Week 16 Saints Giants Game Preview

This week the New Orleans Saints (6-7) play host to the New York Giants (4-9). The Giants are in the midst of a horrific downward spiral that almost certainly will cost Jim Fassel his job at seasons end. The Saints meanwhile have been unable to mount a serious bid for the playoffs, failing to seize an opportunity given to them by a faltering Carolina team recently. Both teams are essentially out of the playoff hunt and both are in desperate need of a victory.

Conference Rankings

Offense
Passing: New Orleans (7) New York (4)
Rushing: New Orleans (5) New York (12)
Scoring: New Orleans (7) New York (14)
Total: New Orleans (6) New York (8)

Defense
Passing: New Orleans (4) New York (15)
Rushing: New Orleans (14) New York (10)
Scoring: New Orleans (11) New York (9)
Total: New Orleans (10) New York (11)

When the Saints have the ball:

New York is horrible defensively this year. The Saints match up well with the Giants in both the running and the passing game. Given the Saints need to cut down on their amount of turnovers, and Aaron Brooks's rough week last week it make sense for the Saints to rely on Deuce McAlister. A heavy dose of McAlister will help negate the impact Michael Strahan, the Giants best defensive player, will have on the game.

When the Giants have the ball:

Running on the Saints can be done, the only question is can New York do it. They will be playing without Kerry Collins, Jesse Palmer will start instead, and the Saints will likely line up with 8 men in the box for most of the game. Amani Toomer, Ike Hilliard, and Tim Carter, the Giants best playmaker at WR in recent weeks, will need to have big games early in order to open up some running lanes for Tiki Barber. It's also important for Barber to hold on to the football, something he struggles with.

Prediction: Both teams were expected to be playoff contenders. Both teams have had terrible years. At this point in time both coaches are likely going to be fired so the teams are only playing for pride. New Orleans seems to be the more together team. They should win over a tough Giants team that will have problems moving the football. Saints 27-16.


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