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The Saints won't pick up the fifth-year option on former Giants cornerback Eli Apple's contract, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Apple is set to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. 

Apple's option for 2020 would've been for $13.7 million, per ProFootballTalk.

The Giants traded Apple to New Orleans in October amid an awful season. He had two interceptions in 10 games with the Saints.

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Jan 2, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the second half at Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets won 126-121.Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 2, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the second half at Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets won 126-121.Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell had 22 points and 13 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets built up a big enough lead with a 73-point first half to withstand Anthony Davis' monstrous return to the lineup, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 126-121 on Wednesday night.

Davis finished with 34 points and a career-high 26 rebounds after a one-game absence, but there weren't enough rebounds to get in the first half, when the Nets opened a 24-point lead during their highest-scoring first half at home in 17 years.

Joe Harris added 21 points for the Nets, who had 105 points through three quarters, then got consecutive baskets by Harris when New Orleans trimmed the down to seven with under 5 minutes remaining.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley and guard Spencer Dinwiddie and center Jarrett Allen react in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley and guard Spencer Dinwiddie and center Jarrett Allen react in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Besides containing Davis if he plays, the Nets will attempt to return to their winning ways after a lost weekend in Charlotte and Milwaukee. Following a wild 134-132 double-overtime win over Charlotte, the Nets followed it up with a 13-point loss in Charlotte on Friday and a 129-115 loss in Milwaukee on Saturday in a game when they trailed by 26 in the third quarter.

The Nets rested D'Angelo Russell and reserve Ed Davis but lost Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to a strained groin in the first quarter. Hollis-Jefferson may sit out Wednesday but coach Kenny Atkinson said earlier this week that he did not think it was as bad as the left groin strain the forward sustained in a charity game in China in August.

"It's not a pull, it's not a tear, (it's) a strain. So that's good news," Atkinson said. "I can't give you a timetable, but it's not a huge, long process like he went through in the offseason. So I'd say the news is positive in that sense."

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Saints WR Michael Thomas is glad CB Eli Apple is out of the Big Apple and the "circus" that came with it.

After the Saints' 12-9 win over the Panthers on Monday Night Football, Thomas showed his teammate some love while taking a shot at the Giants.

"We had to get my boy up out of the Circus, and get him around his folks so he can flourish. Proud of you @eliapple_24 bro we not never going back! #WENOTUS"

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New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday secures a rebound against New York Knicks guard Trey Burke in the second half at Smoothie King Center. (Stephen Lew/USA TODAY Sports)
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday secures a rebound against New York Knicks guard Trey Burke in the second half at Smoothie King Center. (Stephen Lew/USA TODAY Sports)

A day after giving thanks for a surprising 117-109 win at Boston, a surprising victory that snapped a six-game losing streak, the New York Knicks welcome the New Orleans Pelicans to Madison Square Garden.

New York turned in a defensive effort that had been sorely lacking against the slumping Celtics, who have lost three straight to fall to 9-9. The Knicks, who allowed at least 115 points in each game during the six-game slide, held Boston to 39 percent shooting while leading by as many as 26.

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Drew Brees (9) Landon Collins (21) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Drew Brees (9) Landon Collins (21) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants couldn't contain the Saints' high-octane offense in their 33-19 loss at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night. 

New York had a great 60-yard opening drive that led to a touchdown caught by Sterling Shepard, who was the team's leading receiver with 10 receptions for 77 yards. However, that is all the offense the Giants would muster in the first half. 

The Giants' defense held the Saints to four field goals in the second quarter, leaving Drew Brees 0-for-4 in the red zone. But the second half was a different story.

Tags: Eli Manning, New Orleans Saints, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The New Orleans Saints (2-1) at the Giants (1-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 4:25 p.m.

THE WEATHER

A near-perfect day with lots of sun and temperatures in the low 70s. I'm sure as the sun goes down it'll feel a lot more chilly, but everyone should be comfy for a quarter or so.

WHAT IT MEANS

I guess it boils down to this: Are the Giants the offensive mess we saw in Week 1 and 2, or the coherent team we saw in Week 3? Because if they can score enough points to beat a team like the Saints (or, I suppose, stop them on defense) then the Giants will be .500 at the quarter pole of the season and will have a right to consider themselves an actual playoff contender. If they lose and fall to 1-3 … well, things will sure feel a lot worse...

Tags: Eli Manning, New Orleans Saints, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:01:04
Jeff Hornacek, Jarrett Jack, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. react to a 123-118 loss in OT to the Pelicans as a rough January continues.

The Knicks blew a 19-point second-half lead and lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 123-118 in overtime Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Jack, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, New Orleans Pelicans, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez
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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.

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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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Jan 20, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Justin Hamilton (41) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the first quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Jan 20, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Justin Hamilton (41) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the first quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece and the Brooklyn Nets ended an 11-game losing streak, routing the New Orleans Pelicans 143-114 on Friday night.

Caris Levert added 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Nets, who had seven players in double figures while beating their season high for points by 16.

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Jan 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Toronto Raptors during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Toronto Raptors during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets go on the road to play the Pelicans in New Orleans at 8 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Pelicans defeated the Nets 104-95 in Brooklyn on January 12. Brooklyn led by six points entering the fourth quarter, only to get outscored 31-16 in that final 12:00. That was New Orleans' sixth straight victory in this series, which is the franchise's longest-ever win streak against the Nets.
  • At 8-33 (.195), the Nets have their second-worst record through 41 games of any season in the franchise's NBA history; they went 3-38 (.073) through 41 games in 2009-10. Brooklyn has dropped its last 11 games, allowing 115.8 points per game during this skid.
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GEICO SportsNite: Rose no-shows 00:00:29
Knicks guard Derrick Rose did not show up to the game against the Pelicans at Madison Square Garden leading to concerns from the team.

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose left the team without permission for Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans to deal with what he told teammates as a family issue back in Chicago, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Rose's absence, which surprised several teammates and temporarily went unaccounted for, could possibly lead to a suspension and may have cost himself long-term job security with the Knicks, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek did not specify why Rose was not with the team for the Knicks' 110-96 loss, even after teammate Courtney Lee said Rose, who has played in 33 of 38 games this season, was at shootaround before the game, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. The Knicks' full statement during the game, according to Deadspin, was, "He's not with the team."

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, New Orleans Pelicans
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Will Knicks ever jell? 00:02:16
Daily News Live discusses the Knicks lack of team chemistry and inconsistent play so far this season.

Anthony Davis had 40 points and 18 rebounds before leaving with a left hip injury after a hard foul Monday night in the New Orleans Pelicans' 110-96 victory over the New York Knicks, who started the game without Derrick Rose and lost Carmelo Anthony to an ejection.

Rose was not with the team for unspecified reasons, and Anthony was back in the locker room late in the third quarter after getting thrown out for arguing with the officials.

Davis played only 29 minutes and also blocked three shots. He left the game when he was flagrantly fouled by Kyle O'Quinn, ejected for swinging his arm down hard on Davis, who was dribbling up the floor on a fast break and ended up being knocked into the front row of fans behind the baseline. >> Read more

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Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, New Orleans Pelicans
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Dec 30, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) dunks over New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 30, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) dunks over New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Davis had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans won their fourth straight game, 104-92 over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 13 rebounds, but couldn't prevent the Knicks from dropping their third straight.

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Dec 28, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls a rebound against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Knicks 102-98 in overtime. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 28, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls a rebound against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Knicks 102-98 in overtime. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans at 8 p.m. on Friday night. 

According to STATS...

  • This will be the first meeting between the Knicks and the Pelicans this season. New Orleans has held New York to fewer than 100 points in six straight games, but has gone just 3-3 in those contests.
  • The Knicks shot just 37.6 percent from the floor in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Hawks, falling to 0-9 on the season when they shoot 41.0 percent or worse in a game.
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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.

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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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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)

Carmelo Anthony says he was momentarily "shocked" when he felt someone grasping at his thigh as he stood near the top of the key in the final minute of the New York Kicks' game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

When he saw it was a young boy who'd somehow slipped through courtside security to give him a hug, his instinct was to react with an affectionate pat on the head.

"It was a little kid," Anthony said when explaining his friendly response. "I was shocked. I didn't really know who was it until I actually looked over and saw that it was a kid."

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward Alonzo Gee and guard Tim Frazier during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward Alonzo Gee and guard Tim Frazier during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)

Jrue Holiday scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a three-game slide with a 99-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

Returning from a two-game absence because of a toe injury on his left foot, Holiday took over a tight game in the final minutes, scoring six points during a 9-0 run that gave New Orleans a 93-85 lead.

The Pelicans won for the first time this season when scoring fewer than 100 points. New Orleans had been 0-33 in such games.

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Jose Calderon (Mike Dinovo/USA Today Sports Images)
Jose Calderon (Mike Dinovo/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks face the New Orleans Pelicans on the road Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Pelicans have held the Knicks to fewer than 100 points in each of their last five meetings. The only time New Orleans has kept New York to under 100 points in six straight contests was the first six matchups from Nov. 10, 2002 -- Feb. 11, 2004.
  • The Knicks scored 40 points in the third quarter of Saturday's loss to the Cavaliers, their third 40-point quarter of the season. However, the last time New York scored 40+ points in the third quarter was April 5, 2013 versus Milwaukee (42).
  • Toney Douglas has scored in doubles figures in seven consecutive games, tied for the second-longest streak of his career. Douglas' only longer streak of scoring 10+ points came in eight straight from April 12 -- Nov. 7, 2010 while with the Knicks.
  • Carmelo Anthony matched his season-high with five made three-pointers Saturday against Cleveland. Anthony has made multiple threes in six straight games, his longest streak since an eight-game run from Jan. 16-30, 2014.
  • Alonzo Gee put up a season-high 18 points in the loss to Toronto on Saturday. It marked the first time Gee had scored 15+ points in back-to-back games since April 5-7, 2013, which was also the last time he scored 18+ points (19 on April 7, 2013).
  • Jose Calderon had seven assists and no turnovers in the loss to Cleveland. Calderon has nine games on the year with at least five assists and zero turnovers, tied with Tony Parker for the most games in the NBA.
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Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown yells to his team during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown yells to his team during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USATSI)

The Brooklyn Nets face the New Orleans Pelicans on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • This will be the first meeting between these teams in 2015-16. The Pelicans have won the last three games in this series after the Nets had taken the previous three meetings.
  • With their win over Sacramento on Thursday, the Pelicans snapped their eight-game losing streak when playing without Anthony Davis (they had been 0-5 without him this season).
  • Norris Cole recorded his second double-double of the season (but his first career points/assists one) when he had 17 points and 10 assists against Sacramento on Thursday. He had just one double-double in his first four seasons.
  • Ryan Anderson tied his career-high for points in a game when he poured in 36 in Thursday's victory over Sacramento; he also had 36 points against Chicago, December 2, 2013. Anderson has now had 20+ points in each of his last three contests.
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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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The Nets (23-26) defeated the New Orleans Pelicans (22-28) Sunday night by a score of 93-81.

The Least You Should Know:

[sny-box]With all eyes on Anthony Davis, it was actually a young Nets center who stole the show tonight, as rookie Mason Plumlee had perhaps the best game of his career.

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Starters

.....Brooklyn Nets ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??New Orleans Pelicans
1Deron WilliamsBrian Roberts
2Shaun LivingstonEric Gordon
3Joe JohnsonAl-Farouq Aminu
4Paul PierceAnthony Davis
5Kevin GarnettAlexis Ajinca
The Good: The Nets are 14-11 at home this season, including an 8-2 record since the start of the calendar year...Brooklyn is 5-4 at home against Western Conference opponents this season...New Orleans has never won a game at the Barclays Center.

The Bad: The Pelicans are 7-3 over their last 10 games...New Orleans is 40-37 against the Nets in the all-time series between the two franchises...Brooklyn is 8-9 against the West overall this season...Anthony Davis is really good at basketball.

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Tonight, the Nets return home and look to get back in the win column when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Barclays Center.?The Nets have faced every team in the NBA at least once, with New Orleans being the only team they have yet to play.?It's the first of two meetings between the two teams.

The Pelicans enter tonight with a 22-27 record on the year, winners of two straight games. However, no two divisions in the NBA have a more dramatic difference in quality than the Nets' Atlantic division and the Pelicans' Southwest division.

At 22-26, the Nets are in second place, 3.0 games behind first-place Toronto, the only team in the Atlantic with a winning record. The Pelicans, with a virtually identical record to Brooklyn, are dead last in the Southwest. In fact, of the five Southwest division teams, the Pelicans are the only team that doesn't?have a winning record.

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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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Brook Lopez posterizes his twin last night in the Nets 108-98 win over New Orleans at the Barclays Center.

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdl2sdUhMxs&w=560&h=315]

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If you haven't seen it yet, New Orleans-based rappers, Freestyle Love Supreme, jammed to the tune of their beloved hometown hero, Eli Manning, on ESPN's?Sports Nation.

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HooxE8E7la4]

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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.

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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.

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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.?

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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.

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