The Giants (6-4) travel to the Big Easy to play the 7-3 New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. New York has lost two straight and is attempting to avoid another second-half swoon under head coach Tom Coughlin. The Saints are coming off a week 11 bye following an impressive 26-23 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons on November 13.
Site: SuperDome, New Orleans
TV: ESPN Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworksi, Jon Gruden, Ed Werder (Field reporter)
Radio: WFAN 660AM Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross 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).
The Line: Saints by 7 1/2, O/U 51
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.
Giants RankingsOffense: 13th overall... Rushing: 83.2 (30th)...Passing: 281.4 (5th)
Defense: 21st overall... Rushing: 123.0 (21st)...Passing: 239.1 (17th)
Saints RankingsOffense: 1st overall...Rushing: 117.5 (12th)...Passing: 319.4 (1st)
Defense: 20th overall...Rushing: 121.5 (19th)...Passing: 239.9 (18th)
InjuriesGiants: OUT: WR Michael Clayton (knee-IR) OT Will Beatty (eye), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), LB Michael Boley (hamstring), DB Derrick Martin (hamstring); Questionable: WR Mario Manningham (knee) Probable: OT Kareem McKenzie (toe), DE Justin Tuck (ankle/shoulder), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee), RB D.J. Ware (concussion)
Saints: OUT: DE Turk McBride (ankle) Questionable: LB Jonathan Vilma (knee) Probable: CB Patrick Robinson (stomach), DE Cameron Jordan (hand)
Giants NotesQB 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…
Including 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 Manningham had TD catch in last game vs. NO…
Including 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 NotesHead coach Sean Payton was an assistant coach and also served as OC under Jim Fassel 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.