NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Giants' visit to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome presents an intriguing match-up with the Saints, not only because of all the home-grown and state-grown players who'll be returning to New Orleans and Louisiana.
The Saints' recent resurgence has been sparked by a defense and a special teams unit that have produced eight takeaways in three games. But the Giants lead the NFL with a plus-10 turnover differential. Their short-striking, quick-passing attack has permitted Eli Manning to throw 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He's been sacked just nine times.
Meanwhile, Drew Brees has thrown just eight touchdowns with only three going to wide receivers. And though he's been dropped 17 times, the Giant pass rush has produced just nine sacks - 31st in the NFL. Somewhat surprising given their ineffectual pass rush, the Giants have 11 interceptions. The Saints, conversely, have but four.
The home team would love to keep Mark Ingram and the ground game rolling as it did a week ago. They'll be pitting a ground attack that gained 183 yards and scored three touchdowns against the Colts against a Giants defense that surrendered 233 yards on the ground to the Cowboys last week - including 152 to Darren McFadden.
On the Saints' first kick-off, take note of whether Thomas Morestead has returned to that role. Anything short of a touchback could be trouble. The Giants are third in the NFL in kickoff return average. The dangerous Dwayne Harris won the game against the Cowboys with a 100-yard return for a touchdown, earning him NFC special teams player of the week honors for his efforts.
Both the Saints and the Giants played their worst games of the season in losses to the Eagles in Philadelphia - and neither has lost since.