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
TV: FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver (field reporter)
Radio: WFAN 660AM and 101.9FM Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross (field reporter) Dial Global Radio: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 92 (NO), 86 (NYG) XM: 229 (NYG)
Weather: Mid-40’s, possible showers
The Line: Giants by 5, O/U 53
Referee: Jeff Triplette
Last Game: 11/28/11: Giants 24 at Saints 49. New Orleans QB Drew Brees passes for 363 yds & 4 TDs (2 to TE Jimmy Graham & 2 to WR Lance Moore) as Saints gain 577 total yards on MNF.
Last Game at Site: 12/24/06: Saints 30, Giants 7. New Orleans rookie RB Reggie Bush (126) & RB Deuce McAllister (108) each rush for 100 yards & TD as Saints defense holds Giants to 142 yards.
Streaks: Saints have won past 3 and 4 of past 5. Giants lead series 14-12.
Saints: OUT: CB Corey White (knee), T Charles Brown (knee) Doubtful: RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) Probable: S Isa Abdul-Quddus (concussion), DE Junior Galette (ankle), S Roman Harper (rib), DT Tom Johnson (back), CB Johnny Patrick (illness), WR Courtney Roby (hamstring), TE David Thomas (knee), DE Martez Wilson (toe), T Zach Strief (groin)
Giants: OUT: Out: TE Travis Beckum (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring) Doubtful: S Kenny Phillips (knee) Questionable: WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) Probable: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) C David Baas (shoulder), LB Chase Blackburn (ankle), LB Michael Boley (shoulder), WR Domenik Hixon (ankle), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back), LB Jacquian Williams (knee)
In career, QB Drew Brees is 4-0 vs. NYG with 11 TDs, 0 INTs & 122.1 rating. In past 2 meetings, has 8 TDs, 0 INTs & 143.8 rating. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with 360+ yards, 4+ TDs & 0 INTs…
In last meeting, RBs Mark Ingram & Pierre Thomas each had rush TD. Since 2011, RB Darren Sproles leads NFL RBs with 137 catches…
In last game vs. NYG, TE Jimmy Graham had 2 TDs. Incl. playoffs, has TD catch in 12 of past 16. Since 2010, Graham leads NFC TEs with 27 TDs (incl. playoffs). WR Marques Colston has 15 catches for 281 yards (93.7 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 meetings. Has 8 TDs in past 9. WR Lance Moore had 2 TDs in last meeting & aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with TD…
In 2 career meetings, S Roman Harper has sack, FF & FR. Since 2006, has 18.5 sacks, most by DB (incl. playoffs). DE Cameron Jordan leads team with career-high 7 sacks. Saints have 3 players with 90+ tackles: LB Curtis Lofton (101), S Malcolm Jenkins (94) & Harper (90)…
QB Eli Manning passed for 406 yards, 2 TDs & 101.9 rating in last meeting. In past 8 at home (incl. playoffs), has completed 176 of 279 (63.1 pct.) for 2,316 yards with 17 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 99.1 rating…
RB Ahmad Bradshaw had rush TD in last meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4 at home. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4 Dec/Jan games…
WR Victor Cruz had 9 catches for 157 yards (17.4 avg.) & 2 TDs (72, 4 yards) in last meeting. In past 3 Dec/Jan games, has 14 catches for 446 yards (148.7 per game; 31.9 avg.) & 2 TDs (99 & 74 yards). In 2 career meetings, WR Hakeem Nicks has 12 catches for 201 yards (100.5 per game) & TD. In past 6 games in Dec/Jan/Feb (incl. playoffs), has 38 catches for 563 yards (93.8 per game) & 5 TDs.
TE Martellus Bennett had career-high 82 yards last week (5 catches, TD)…
In past 13 at home, DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 10 sacks. S Stevie Brown leads NFL with 168 INT return yards, most by Giant since 1963 (Dick Lynch). Ties for NFL lead among safeties with 5 INTs. DE Justin Tuck has 3 sacks in past 3 at home.