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Sunday, December 9, 2012
How you feeling? Giants-Saints

By Dan Graziano

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As the New York Giants prepare to host the New Orleans Saints at 4 :25 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium, here's one reason for Giants fans to feel good and one reason for concern.

Feeling good: Surely, you've heard tales of the Saints' 2012 defense, as friendly and accommodating a defense as any we've seen in the NFL in years. Their average yards per game allowed is 440.5, and it's actually gone down each of the past two weeks after it held the 49ers to 375 and the Falcons to 283. Prior to those two games, each and every team that faced the Saints this year rolled up at least 400 yards of total offense. They are terrible -- 30th against the pass and 32nd against the run. So whether you have Ahmad Bradshaw or Eli Manning or Victor Cruz or a banged-up Hakeem Nicks on your team, you can feel pretty good running your Giants out there in this week's fantasy playoff game.

Cause for concern: Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 4-0 in his career against the Giants with a 64.8 completion percentage, 1,055 passing yards, 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions. The average final score of those four games, one of which happened while Brees was playing for the San Diego Chargers in 2005, is 43.0-20.3. Not only have the Giants never beaten Brees, they've never been competitive in a game in which he was the opposing quarterback. Brees is coming off the worst game of his career, with five interceptions and no touchdown passes two Thursdays ago in Atlanta, and his league-record streak of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass is over. But the Giants have never been able to figure out how to stop him, and it's unlikely that "hope he's coming in cold" is going to be an effective strategy this time.