Giants @ Saints: Game Preview

NEW YORK GIANTS (6-4) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-3)

SERIES

GIANTS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

14-11

STREAKS

3 of past 4

COACHES VS. OPP.

Coughlin: 2-3

Payton: 2-0

LAST WEEK

L 17-10 vs. Eagles

Bye (Wk. 10: 26-23 (OT) at Falcons)

LAST GAME

10/18/09: Giants 27 at Saints 48. New Orleans QB Drew Brees completes 23 of 30 passes (76.7 percent) for 369 yards with 4 TDs & 156.8 passer rating.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/18/09

BROADCAST

ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworksi, Jon Gruden, Ed Werder (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (NYG), 92 (NO). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (NYG), 226 (NO). 

STATS

PASSING

Manning: 220-355-2,952 (3C)-18-9-94.7

Brees: 299-422-3,326 (1L)-23 (3C)-11-101.3 (3L)

RUSHING

Bradshaw: 111-440-4.0-5

Sproles: 51-348-6.8-2

RECEIVING

Cruz: 46-800-17.4-5

Graham (RB): 62 (1C)-873 (3C)-14.1-6

OFFENSE

364.6

436.9 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

+7

-5

DEFENSE

362.1

361.4

SACKS

Pierre-Paul: 10.5 (3L)

Harper: 6.5

INTs

Ross, Webster: 4 (T3C)

P. Robinson: 2

PUNTING

Weatherford: 46.7

Morstead: 48.2 (3C)

KICKING

Tynes: 56 (26/26 PAT; 10/12 FG)

Kasay: 99 (3L) (33/33 PAT; 22/27 FG)

 

NOTES

GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING grew up in NO & father ARCHIE played QB for Saints (1971-82). Leads NFL with 120.5 rating in 4th Q. Aims for 4th consecutive win indoors...RB AHMAD BRADSHAW had TD in last meeting. Incl. playoffs, when RB BRANDON JACOBS starts & has 21+ att., Giants are 11-1...WR VICTOR CRUZ had 6 catches for 128 yards & TD last week. Has 80+ yards in 7 of past 8. WR HAKEEM NICKS had 5 catches for 114 yards (22.8 avg.) & TD (37 yards) in last meeting. WR MARIO MANNINGHAMhad TD catch in last game vs. NO...Incl. playoffs, NYG have won 20 of past 24 when DE JUSTIN TUCK has sack. DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 15 sacks in past 16. LB MATHIAS KIWANUKA has sack or INT in 4 of past 6. DE OSI UMENYIORA has 3 sacks in past 3 meetings. Has 7 sacks in 7 games in 2011. CB COREY WEBSTER has 4 INTs in past 5. Rookie CB PRINCE AMUKAMARA had 1st INT last week.

SAINTS Head coach SEAN PAYTON was asst. with NYG (1999-2002)...QB DREW BREES 3,326 pass yards, most in 1st 10 games in NFL history. Has 20+ comp. in NFL-record 30 games in row. Has TD pass in 37 consecutive games, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. Is 3-0 in career vs. NYG, completing 55 of 84 (65.5 pct.) for 692 yards with 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.8 rating...RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES is only player in NFL with 2+ rush TDs (2), 2+ rec. TDs (3) & ret. TD. RB PIERRE THOMAS has TD in 2 of past 3...TE JIMMY GRAHAM leads NFL TEs in receptions (62) & yards (873). WR MARQUES COLSTON aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with TD. In last meeting, had 8 catches for 166 yards (20.8 avg.) & TD.  WR ROBERT MEACHEM had 36-yard TD catch in last meeting. Has 21 career rec. TDs & 14 have gone for 25+ yards. WR LANCE MOORE had 6 catches for 78 yards & TD in last meeting...Since entering NFL in 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 16 sacks, most by DB. Had sack in last meeting. CB JABARI GREER had INT in last game vs. NYG.

   

Two teams in the thick of the NFC playoff race will meet on Monday night. The Giants are currently tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East while the Saints enter Week 12 with a 7-3 record and a one-game lead on Atlanta in the NFC South.

New York quarterback ELI MANNING returns to his hometown and the site where his father, ARCHIE, played quarterback for the Saints (1971-82). Manning leads the NFL with a 120.5 passer rating in the fourth quarter this season, throwing for 1,081 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"Obviously, we have to go win," says Manning on the importance of this game. "That is always going to be the case since we have a tough road ahead. We have a good team coming up this week and we just have to find ways to play more consistent football throughout the game."

The Saints are coming off a bye in Week 11. New Orleans has won two in a row and the team is a perfect 4-0 at home.

Quarterback DREW BREES leads the NFL with 3,326 passing yards, the most yards through the first 10 games of a season in NFL history. He has thrown a touchdown pass in 37 consecutive games, the second-longest streak all-time (Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS, 47 games). And he has completed at least 20 passes in an NFL-record 30 games in a row.

"This six-game stretch to end the season without a doubt becomes the race trying to put distance between you and the teams behind you," says Saints head coach SEAN PAYTON. "It's just as important to improve each week with your own team and challenge yourselves to be playing your best football toward the latter part of the year."

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