Come Sunday, the Giants will be looking to get consistent pressure on Saints QB Drew Brees with the obvious goal to get him on the ground. But they are going to need to be extra careful how they do that.
Over the past three weeks, the NFL has experienced many questionable roughing-the-passer calls (just ask Clay Matthews). But the Giants-Saints matchup will feature NFL referee Pete Morelli's crew, who have called a league-high six roughing-the-passer penalties so far this season.
And the Giants are well aware of it.
"We watched a video breaking down what is and isn't a penalty," one Giants defensive end told NJ.com's Matt Lombardo. "The coaches definitely told us that this crew will call anything close to roughing the passer."
Giants DE Olivier Vernon won't get the chance to get to Brees, as he was deemed inactive for the third straight week. But that doesn't mean he hasn't been paying attention to the calls.
"Yeah, I just hope I don't get called for that," he said. "I'm not trying to get called for that."
The new rule, which wants pass rushers to not land with their full bodweight on the quarterback, has been hard for defensive players to transition to. It has also sparked some controversy with Matthews saying the league is getting "soft."
Giants DT Dalvin Tomlinson says there's really no way to practice to get the proper technique down to avoid seeing a yellow flag.
"You already know that you can't land most of your weight on the quarterback," he said. "That's part of our job now, not to get a roughing the passer penalty. It's just part of the job.
"I feel like the technique is something you can only work on in the game, because you can't hit the quarterback in practice. You usually just have to wait to work on that until you get to the backfield. Just throw most of your body weight to the side, and hope for the best."
It simply comes down to making the play, and hoping that when bodies collide, it isn't with the rusher on top of the quarterback completely. That is how Landon Collins will be playing on Sunday.
"You got to continue playing football," Collins said this week. "It's up to the refs discretion on what's roughing the passer, because different refs are going to call it. We had a lot of tackles on the quarterback so far, and I don't think we've gotten one yet. It's on the ref's discretion. Just keep going, you just keep playing ball. It's a contact sport. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it won't, and we just have to live with the consequences from there."
The Giants collected three sacks last week against the Texans, while the Saints have allowed five sacks over three games on Brees.