|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1||1-2||1-2||24.0||14.0||369.3||(5.8)||2.3||23.7||12.7||354.0||(6)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||26.7||15.3||20.9||27:52||22-92||(4.2)||25-41||61.9%||294||(7.2)||63-387||(6.1)||(14.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.7||11.2||19.5||30:52||26-110||(4.2)||22-35||62.0%||240||(6.9)||61-350||(5.7)||(15.4)|
|Offense Road Games||25.7||15.0||22.0||29:02||23-99||(4.2)||27-43||63.1%||316||(7.3)||67-415||(6.2)||(16.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.2||15.1||24.2||32:51||30-153||(5)||23-36||63.1%||287||(7.9)||67-441||(6.6)||(16.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.2||11.4||20.6||31:36||27-118||(4.3)||22-34||63.7%||243||(7.1)||61-361||(5.9)||(15.6)|
|Defense Road Games||27.5||17.3||24.5||30:58||30-148||(4.9)||22-34||63.6%||288||(8.4)||64-436||(6.8)||(15.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.3||0.2||1.6||-0.2||13-6||44.1%||1-0||54.5%||3-78||(27.4)||1-12||(8.2)||6-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.5||1.8||13-5||38.8%||1-0||47.2%||2-57||(23.6)||20-2||(9.1)||6-53|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.5||0.0||1.5||-0.3||14-6||47.6%||1-0||60.0%||2-60||(27.8)||1-19||(12.4)||6-51|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.7||1.4|| ||13-5||37.3%||1-1||53.3%||2-53||(22)||2-18||(9)||7-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||13-5||39.3%||1-0||46.7%||2-57||(23.2)||18-2||(8.6)||6-50|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.5||0.7||1.2|| ||11-4||35.3%||1-1||50.0%||2-55||(22.1)||1-14||(9.4)||5-38|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-2.1||1-2||0-3||22.3||16.7||366.0||(5.8)||1.3||19.3||12.3||320.7||(5.9)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||26.7||14.7||20.8||30:19||26-115||(4.4)||22-36||60.6%||256||(7.2)||62-371||(6)||(13.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.7||11.2||19.7||30:47||26-106||(4.1)||22-35||61.9%||238||(6.7)||61-344||(5.6)||(15.1)|
|Offense Home Games||30.7||16.8||22.3||29:40||25-116||(4.7)||21-36||60.3%||274||(7.7)||61-390||(6.4)||(12.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.2||10.7||19.2||29:41||26-122||(4.6)||20-32||63.1%||245||(7.5)||59-367||(6.2)||(18.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.2||11||20.2||31:43||27-120||(4.4)||22-34||63.4%||240||(7.1)||61-360||(5.9)||(15.5)|
|Defense Home Games||23.7||13.5||18.2||30:20||28-138||(5)||19-29||65.0%||239||(8.1)||57-377||(6.6)||(15.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.4||1.3||1.2||13-5||40.5%||1-0||71.4%||4-96||(23.9)||1-9||(6.6)||5-37|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.7||13-5||38.5%||1-0||49.6%||3-65||(23.4)||20-2||(9.5)||7-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.2||0.3||1.5||0.8||12-5||44.3%||1-0||75.0%||4-91||(21.8)||1-6||(6)||5-34|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.5||1.0||2.5|| ||12-5||39.3%||1-1||50.0%||5-113||(24.6)||2-23||(11.1)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.8||0.6||1.4|| ||13-5||38.1%||1-1||59.7%||3-60||(23.3)||22-2||(9.6)||7-60|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.3||1.0||2.3|| ||12-4||37.1%||1-1||66.7%||5-140||(27.9)||2-23||(10.8)||8-72|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ORLEANS 19.9, NY GIANTS 20.8|
|10/21/2012||@ TAMPA BAY||35-28||W||-1.5||W||49||O||26-81||27-37-377||1||25-98||24-42-415||0|
|12/9/2012||@ NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/14/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||26-3||W||7||W||46.5||U||37-149||15-28-193||0||17-80||23-37-234||3|
|12/9/2012||NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NEW ORLEANS: While this will be a trying year with head coach Sean Payton suspended, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. has been his right hand man running the offense for the past three seasons, calling plays while Payton was recovering from a broken leg last year. New Orleans will continue to use its versatile, three-headed running back monster with a series of different blocking schemes up front. Mark Ingram will likely lead them in carries again, most often serving as a second-half closer. Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles usually split carries in the first half, though Sproles is most often used as a receiver as opposed to a ball carrier. Ingram will take most of the red zone carries, though not exclusively. Carmichael came onto the staff as quarterbacks coach in 2006, the same year Drew Brees arrived. New Orleans will continue to use spread principles and will be fine with Brees running the show. TE Jimmy Graham and receiver Marques Colston are targets 1 and 1A for Brees, who is more comfortable throwing to receivers facing him. Because they use two backs often, slot receiver Lance Moore plays only about 50 percent of their snaps. Sproles is the main catch-and-run threat, getting screen passes and occasionally splitting wide. Thomas is used often in the screen game as well. And with Robert Meachem gone, Devery Henderson becomes the primary deep threat. Graham is the No. 1 target in the red zone but Sproles, despite his size, plays a big role on screens and swings, creating after the catch. There is not much to like about this defense, which ranked 30th in pass defense and is coming off a second straight season with a meager nine interceptions. Defensive leader LB Jonathan Vilma is suspended for bounty nonsense and the team's second-leading tackler from last season, LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, is now in St. Louis. They'll be replaced by Curtis Lofton, who takes over at middle linebacker after playing the same position for the Falcons last season, and David Hawthorne, who was a solid run-stopper at middle linebacker for Seattle in 2011 and will likely switch to the weak side. Safety Roman Harper often blitzed and played almost exclusively in the box under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and he will likely have a less aggressive role under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. |
|NY GIANTS: The Giants' run game is built primarily around man-on-man power blocking. The backfield has been shuffled a bit with the plodding Brandon Jacobs out and explosive rookie David Wilson in. But despite the fact that they burned a first-rounder on Wilson, Ahmad Bradshaw is still expected to handle the majority of the snaps. Bradshaw has become decent as a blocker and receiver, while Wilson has a long way to go in blitz pick-up. When they run near the goal line, Bradshaw will be the primary back, a role he spilt with Jacobs last season. D.J. Ware will pick up some passing down scraps, but will spend most of the game on the sidelines unless Bradshaw or Wilson gets hurt. The key players in offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride's complex passing game have meshed nicely. They might run a little less of their three-wide base this year with Mario Manningham out and rookie Rueben Randle in. Victor Cruz, who is effective inside and out, will slide to the slot when Randle is on the field, and Cruz will be Eli Manning's top target; Manning has always relied heavily on his slot guys. Hakeem Nicks is strictly on the perimeter as a big-play threat and will also be targeted frequently. Manning uses his tight ends as safety blankets, though new TE Martellus Bennett is more of an up-the-field threat with inconsistent hands. They'll run a handful of screens to all three backs, but Bradshaw is relied on for blitz pickup. Nicks was Manning's favorite red zone target a year ago, and he should be again in 2012. The Giants have nearly 100 sacks over the past two seasons, with stars Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck (when healthy) anchoring what's arguably the NFL's best defensive line. Pierre-Paul is the most athletic lineman in the league, able to rush the quarterback, tackle, bat down passes and force fumbles. Tuck, meanwhile, has vowed to be in the best shape of his life to start 2012, in an effort to prevent a second straight injury-marred campaign in which he saw limited snaps. Then there's Osi Umenyiora, who is usually good for about 10 sacks despite the fact that he's on the sidelines for many running downs. The secondary will get a boost from the return of cornerback Terrell Thomas, whose 21 passes defensed in 2010 ranked third in the NFL. Antrel Rolle played safety and some slot corner last year, but the return of Thomas, who tore his ACL last August, should allow Rolle to play more exclusively at his natural safety position in 2012. |
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*Saints-Giants Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
The New York Giants think they need to run the table in their final four regular-season games to win the NFC East.
The New Orleans Saints feel the same way about reaching the playoffs, and are drawing inspiration from the reigning Super Bowl champions.
The Giants could find their division lead completely gone with a loss Sunday at MetLife Stadium, while another defeat for the Saints will essentially end their fading postseason hopes.
New York (7-5) has dropped three of four, and has seen its 2 1/2 game lead in the East reduced to one ahead of Washington and Dallas.
Following Monday's 17-16 loss to the Redskins, another defeat would further complicate the race for the Giants, and their upcoming schedule isn't very friendly. After hosting the Saints (5-7), they visit Atlanta and Baltimore before welcoming Philadelphia in Week 17.
"I am looking at it one game at a time, knowing full well it's a four-game season and we have to win really every one of our games," coach Tom Coughlin said. "That's how I look at it. It's going to be win the games that are presented, the one that is right in front of you."
New York proved it could do that last year, winning three of its final four contests to finish 9-7, squeezing into the playoffs and going on to lift a fourth Lombardi Trophy.
That's not lost on the Saints, who likely need to sweep their final four games against New York, Tampa Bay, Dallas and Carolina to have a chance at a team-record fourth straight playoff berth.
"We saw what they did last year," cornerback Jabari Greer said. "We know that it's possible."
Not with the way New Orleans is playing lately.
The Saints followed a 31-21 loss to San Francisco on Nov. 25 with a 23-13 defeat at Atlanta four days later, and Drew Brees was the primary culprit in each defeat.
Brees had two interceptions returned for touchdowns against the 49ers, then set a career high with five picks against the Falcons while also mismanaging the clock at the end of the first half to cost New Orleans at least three points.
He had thrown 24 touchdowns with five interceptions over his eight games prior to the San Francisco loss.
"I understand the importance of taking care of the football," Brees said. "Certainly the last two weeks there have been an inordinate amount of turnovers. That's something that can't happen and something I have to fix.
"We're playing the defending world champs in their house, and the last three don't mean anything unless we win this one. The Giants have played in these types of games - playoff games before the playoffs. That's kind of the situation we're in."
Brees has been superb against the Giants, completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,055 yards with 11 touchdowns and no picks while being sacked once in four games - all wins. He tossed four scoring passes and racked up 363 yards while connecting on 24 of 38 passes in a 49-24 victory Nov. 28, 2011.
The Giants have failed to record a sack in two of their last three games, allowing opposing QBs to post a 106.4 rating with six touchdowns and one interception.
New York has also struggled to get off the field lately, allowing its past four opponents to convert 45.7 percent of their third downs after limiting their first eight opponents to 36.2 percent.
"They are a group that you absolutely want to be able to control the tempo of a game against and try to stay in the most favorable positions as possible as an offense," Brees said. "You get into a bunch of pass-only downs, third-and-long situations, that plays right into their hands and strengths."
New Orleans has rectified a running game that was averaging a league-worst 72.6 yards through October by picking up 119.8 yards per game on the ground over the past five contests. That success may continue since New York is surrendering 139.3 in its last four games - including 207 to Robert Griffin III and the Redskins on Monday.
"I don't think we have played dominant on a consistent basis," safety Antrel Rolle said. "I think we can definitely go out there and have a little more dog in our system. Attack a lot more, be more physical at the point of attack and make plays when the opportunity presents itself.
"We just need to go out there and have that same confidence in ourselves when we take the field, which we do. But we need to go out there and prove it. Talk is cheap."
Eli Manning is seeking consistency as three of his six touchdown passes over the past seven games came in a 38-10 home win over Green Bay in Week 12. He followed that up with a 4-yard TD toss to Martellus Bennett against the Redskins.
Manning put up 406 yards with two TDs and one INT while completing 33 of 47 passes in last year's meeting with the Saints.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 12:53:55 PM EST|