Picking up the pace: Saints-Giants could see a crazy Week 2 pace
Welcome to the Week 2 edition of Snaps, Pace & Stats, where we examine trends in snap totals and no-huddle usage. It is meant as a 30,000-foot view of upcoming games, with the goal of identifying which matchups will — and which will not — be played on fertile fantasy soil.
|Rank||Week 1 Snaps||2015 Snaps/Game||Opponent Wk 1 Snaps||2015 Opp Snaps/Gm|
|1||Seattle (78)||Houston (70.4)||Miami (78)||Philadelphia (71.8)|
|2||San Francisco (77)||Philadelphia (68.9)||Los Angeles (77)||N.Y. Giants (69.1)|
|3||Dallas (75)||San Diego (68.8)||N.Y. Giants (75)||Jacksonville (68.9)|
|4||Philadelphia (73)||New Orleans (68.5)||Cleveland (73)||St. Louis (68.2)|
|5||Houston (72)||Baltimore (67.7)||Chicago (72)||Oakland (67.8)|
New Orleans Saints at New York Giants
It is hard to forget these teams combining for 141 plays, 1,024 yards and 101 points when they met in Week 8 of last season. While expecting a carbon copy of those fireworks is sure to disappoint, the rematch will be played at a similarly elevated pace. The up-tempo Giants ranked second-highest in plays-allowed last year (69.1 per game) and let the Cowboys pile up 75 on Sunday, despite holding them to a 3.4-yard average on 30 carries. The Saints will be more than happy to skew pass-heavy instead of running into a wall — which will help raise play counts on both sides.
The Giants host a Saints “defense” that ranked bottom-three in essentially every category last year, and didn’t look much better on Sunday. We got a glimpse of how quickly New York can score when they actually had the ball against Dallas — which was only for 54 plays, or 13.2 below their non-Cowboys-games average from 2015. The additions of Sterling Shepard and an again-functional Victor Cruz give their no-huddle attack (53.7-percent in Week 1; 2nd-most) additional dimensions that the now-unemployed Rueben Randle did not. It is far from sneaky — especially after last season’s game — but we want heavy exposure here.