The Saints' #1 offense is getting lots of attention this week an rightfully so. Sean Payton's crew has taken NFL by storm, winning their first four contests while averging over 36 points per game.
What's getting lost is the fact that the Giants' offense (30 points ppg) has been nearly as productive. In fact, if they hadn't botched so many red zone opportunities, they'd be the league's best.
Drew Brees - the top contender for NFL MVP with Peyton Manning - has thrown for 9 TDs in four games. Eli Manning has tossed 10 TDs in the equivalent of four games.
The Saints average 248 yards passing per game. The Giants average 257.
Brees' completion percentage is 67.4. Eli's is 64.4, but don't forget he's had a few easy ones dropped.
Face it, America. Eli has arrived.
New Orleans is averaging 166 yards per game on the ground and 5 yds per carry. The Giants have two players over 300 yards already - Ahmad Bradshaw (375) and Brandon Jacobs (355). They are averaging 4.5 yards on the ground and 160 yards per game.
The Saints have many receiving options: Devery Henderson, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Jeremy Shockey, Robert Meacham and Reggie Bush. That aside they are only 12th in the NFL in yards per game (257) and 9th in yards per catch (11.9).
The Giants have an unheralded group that "experts" said would end up being their demise. They have been anything but. The Giants are 10th in the league in yards per game (262) and 4th in yards per catch (13.4).
You can thank the red zone failures for this. The Giants' Lawrence Tynes leads the NFL in scoring with 55 points. The Saints have been primarily using ex-Giant John Carney as their placekicker. He is 9th with 36 points, of which 18 of those are PATs.
The Giants' offensive line has been intact for the better part of four seasons and have two Pro Bowlers: G Chris Snee and C Shaun O'Hara. It is widely considered one of- if not the- best int he NFL.
The Saints' line does not get enough credit for their work. Led by RT Jon Stinchcomb, this is a lunchpail group that gets the job done, even in the face of a season-ending injury to Pro Bowl LT Jammal Brown.
These two teams are pretty close offensively, regardless of what experts are telling you.
It's ironic that this game will be probably decided by defense.....