Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans seems to have done his homework on the Saints' next opponent - the New York Giants. His scouting report hits nearly all the hot points....
"Although New York is tied for the lead in the NFC East at 6-4 (no longer), the Giants are somewhat restless, given consecutive defeats against the surprisingly stout 49ers and the puzzling Eagles.
Make no mistake: The Giants likely won't be looking past New Orleans. New York faces the undefeated Green Bay Packers next week, while quarterback Eli Manning tries to fend off the New York media's ceaseless questions about what's wrong with the Giants."
On the Giants' offense:
"The relationship Manning has in New York is much the same as it was for his father, Archie, in New Orleans -- alternately revered and reviled, depending upon individual and collective weekly performances. One week, Eli is the same beloved quarterback who led the Giants to a Super Bowl championship. The next, he's the one who's criticized for losing to an underachieving Philadelphia team..."
On the Giants' defense:
"Once the pride and backbone during the Giants' glory years, this season New York's defense is hovering in the bottom third of the league.... This season, the New York pass defense has given up 36 completions of 20 yards or more...the Giants, on paper at least, look to be a formidable challenge...New York's pass defense has been sporadic at best..."
On the Giants' special teams:
"Punter Steve Weatherford is familiar to Saints fans, having kicked here during the team's first march to the NFC title game in 2006 and through 2008. Weatherford's net average this season is 40.1 yards, against a 46.7 gross, and 16 of his 55 punts have been downed inside the 20-yard line....the Giants special teams have not allowed a touchdown this season..."