The New York Giants have seen some lopsided battles when playing the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome. Their last two meetings resulted in losses by large margins, including a 48-27 drumming in 2009 and a 49-24 beating last season. The Giants are hoping that playing at home this Sunday will play to their advantage, putting a lopsided score in their favor.
The Saints have grown comfortable playing in their dome without the elements ever becoming a factor. Also, receivers are able to run crisper routes on the artificial turf as opposed to running on grass. These are all factors that benefit the Saints' pass happy offense. When the Saints meet the Giants at MetLife Stadium Sunday they won't have those luxuries.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin admits playing at home should be an advantage but it won't affect their gameplan.
"Hopefully, yes," Coughlin said. "You're not going to change nay of the skill set or anything of that nature, but it'll be nice to play them at our place."
New Orleans head coach Joe Vitt doesn't believe playing in bad weather will drastically affect his team's performance, as he told reporters.
"We’ve won big games on the road before. We’ve played in bad weather games,we’ve played in the snow in Cincinnati two years ago. I know that we lost a heartbreaker to Seattle in a playoff game and it was a bad weather game. We beat the Raiders three weeks ago in Oakland," he said.
What it comes down to for both team's is preparation. On top of whatever the forecast calls for, Joe Vitt has to prepare for a Giants offense that is looking to avenge their poor play last week, only posting sixteen points.
"To me it’s always about preparation. You go in there being a properly prepared football team and you’re ready physically, mentally and emotionally. Let the whistle blow and let’s see who the best team is but it’s all going to be about preparation and you can’t really worry about things you can’t control like the weather and the elements," Vitt said. "You prepare for them as best you can but right now we’re prepared for the Giants and we’ll see what the weather is."
The Giants will look for ways to pick apart a Saints defense that's ranked dead last, allowing 440.5 yards per game. But the Giants are very familiar with Saints' defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who held the same position for the G-men not too long ago. Coughlin has observed the Saints' defense over the last several weeks and believes they are better than the statistics show.
"I understand all of the discussions with the defense and their stats and all that stuff, but I will tell you they play hard," Coughlin said. "'They have good, talented people. They have definitely improved and they are a physical outfit and you can attribute that to the division they're in."
The Giants need to get a W against a Saints team that has had their number in their last few meetings.With the Redskins and Cowboys knocking at the door for the division lead, the Giants are looking at this game as a must win as the rest of their remaining schedule only gets more difficult. The Giants will still have to face a couple of the league's top teams in the Baltimore Ravens, and the Atlanta Falcons.
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