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Giants Saints Game Preview

The 5-0 Giants are traveling to the Big Easy, to take on the 4-0 Saints in the first true test of the season. The Saints have a pretty potent offense, but the Giants have just as good of a defense. Should be a great game.

INJURIES:

GIANTS:

OUT: DT Chris Canty (calf); CB Aaron Ross (hamstring); and LB Michael Boley (knee).
DOUBTFUL: None
QUESTIONABLE: None
PROBABLE: Safety CC Brown (shoulder); RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle); LG Rich Seubert (shoulder); QB Eli Manning (foot); RB Danny Ware (elbow); TE Kevin Boss (ankle); LB Bryan Kehl (finger)

SAINTS:

OUT: WR Rod Harper (foot) – Placed on IR
DOUBTFUL: None
QUESTIONABLE: CB Malcolm Jenkins (ankle); CB Leigh Torrence (hamstring)
PROBABLE: G Jahri Evans (toe); CB Malcolm Jenkins (ankle); RB Pierre Thomas (hamstring);  RB Mike Bell (knee); OT Jermon Bushrod (knee/ankle) DT Kendrick Clancy (knee); TE Darnell Dinkins (foot); and LS Jason Kyle (knee/ankle)

OFFENSE:

The Saints have a pretty underrated defense, but it’s not one that will stonewall the Giants. After proving he was healthy, the Giants should use Eli and the passing game a lot this week, along with a clock control offense. Run the ball, set up the play action pass. I see a big game for Brandon Jacobs, as well as Kevin Boss, providing his ankle doesn’t give him trouble. The key to beating the Saints is keeping their offense off the field. A strong run game will do that. Look for them to run it, a lot. I’m also curious to see how Hakeem Nicks does. He’s emerging as the number 3 receiver, and he could get a lot of looks against New Orleans.

DEFENSE:

After a cakewalk last week, the Giants defense gets a real test here. The Saints have one of the most prolific in the league, led by Drew Brees. The last game they played was against the Jets, and they struggled, only winning because of plays on defense. How did the Jets stop them? By blitzing,  blitzing and blitzing some more. Getting in the face of Brees, making him uncomfortable, forcing bad decisions will be the key. I’m more inclined to letting the running game go wild, because I don’t think that that alone could beat the Giants. It should be a good test for the Giants, facing their first contender.

THE SAINTS:

For years, the Saints have been an offensive juggernaut, with little defense. Now? Their defense is starting to come around. I believe they could make it far in the playoffs. Drew Brees is one of the best QBs in the game. Marques Colston is one of the best receivers in the game. Reggie Bush is a good receiving back. There a lot of things to like on this team. But, the first time they played a good team (I’m excluding the Eagles without McNabb) was the Jets, and they didn’t play well.

PREDICTION:

This was a tough one for me to predict. If the Giants can slow down the Saints, they should be able to win. If they can’t, I’m not sure the Giants can win shootout. This is a potential NFC Championship game preview. Being on the road doesn’t help  the Giants. FINAL SCORE: Saints 28,  Giants 24

COVERAGE:

As always, GiantsGab has got you covered for the game. Follow our Twitter page, as we’ll be tweeting during the game. Check back at halftime for our feature “Halftime Thoughts”, where we break down the first half, and tell you what to expect in the second. Hang out after the game for all the post game info you need. GiantsGab is Giants Central!

REQUIRED READING:

Check out the good folks at SainsGab, for the latest on the Saints.

Our Roundtable Part 1 and Part 2

5 Keys to Beating the Saints

Corey Webster and Brandon Jacobs, BFFs

Ernie Palladino’s Scouting Report

Shockey Loves New Orleans

Danny Ware is Ready to Play


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