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Vacchiano on Wilkerson, Petty 00:02:44
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano provides the latest on quarterback Bryce Petty and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.

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Bryce Petty has already been named the Jets starting quarterback for their game against the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.

Pencil him in for the start in the Jets' finale on New Year's Eve in New England, too.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

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Bryce Petty has now had five chances over the last 13 months to prove he can be the Jets' Quarterback of the Future.

He hasn't. And he's not.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Jets 00:03:08
The Football Night in New York crew break down the Jets ugly 23-0 loss to the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

After Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, second-string quarterback Bryce Petty said he feels "ready" to step up for New York's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

"I am going to give my heart and soul and prepare for this week for New Orleans," Petty said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "Whatever happens in the future, happens, but all I can do is worry about things I can control. Whether Josh plays, or whether he doesn't, I am going to go in there prepared and ready to lead this team."

Given McCown's injury is on his non-throwing hand, it is unclear if he will play during the team's final three games of the season. Head coach Todd Bowles said McCown will undergo further tests this week to evaluate his status for the rest of the season.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Denver Broncos, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

After Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, second-string quarterback Bryce Petty said he feels "ready" to step up for New York's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

"I am going to give my heart and soul and prepare for this week for New Orleans," Petty said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "Whatever happens in the future, happens, but all I can do is worry about things I can control. Whether Josh plays, or whether he doesn't, I am going to go in there prepared and ready to lead this team."

Given McCown's injury is on his non-throwing hand, it is unclear if he will play during the team's final three games of the season. Head coach Todd Bowles said McCown will undergo further tests this week to evaluate his status for the rest of the season.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Denver Broncos, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints
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Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

As much as the New York Giants wanted to clinch their first playoff berth since 2011 on the field in Philadelphia on Thursday, they know it doesn't really matter how they get in - just as long as they get in. And they can still get in four different ways this weekend, before they even have to think about playing their finale in Washington on Jan. 1.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano
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Can Giants win a playoff game? 00:02:53
The Daily News Live panel discusses if the Giants are good enough to win a playoff game on the road.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

Earlier this week, I gave you a long and complex look at the New York Giants' relatively simple playoff situation, which boils down to this: win and they're in, or hope they can avoid a three-way tie with the Lions and the Buccaneers.

The NFL made it even simpler. The Giants can clinch a playoff spot in Week 16 if any of these five things happen:

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Brad Wing (9) was the holder on Josh Brown's winning field goal in Sunday's game. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports) (Robert Deutsch)
Brad Wing (9) was the holder on Josh Brown's winning field goal in Sunday's game. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports) (Robert Deutsch)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Down on the field at MetLife Stadium, it sounded like there were nothing but cheers as Josh Brown's game-winning, 23-yard field goal sailed through the uprights as time expired. Everything felt back to normal for him.

He was a football hero, once again.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Josh Brown, Marshall Newhouse, New Orleans Saints, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Head coach Tom Coughlin (left) and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (Robert Deutsch/USATSI)
Head coach Tom Coughlin (left) and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (Robert Deutsch/USATSI)

With a disappointing 6-9 record and Tom Coughlin on the hot seat, the New York Giants could likely be seeking a new head coach after this season and the search will be conducted with a short list of candidates in mind. The favorites are their two coordinators, Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo, and current New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Payton is still under contract for another season, but may not be extended after this year and released. The Giants would certainly be interested should that happen. McAdoo was brought in last season, according to some, to be Coughlin's heir apparent. But after two seasons, many have begin to think that may not have the leadership and mettle to be a head coach.

CBSSports.com's Jason LaCanfora writes that the Saints will be reshuffling their front office this offseason and may let Payton walk. LaCanfora points out the Giants, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts as possible landing spots for Payton.

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Another brutal week for some teams in a Sunday that was packed with upsets and several close calls that resulted in late game finishes. The Detroit Lions were the biggest surprise of the weekend, as they forced three turnovers from the undefeated Chicago Bears in a win that ties them atop the NFC North. The Washington Redskins finally notched their first win of the season, while the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants all suffered losses. Last night, New Orleans hosted the Miami Dolphins and completed the rout that pushed them to 4-0; making a case that they will strongly compete for the NFC conference (the Saints meet the Seattle Seahawks in week 13 in a much anticipated matchup).? Here are my NFC Power Rankings for Week 4...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(4-0): Not much to say except that the Seahawks were handed?a gift on Sunday?against the Houston Texans.?What looked like their first loss of the season was anything but that. Down 20-3, the Seahawks were able to rally and beat the Texans in?overtime.?A key play;?CB Richard Sherman picked off?Texans QB Matt Schaub for a touchdown?in the?fourth quarter on a poorly thrown?ball and an even worse play call by Houston. Seattle has shown that it can win tight games and faces a tough test next week when they travel to Indianapolis to face?Andrew Luck and the Colts.?Seattle's 62-point score?differential speaks for itself; this team?can score and their defense is one?of the best in the NFL.??Ranking last week: 1

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Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, assigned to preside over the second round of player appeals in the "Bountygate" scandal involving the New Orleans Saints, has vacated the suspensions of the four players involved.

LB Jonathan Vilma, DL Anthony Hargrove, DL Will Smith and LB Scott Fujita have all had their suspensions vacated. Vilma was given a full-year suspension while the other players received less time. Vilma has played through his suspension pending appeal. He played here vs the Giants last Sunday.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora joins Kevin Corke to discuss Paul Tagliabue's decision to vacate all player discipline in the New Orleans Saints bounty case.

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The Giants gave themsleves some breathing room by opening the quarter with a Eli Manning-to-Victor Cruz TD connection to put the Blue up 42-27. It was Eli's 4th passing TD of the ballgame.

Scoring Summary

14:20: GIANTS: Victor Cruz 10 pass from Eli (Tynes kick)....Giants 42, Saints 27...Drive: 5 plays, 25 yards in 2:31

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Rain fell throughout the half. ?Ahmad Bradshaw returned to the game. The Giants took an eight-point lead into the tunnel, 21-13.

Scoring Summary

  • 9:47: SAINTS: Hartley 32 yard FG ....Giants 14, Saints 10....Drive: 14 plays, 81 yards in 5:44
  • 1:57: SAINTS: Hartley 25 yard FG ....Giants 14, Saints 13.....Drive:?8 plays, 67 yards in 4:06
  • 0:20: GIANTS: Hixon 5 pass from Eli....Giants 21, Saints 13.....Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards in 1:37

The Saints opened the quarter with a creative drive that kept the Giant defense off balance. With the defense guarding against the big play, Drew Brees picked away at the openings the Giants gave him. ?The Giants scored a moral victory by holding the Saints to three points after a 14-play, 81 yard drive.

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The Giants lead the Saints, 14-7, after one quarter at MetLife.

Scoring Summary:

9:38: SAINTS: Elbert Mack 73 yard INT return (Hartley kick)....Saints 7, Giants 0

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The Giants offense left more questions than answers Monday night in the nation's capital. Among the chief concerns, there were red-zone deficiencies.

Against the Saints -- the NFL's 30th-ranked defense entering today's action -- the Giants answered those questions .. at least for now .. with a 52-point outburst.

David Wilson starred in the role of hero Sunday afternoon, as a special teams ace and in his largest role at tailback so far this year.

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The Giants (7-5) host the New Orleans Saints (5-7) today at 4:25pm Eastern. The Giants are favored by 5. The O/U is 53.

What's at stake for New Orleans.....They lost their first four games this year after the league slammed them with sanctions as a result of the Bountygate scandal. With no GM, head coach or assistant head coach, the team wallowed through the first month. They went on to win five of their next six games before dropping games to San Francisco and Atlanta. They cannot win their division, but their wild card hopes are still alive as of today, albeit slim.

What's at stake for the Giants.....Last week's loss to Washington hurt this team's chances greatly, putting tons of pressure on them to win today. They fell into some bad habits against the Redskins: costly penalties, uninventive play calling, lousy field position and poor execution and tackling. They need to clean those areas up if they are going to make a run. WR Hakeem Nicks is not 100%, the offensive line is in flux again and S Kenny Phillips may not play. They hold a one-game lead in the East over Dallas and Washington. They basically need to sweep their remaining games to ensure a title.

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The Giants' defense faces another unenviable challenge this afternoon when Drew Brees brings his aerial show to MetLife Stadium. This matchup has given the Giants fits the past few seasons since Brees took over as Saints' QB.

In those three games, New Orleans defeated the Giants by scores of 30-7, 48-27 and 49-24. In each f those contests, the Giants found themselves flatfooted and out of place on defense while the offense sputtered in its attempt to keep up with Brees.

This time around, the Saints (5-7) are not the team they have been the past few seasons. Bountygate saw to that. Without head coach Sean Payton on the sidelines to shift gears for the offense, they have had some issues in both the play calling and time management.

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The New Orleans Saints (5-7) take their high-powered offense to New Jersey to play the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (7-5) in a clash between two 2011 NFC division winners.

Kickoff: 4:25pm Eastern

Site: MetLife Stadium

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The Saints don't really have a "go-to" RB, utilizing their personnel situationally each week depending on the opposition and the feel of the game. Mark Ingram, Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas have alternated carries while Darren Sproles, who missed a month due to a hand injury, serves as the receiving back.

Now, Ivory appears to have injured his hamstring and will not be in the mix when the Saints play the Giants tomorrow afternoon.

From Rotoworld.com:

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Regardless of the Giants problems, they are still 5-point favorites over the visiting Saints this Sunday. The over/under is 53. We will give our analysis shortly, but until then here are some outside opinions on this week's game.

From CBSSports.com...After a resurgent stretch, the Saints find themselves in desperation mode as they take on a Giants team looking to find their rhythm before the playoffs begin.

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Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has been an NFL coach for nearly 24 years. During the majority of that span, the late Jim Johnson, renowned for his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, served as the epitome of defensive coordinators in the league.

One of Johnson?s disciples, former Giants? defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, is now the defensive coordinator for the Saints ? the Giants opponent this weekend.

Gilbride said that he's seen this type of defense at least twice a year during his coaching tenure.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, coordinator corner, Drew Brees, jim johnson, Kevin Gilbride, New Orleans Saints, offense, offensive coordinator, Philadelphia, Editorial Aside, saints, Steve Spagnuolo
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FOXSports.com's Alex Marvez on the FOX Game of the Week between the Saints and Giants.

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Below is the latest injury report for the New Orleans Saints, the Giants opponent this Sunday.

OUT: CB Corey White (knee)

Did Not Participate in Practice: T Charles Brown (knee)

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Steve Spagnuolo has coached against Eli Manning ... a lot.

From 2004-06, he served as the Philadelphia Eagles' linebackers coach. In 2007, he became the Giants' defensive coordinator, where we won the Lombardi Trophy with Big Blue and coached against Manning every day.

Spags has remained in the NFC since 2009, when he took over as the St. Louis Rams' head coach, and this year, he'll be reacquainted with his former quarterback as the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator.

Tags: Eli Manning, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Steve Spagnuolo
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The Giants play the New Orleans Saints, a team they've played only 26 times since 1967, winning 14 but losing four of the six meetings since the millennium began. ?These teams and the cities they represent could not be anymore different. Sunday's game will finally see the Giants play the Saints outdoors in the cold rather than the comfy confines of the Superdome.

From Tom Coughlin's conference call with Saints media pool...

Is the green zone the 30-yard line??Green zone is what you call the red. The 30 (yard line) is the fringe.?

Tags: Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Giants-Saints, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants News
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In the conversation of elite quarterbacks, we always hear the names Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Earlier this season, Eli Manning?s name was included in the bunch, and usually Drew Brees? name is scattered in there, but only after the others.

But Brees? name should always be included in the list of elite quarterbacks and probably higher on the list. It?s not his fault that the Saints have had a bad defense in almost every year of his tenure.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, brees, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, elite quarterbacks, manning, New Orleans Saints, NY Giants, Editorial Aside
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RGIII Tops Brees in Superdome; Eagles Nip Browns

Anyone who had any doubts about Robert Griffin III's game translating to the NFL, can put them away. Griffin broke into the league today in banner fashion today, leading the Washington Redskins to 40-32 victory over future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

Griffin had an explosive debut, hitting on 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and 2 TDs. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner completed passes to eight different receiver, threw no INTs and gained 42 yards on the ground on 10 carries.

Tags: heisman trophy winner, New Orleans Saints, NFC, NFC East, NFL, robert griffin, Sports
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The NFL suspended four players today - LB Scott Fujita, DL Anthony Hargrove, DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma - for their roles in the now infamous BountyGate scandal.

Vilma is suspended for the entire 2012 season; Hargrove for eight games; Smith four and Fujita three. All are expected to appeal.

?It is the obligation of everyone, including the players on the field, to ensure that rules designed to promote player safety, fair play, and the integrity of the game are adhered to and effectively and consistently enforced,? Commissioner Roger Goodell said. ?Respect for the men that play the game starts with the way players conduct themselves with each other on the field.?

Tags: New Orleans Saints, NFL, NFL Rules
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Saints head coach Sean Payton will be suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season beginning April 16.


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Dr. Bill Chachkes is the Executive Editor/Managing Partner-Football Reporters Online and the Producer of Giants Rush Radio.

Loyalty: it's a word no one associates with professional football any longer. Today it's all about the "Dollar signs" ($$$). Usually when I read those I expect to pay more money for a meal in a restaraunt or for tickets to a show.? But with NFL player salaries going up constantly, the teams' rosters should have $$$'s next to each player's names.

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In an interview with Newsday's Bob Glauber, former Giants' head coach said that he would consider returning to the sidelines to coach the embattled New Orleans Saints if Sean Payton asks him.

"If this guy says to me, 'Bill, I need you to do this," Parcells told Glauber yesterday. "That's what friends are supposed to be for."

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As we had predicted, the NFL came down hard today on the New Orleans Saints over the bounty system implemented under former DC Gregg Williams.

Williams, who is currently the DC of the St. Louis Rams, has been suspended indefinitely by the league. His status will be reviewed at the end of this season.

Head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for the entire 2012 season without pay and GM MIckey Loomis drew an eight-game suspension.

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While every red-blooded American football fan is pooh-poohing the impending punishment for the participants in the infamous "Bounty-Gate" affair, judges and juries across the land await to see if the NFL is really serious about protecting it's players.

Commissioner Roger Goodell's actions, if too light, could open the league up to damaging lawsuits and fatal exposure. Lawsuits are the only thing outside of a meteor strike that could take down the high-flying NFL.

That is why Goodell must banish, or suspend indefinitely, Gregg Williams. He must also suspend and fine Saints' Head Coach Sean Payton, fine GM Mickey Loomis and slap the Saints in general with a hefty fine.

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As this ball of twine called "Bounty-Gate" unwinds (I could be the one who named this, BTW...how original) we are learning how widespread the "scandal" goes and to what extent.

Former Indianapolis Colts' head coach Tony Dungy is claiming Peyton Manning's neck woes began after he was viciously sacked by the Redskins in a 2006 game. The Redskins' defense was run back then by Gregg Williams, who is at the vortex of the NFL's investigation into violating the league's policy against bounties: rewarding players for injuring - or intending to injure - opposing players.

The Giants played Williams' Saints in Week 12 this season. Some are suggesting that the Giants may have been "bountied" in that game as several players were injured after getting hit excessively and illegally...

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The New Orleans Saints admitted today they had a "pay-for-performance" system in place for their defensive players in which bonuses were paid for several in-game feats. The program, which is against league rules, was administered by former DC Gregg Williams (who is now in the same capacity with the Rams) and has landed the 2009 Super Bowl champions on the hot seat.

The league found the Saints guilty of the infractions after a lengthy investigation and documented clearly to the letter that rules had been blatenly breached by the Saints:

The NFL has a longstanding rule prohibiting ?Non-Contract Bonuses.? Non-contract bonuses violate both the NFL Constitution and By-Laws and the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Clubs are advised every year of this rule in a memo from the commissioner. Citing Sections 9.1(C)(8), and 9.3(F) and (G) of the Constitution and By-Laws, the memo for the 2011 season stated:

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Former Giants' DC Stays Out of Philly, but Ends up With Another NFC Power

One look at this year?s NFC title game matchup demonstrates how the National Football League is anything but predictable.

The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, owners of the NFL?s best record (15-1) this season and the NFC?s top seed this year are missing from that game, as are the previous Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints, despite going 13-3 this year.

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Ted Berg speaks with John Fennelly of GiantsFootballBlog.com to recap Big Blue?s loss to the New Orleans Saints. One correction, the Giants surrendered 577 yards not 682. The latter is the all-time franchise high allowed in a 1943 vs Chicago.?

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Well, there is nothing like a 49-24 ass-whooping to send many into full meltdown mode. But after the Giants(6-5) were thoroughly embarrassed on national TV against the Saints(8-3) in a blowout of epic proportions, many fans will be at the end of their rope after this humiliating loss.

The Giants now have a short week to get prepared for the undefeated Green Bay Packers. The hits just keep on coming don?t they?

In this edition of the good, the bad and the ugly, we?ll skip the bad cause anything that went bad for the Giants was atrociously ugly.

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by Jon Wagner

It happened so fast and so frequently, that the New Orleans Saints? offense gave new meaning to the term ?bayou? ? as in blew ?by you,? or the whiplashed feeling that members of the New York Giants? defense had after watching a myriad of Saints weapons dash past them on the way to the end zone at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday night.

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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

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It doesn?t get more raucous and rowdy than having to go on the road to play at New Orleans in front of their rabid fanbase.

But that?s exactly what the Giants (6-4) have to do as they travel to the ?Big Easy? for a prime-time Monday night showdown with the always prolific New Orleans Saints (7-3).

With the Giants coming off two straight losses-with the loss to the Eagles last week particularly stinging-not many people are giving the Giants a shot here. And for good reason, as the Giants have been exploited on both sides of the ball in the last two weeks.

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The Giants and the Saints will meet on MNF tomorrow in a game both teams need to upgrade their postseason chances.

The Saints (7-3) are 7 1/2 point favorites. The over/under is 51.

The Giants lead the series, 14-11. The two teams have never met in the playoffs. NYG Head Coach Tom Coughlin is 2-3 against the Saints in his career (0-2 with the Giants). NO Head Coach Sean Payton is 2-0 against his former team. Payton was a Giants' assistant coach from 1999-2002 and served as OC under Jim Fassel.

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The New Orleans Saints (7-3) are currently 7-point favorites over the Giants (6-4) this Monday night. The over/under is 50 1/2.

The Saints and Giants have met 25 times, with New York holding a 14-11 advantage. The Saints have won the two contests played since Payton became head coach, including a 48-27 win at the Superdome on October 18, 2009.

Monday will be only the third time in the last ten contests between the two clubs that the game will be held at the Superdome. New York won three straight over the Saints from 1997-2001, the longest win streak for either team in the series, a streak which the Saints will be looking to match.

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I always find it refreshing to read what other writers around the country see when they look at the Giants. Mostly, they get it wrong. ?Many times they don't take into account the intangibles that are not detectable by the naked eye.

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.

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from James Varney of the Times-Picayune..

"The New York football Giants strutted to New Orleans in October 2009 undefeated and ready to be crowned the best team in football. Instead, they were embarrassed by a New Orleans Saints team that, events culminating in Super Bowl XLIV would prove, actually was the best team in football.

Giants quarterback and New Orleans native Eli Manning insisted Wednesday that 48-27 humiliation isn't at the forefront of his thinking this week as he prepares to return to his hometown for a Monday night showdown with the Saints. But he hasn't forgotten it, either..."

Tags: Eli Manning, Giants-Saints, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants Blogs

1. Drew Brees

You know the story; when playing the Saints, it all starts with Drew Brees. Like with Tom Brady three weeks ago and Aaron Rodgers next week (seriously, NFL? Why not have the Giants also face Joe Montana and Dan Marino in their prime?), the Giants' first goal must be to get pressure on Drew Brees.

Brees is not one of the easier quarterbacks to sack, as he is so often able to dump the ball off to one of his tight ends or running backs quickly enough to avoid pressure. The Giants' pass rush, which had been their strength earlier in the season, has only five sacks in their last three games. If they are going to have any chance at stopping the league's number one pass offense, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora are going to have to make sure their names are called early and often.

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Eli Going Back Home Where Brees is New Favorite Son

Two teams in the thick of the NFC playoff race will meet this coming Monday night. The Giants (6-4) are currently tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East while the New Orleans Saints enter Week 12 with a 7-3 record and a one-game lead on Atlanta in the NFC South.

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.?

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The team that many thought would steal TE Kevin Boss away from the Giants - the Oakland Raiders - is way over the salary cap at the moment and would have to get creative in order to fit him in.

Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News tweeted this today...

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Former Giants DE and Ring of Honor inductee George Martin was a key figure on the team's 1986 Super Bowl championship roster. ?He was front and center during the pre-ceremony media session at today's 25th reunion event at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus.

Martin played his entire 14-year career with the Giants (1975-88) and is most remembered for two plays involving Broncos' QB John Elway that occurred during the 1986 season.

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The Giants are planning to return to Albany for training camp should the lockout end somewhere in mid-July.

There had been doubts whether the team had ever intended to return, regardless of the labor situation. Recently, the team had displayed overtures of extending their deal with U of Albany, but the lockout has put a damper on almost every aspect of the team's future.

Camp is scheduled to begin July 30th and end before the students arrive in the third week of August.

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