New Orleans is known as the Big Easy. For the Giants, a week after facing Robert Griffin III and all of the exotic things he can do on a football field, the Saints are looking pretty Easy, too.
"Going up to, like, a traditional offense, we know what we're going to probably get, and it's much easier," Jason Pierre-Paul said Wednesday. "Having an option quarterback, coming from college, and the kid [Griffin] is fast, man. I'm getting old, you know? It should be much easier this weekend."
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Yes. The Giants are facing the quarterback who holds the single-season record for passing yards in a season, leads the NFL with 31 touchdown passes this year and is second in yardage, has never lost to the Giants in four career starts and has never even thrown an interception against them, and a perennial Pro Bowler. And they're exhaling with relief.
"We're back to regular football this week."
Brees is hoping that he'll be back to regular, too, after a difficult week. He's looking to rebound after throwing five interceptions last Thursday against the Falcons and having his record streak of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass snapped.
"I'm not losing any confidence," Brees said. "You've got to have a lot of trust and a lot of confidence to play this position and I believe in myself and I believe in this team, in this offense and our ability to make plays and to score points and to help lead this team."
The Giants are ready to face that, even relishing it. As long as Brees stays in the pocket where he belongs.
"We already know what he's capable of and his targets and stuff, so we'll go out there and play some great football," Pierre-Paul said. "And we ain't got to worry about the option."
The option, of course, is the confusing, confounding scheme that the Redskins used to beat the Giants, 17-16, on Monday night.
"Just playing that option, man, is crazy," Pierre-Paul said. "I think we're one of the best teams that have played it, played it well, but it's a pain in the [butt]. I hate playing it."
"The difference is not facing what we faced last week," linebacker Michael Boley said of the more confident mood of the defense going against the Saints. "Anytime you go against what we faced last week, getting back to more traditional, NFL-style football [is nice]."
Even Tom Coughlin seemed cautiously happy to be back facing a traditional system, albeit with a word of caution about being too happy.
"Will it help us in that it's a style that we would be more inclined to defend or try to defend?" he asked rhetorically. "There's a lot of things that are going to have to be grasped, but it's not the scheme that we're least familiar with. We might be familiar with it, but it still doesn't make it any easier to defend."
Compared to last week, though, it'd be difficult to find anything harder.