Brees looks to keep streaks alive vs Giants

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
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When the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants meet on Monday Night Football several streaks will be on the line:

• The Saints have won five straight Monday Night Football games, while the Giants have won their last three appearances on Monday night.

• The Saints have won four straight home games to start the season. New Orleans has started 5-0 at home only once, back in 2009 when it went on to win Super Bowl XLIV.

• Drew Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 37 straight games, the second-longest streak in NFL history.

• He has also completed 20 passes in an NFL-record 30 straight games.

The last time the Saints and Giants met, back in 2009, Drew Brees threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-27 Saints victory.

Expect more of that tonight as Drew Brees has torched the Giants in his career. Brees is 3-0 as a starter against New York, and has thrown seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in those games.

Drew Brees
Brees
Brees enters tonight's game with 3,326 passing yards, the most by any player through 10 team games in NFL history. He needs to throw for 302 yards against the Giants the set the record through 11 games, which is currently held by Tom Brady with 3,627 yards this season.

Brees has been so productive in large part to a new found weapon in tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham has been Drew Brees' most targeted receiver on throws 15 yards or more downfield. He is tied for the seventh-most receptions on such throws this season and leads all NFL tight ends.

Brees isn't the only quarterback in this game looking to keep streaks alive. Eli Manning needs 48 passing yards and two touchdown passes to give him 3,000 passing yards and 20 pass touchdowns for the seventh consecutive season. Drew Brees extended his streak earlier this year and has now done so in eight consecutive seasons.

Manning would be just the fifth player in NFL history to accomplish the feat, joining elite company including Brees and Eli's brother Peyton, who did so an NFL-record 13 straight seasons (1998-2010).

This game takes on more family importance for Eli Manning as he grew up in New Orleans watching his father Archie play for the Saints.

While this will be a nice homecoming for the Giants QB, the players to watch for New York are in the backfield, where the Giants have been struggling without injured RB Ahmad Bradshaw.

The Giants are averaging only 83.2 rushing yards per game, their fewest over a full season since 1945 (76.9 a game) nor has their per-carry average been this low since 1953 (2.64). The Giants rank in the bottom two in both rushing yards per game and yards per rush attempt.

In addition, the Giants haven't ranked next to last or worse in rush yards per game since 1953 (last with an 87.4-yard average) and they haven't ranked last in rush yards per attempt since 1975 (3.4).

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