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Giants Saints Game Preview

It’s a Monday Night Party, as the Giants travel to the Big Easy to take on the Saints. This is a big game, with plenty of down the road playoff implications. Who comes out on top?

INJURIES:

NY Giants

Out: T Will Beatty (eye,back), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), LB Michael Boley (hamstring), S Derrick Martin (hamstring)

Questionable: WR Michael Clayton (knee), WR Mario Manningham (knee)

Probable: T Kareem McKenzie (toe), DE Justin Tuck (ankle, shoulder), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee), RB D.J. Ware (concussion)

New Orleans

Out: DE Turk McBride (ankle)

Questionable: LB Jonathan Vilma (knee)

Probable: DE Cameron Jordan (hand), CB Patrick Robinson (stomach)

OFFENSE:

A weird game for the offense last week, as the running game just did nothing, and the passing game had its moments. I think the Giants can pass on anyone, and the Saints are not necessarily a huge pass defense team. The run game has to get going. I know the Giants have been able to pass, but the Giants are built as a running team. That’s their identity; it’s always been their identity. With Bradshaw out, the onus falls on Jacobs. He’s not been good. He needs to step up. Will he? He says he wants his money. Now prove it. Can the Giants hold onto the ball, not drop passes? That will go a long way.

DEFENSE:

I’ll be frank: The Giants will not be able to stop Jimmy Graham. Even with Michael Boley, the Giants will not be able to stop Graham. But there’s no Boley so it becomes worse. Jimmy Graham is the type of guy who will provide matchup nightmares for the Giants LBs. Jaicquan Williams is a nice player, but Graham has height on Williams and, frankly, speed. Not to mention the other weapons on New Orleans. I really do not think that the Giants can stop this offense. Forget about the run game. The Brees to Graham connection will be on express.

THE SAINTS:

The Saints have to win to keep pace with the Falcons in the South division. The Saints, as always, are explosive on offense. It’s the defense that can be exploited, particularly if Vilma doesn’t play. Jake Ballard could end up being big. This game could be a shootout, which favors the Saints. In any shootout, making sure you don’t commit penalties, capitalizing in the red zone, that’s huge.

PREDICTION:

The Giants need a win. With Green Bay coming up, the Giants can’t afford a loss. Falling to 6-6 with games against the Jets and Dallas (twice) still remaning is a recipe for disaster. That said, I just think that the Saints offense is better than the Giants defense, and will provide matchup issues all night. FINAL SCORE: Saints 42, Giants 28

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!


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One Response to “Giants Saints Game Preview”

  1. rory says:

    in order to win this game, the giants must be absolutely flawless. tall order for a team that thrives on games winning fourth quarter drives.

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