his hands is an absolute weapon."
🔹 Judge said Jameis Winston is playing at a "very high level" right now after taking over for Drew Brees, the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards for at least a few more days (Tom Brady needs 68 yards to break the record). Winston, the No. 1 overall pick by the Buccaneers in 2015, has thrown seven touchdowns to two interceptions through three games in his second season with New Orleans. The tally includes five against Green Bay in Week 1 alone. "They've kept a lot of the structure consistent through changeovers of players," Judge said.
🔹 About the Saints' defense, Judge said have a lot of savvy veterans who don't make a lot of mistakes.
🔹 Judge expects a raucous atmosphere this Sunday in the Saints' first game back at the Superdome, where the Giants have not won since 1993. Judge said the city of New Orleans feeds off the team, and vice versa. "We expect one of the greatest atmospheres we've ever been in," Judge said. "For those of us who are kind of historians of the game, you look back on that Katrina game, the first game back in the dome. I would expect this to be very, very similar. That town takes a lot of pride in New Orleans, a lot of pride in their team and the team takes a lot of pride in representing their city, so this is going to be a tough game for us."
🔹 After losing back-to-back games on last-second field goals, Judge said the "truth is what's on tape" and "close isn't good enough." He said it doesn't come down to the final play. It's about a series of key plays leading up to the end that can affect the outcome. "It's a series of, you could say sometimes it's four or five, seven, 10, whatever it is, plays throughout the game," Judge said. "You have to look at it and say, 'These were really the plays that stopped us early that prevented us late from having success.'" It should be noted the Giants lost on a 50-yard Kai Forbath field goal as time expired in the Giants' last trip to New Orleans. The 2015 meeting was an epic game that featured 13 combined touchdown passes between Eli Manning and Brees.
🔹 Wednesday was not a full-speed practice, and the Giants hope to get a better idea about wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton today. They both left last week's home game against the Falcons with hamstring injuries. "If this was a full-speed day, we wouldn't see these guys in full-speed action," Judge said. "We have a little bit more time going into the game and stuff like that. We'll see coming out today and how tomorrow looks right there."
🔹 Wide receiver John Ross has been designated for return to practice.
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