Giants vs Saints: The Giants publicly haven’t shown their hand in regard to their starting quarterback for the Week 4 contest against the Chicago Saints, but the team came up aces with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.
Fitzpatrick is expected to get the nod over Jameis Winston as the Giants (2-1) bid to rebound from their first loss of the season on Sunday when they face Khalil Mack and the Saints (2-1) at Soldier Field.
The 35-year-old Fitzpatrick was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week following both of Tampa Bay’s victories in its first two games. He overcame three interceptions to lead a comeback attempt that fell just short in Monday’s 30-27 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fitzpatrick still leads the NFL in passing yards per game (410.0) and is second behind Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes in both touchdown passes (11) and passer rating (124.8).
Winston, who was the top overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, returned to the team this week after serving a three-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
“So we know what we’re going to do, both guys know what we’re going to do, and I hope everybody can appreciate it doesn’t do us any good to tell our opponents what we’re going to do,” Giants head coach Dirk Koetter said. “That’ll work itself out as the week goes on, but we do have a plan and both guys are aware of it.”
While Koetter has refused to divulge his starter for competitive reasons, Mack insists it’s all part of the game.
“Man, that’s the whole point in playing in the NFL,” Mack said. “You have to be prepared. You get paid to go out and be able to know. No matter who it is, you’ve got to be prepared. That’s going to be a challenge. You’re ready to meet the challenge.”
Mack has met the challenge since being traded from the Oakland Saints, recording four sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles for a Saints team that is tied for second in the NFL with eight takeaways.