Drew Brees completed 28 of 44 passes for 255 yards with one touchdown and one interception on Sunday, ending his streak of three straight games with 300 plus yards. The game script limited Brees’s production — he played with an average lead of 13.7 points, which heavily favors the running game — so some owners may be expecting even more in Week 8 against the New York Giants.
Don’t be one of them.
The Giants are ranked 14th against the pass in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, which are adjusted to an average schedule of opponents and an average percentage of fumbles recovered by the defense. So even though Big Blue has been able to stop less-than-steller passers like Matt Cassel, Sam Bradford, Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor, this defense is still solid.
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has held opposing quarterbacks to a 56.9 rating against in primary coverage with two interceptions on the year, good enough for inclusion in the top 10 at the position.
Plus, the Giants are above average at stopping runs on third or fourth down, two yards or less to go, from achieving a first down or touchdown.
Take a pass on Brees this week.