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Tale of the Tape Breakdown

For Sunday’s Game, NFL Total Access’ Jamie Dukes and Rod Woodson break down each team and the facets that should give them their respective edge to win.

The Saints were awarded Offensive honors while the Giants were awarded Defensive honers… not all that surprising when you go strictly on reputation.


The Giants have a #1 Defense this year even battling several injuries to key players – Aaron Ross, Kenny Phillips, and Chris Canty to name a few.

However, if you look at the games they’ve played and analyze where the Giants have had success you’ll find Big Blue ain’t no slouch on offense.

Eli Manning is ranked #2 in passer rating above Drew Brees, he’s having a career year thus far heading into week 6. Steve Smith leads the NFL in reception yards and yards per game, and is among the top 2 in touchdowns (tied for lead) and first downs (2nd).

The Giants and Saints are both top 5 rushing threats with the Saints gaining 166 yards per game on the ground with the Giants trailing slightly with 160 yards per.

But in total offense the Giants edge out the Saints with 417 total yards to take the #2 total offense spot in the NFL behing the Colts… not too shabby. So perhaps unquestionably giving the Saints the nod at offense isn’t as clear cut as you would be led to believe by Total Access’ breakdown.

So realistically this is a very close matchup – the Giants Defense is really the only standout both qualitatively and quantitatively, and I think the stats show that offensively these two teams are very similar. All things considered if the Defense shows up in New Orleans this weekend in good form like they have been, the overall edge must go to the Giants.

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One Response to “Tale of the Tape Breakdown”

  1. Jason C. says:

    More idiots picking Brees over Manning, but fine, tons of uneducated people out there, but seriously Woodson, the Saints coaching staff is better than the Giants??

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