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New York Giants Looking to Capitalize on Home Field Advantage Against New Orleans Saints

December 6th, 2012 at 8:30 AM
By Casey Sherman

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.

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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."

This will be the first contest between these two teams at MetLife Stadium. The last time the Saints traveled to New Jersey for a game they left with a dominating 30-7 victory.

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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31 Responses to “New York Giants Looking to Capitalize on Home Field Advantage Against New Orleans Saints”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    I don’t care if we’re playing them in a phone booth or in the Sub-Saharan desert. We need a win. Bad.

    I have to ask a question of Dan and/or any of the others who are more familiar with the inner workings of the team than I. Is there a reason that the Giants are one of the very few teams in the league that don’t run crossing patterns in the Red Zone? So many of the good teams seem to run routes down there that use others to clear out an area for a receiver to cross into after a slight delay at the snap. I’m also curious whether the disaster against Seattle last season has caused the Giants to just take quick slants out of their playbook in the Red Zone? Both that clear out-crossing pattern and the slant are things that most teams use down there, but the Giants seem not to (preferring the fade and the pass to the back of the end zone). Any reason?

  2.  JimStoll says:

    JPP thinks the Giants’ D looks ‘soft’. But why? Because, he said, “we haven’t played …
    … our best game this year. I know, for a fact, we haven’t played that game. And as a defense, we have to make a statement. We haven’t made a statement ever since San Francisco … I’m lying, we did beat up on Green Bay quite a bit. Ever since then, we haven’t made a statement. We’re all not playing together. When you’re on a team, in a position like this, you have to play together as one. Otherwise, you’ll keep going downhill.”

    Ok. take JPP at his word: “We’re all not playing together.” the question is why?
    Why can’t Fewell build a cohesive unit that knows its assignments and plays accordingly?

    •  Levito says:

      Easy. It starts up front, and the D line is loaded with selfish players. We all know Osi sells out for sacks on almost every play. JPP bites on every fake and loses contain on the edges because he’s too busy trying to repeat his sack performance from last season. Tuck it too concerned about re-injuring his shoulder and what everyone else is up to. Canty and Landfull get no push up the middle and don’t seem to notice RBs and blockers getting past them. That leaves non-athletic guys like Blackburn and undersized guys like Boley taking on offensive linemen 5 yards downfield.

      If the D line would man up and realize that the defense as a whole stinks (bottom 3rd of the league in both pass and rush defense), and that sacks aren’t as important as actually making stops, maybe they’ll start to play together as a unit.

  3.  Krow says:

    My opinion on our Dead Zone troubles is that it all comes back to the running game.

    We’re somewhat effective running the ball between the 20s. Not great … middle of the pack. But we’re not a powerful, blow-you-off-the-LOS team. Once the field compresses our running game becomes a lot less effective. Undaunted we usually throw in a run … and it almost always fails.

    This effectively makes us a 3 down team … and that’s not going to cut it.

    •  JimStoll says:

      plus, without Brown, the only run we ever employ in the red zone is the somewhat predictable shotgun draw

    •  kinsho says:

      Passing the ball in the red zone is painful as well, given that linebackers and safeties have less territory to defend.

      We should seriously use Bennett more to find the end zone. It’d be kind of ironic too that we’d need to rely on a unicorn to find our way to a place that might as well be mythical to us at this point.

  4.  JimStoll says:

    Maybe still too early to tell, but JR’s last 2 drafts not looking too good

    2012 Draft

    1 David Wilson
    2 Rueben Randle
    3 Jayron Hosley
    4 Adrien Robinson
    4 Brandon Mosley
    6 Matt McCants
    7 Marcus Kuhn

    2011 Draft

    1 Prince Amukamara
    2 Marvin Austin
    3 Jerrel Jernigan
    4 James Brewer
    5 Greg Jones
    6A Tyler Sash
    6B Jacquian Williams
    7 Da’Rel Scott

    •  kinsho says:

      Still too early to test. Give the 2011 class one more year to prove themselves, though odds are slim that they will end up offering some significant value to the team. Austin hasn’t done anything noticeable. Jernigan has been a ghost. Brewer and Da’Rel Scott, to an extent, are still guys that need development. Sash and Williams have actually fared well. Amukamara is already the best corner on the team.

      •  JimStoll says:

        Yeah, I recognize it’s too early and I am hoping against hope that Wilson and Randal prove out, not to mention Hosely; but boy oh boy it has been a pretty lackluster group this year
        Jernigan and Austin have been super disappointments to date and there is nothing to indicate we should expect them to blossom
        Other than Prince, the last 2 drafts look very bleak right now

        •  GOAT56 says:

          I think a player like Jernigan is just in abad position. The position he is meant to play is just manned by a better player. I think if he was given the chance he would be a good player in the slot. But we just might never see it.

          Austin has been a disapointment but with this being his first full year of football in several years in still is too early with him. Next year we should get a better reading.

          Brewer is just an unknown. He good be a bust or a good starter we just don’t know. I think next year we will see because I see him being penciled in as the starter much like Beatty was last year.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      WAY too early to tell but I still think these drafts will look very good in retrospect.

      Prince is headed toward stardom. Brewer may become one of our starting tackles next season. Williams is a good player who needs a few more pounds and a lot more health.

      And I think EVERY ONE of the players drafter this past April could turn out to be players. Kuhn has already been a very pleasant surprise. Hosley cannot miss if his head is right. Randle has the talent but no rookie is going to do very well in this offensive system. Wilson is an enigma, but we have seen that the explosiveness is there. So far he has been disappointing, but Tiki Barber looked pretty unimpressive early in his career as well. We don’t know about Robinson (except that he has great athleticism and showed in preseason he can catch the ball). Mosley and McCants both played very well at big-time college programs and may be the sleepers of this draft.

      Too early to say very much, but I see many more positives than you seem to see.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        +1

        Just look at a player like Beatty as an example. He went from a “bust” to a quality pick just like that. Some players take a few years to develop. Brown is another example though his delay was due more to injury.

      •  JimStoll says:

        I would disagree about Tiki
        Tiki was great from the get-go, but was used as a third-down back only
        Fassel thought Dayne was going to be the guy and tried for 3 years to make him so until it was apparent he was a bust
        then Tiki took over
        and even though he fumbl;ed a fair amount, he was the guts of our offense from 98 onward

  5.  JimStoll says:

    More rookie bashing — this time from Weatherford

    Real interesting quote from P Steve Weatherford on ‘young guys’ needing to pick up their effort. “I think our …
    … effort has been great,” he said. “(But) as a group maybe everybody needs to spend a little more time here during the week. As the season goes on, people are getting more tired and there are more injuries. We have a lot of young guys on this team and I think maybe the older guys need to teach the younger guys that later in the season you need to spend a little more time studying film and taking care of your body because we plan on playing late into January. For the most part, we’re playing hard. The effort is there. The preparation is there. We’re just not as sharp as we need to be.”

  6.  demo3356 says:

    Cmon Stoll- everyone knows it takes 3 FULL YEARS to judge a draft class.. Remember we didnt get much out of Smith and Braddie in 2007 until very late in the season and into the playoffs. Wilson and Randle WILL be players in this league. Have patience.

    •  JimStoll says:

      I have said “too early to tell”
      but so far it is looking good
      esprcially for Jernigan and Austin

      •  demo3356 says:

        blah blah blah..Less than half of NFL picks amount to anything. JR’s draft record has been top 3 in the league since taking over so I have faith in most of these guys panning out.

  7.  demo3356 says:

    Been super busy with work and my baseball team so I haven’t been able to comment since the game, but I went from really liking RG3 to him becoming my new most hated player in the NFL. Dont get me wrong, he is a great kid and will be a great player in this league, but the way he is being slurped by the media and crowned the king of the world makes me sick. Guy led his team to 17 pts yet you would think he threw 7 TD’s and ran for 400 yds the way they were carrying on after the game about him.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Your presence would have been helpful on Tuesday. Some were acting like the season was over.

      •  demo3356 says:

        always dude. These Pu*ies lose their mind over EVERY single loss.. It is amazing how much more traffic and how many more posts you see from the AG’s after a loss than you do after a win..

  8.  demo3356 says:

    We are going to have a really hard time matching up with the Redskins moving forward due to our tiny front 7 being a horrible match for what they do. I think we may be one of the smallest front 7′s in the league and what the Redskins due with the zone blocking and read options, we arent built to stop it as currently constituted. Osi and Kiwi are smallish ends and Boley is one of the smallest LB’s in the league as is Williams. Massive 3/4′s like Pittsburg, Baltimore, San Fran, Houston or 4/3′s buit on Strong Line backer play can stop it, but not us. If I was the Giants I’d be looking at a massive DT and a few big backers in the draft or in FA.

    •  JimStoll says:

      agreed
      we had this discussion a bit yesterday
      will be interesting Sunday to see how Baltimore fares against the Skins

      as for RG, it is hard to bash the kid for low passing stats as they emphasize the run so heavily
      but you have to admit, he made our D look really bad
      we didn’t guess right on a single option all night
      every play action pass worked
      but for the fumble caused by Chase the score looks a lot worse
      I don’t think you’d hate RG quite so much if Gruden were not in the booth

      •  demo3356 says:

        Not just Gruden bro.. EVERY single ESPN employee had an RG3 Protein shake Monday night..

      •  demo3356 says:

        17 pts dude.. Had we not had penalties on EVERY single trip inside their 30 and on EVERY single kick or punt return we win by 2 TD’s. We shot ourselves in the foot all night with penalties and with lack of discipline on defense. Lost contain nearly 10 times. Everyone knows that the key to stopping option offenses are discipline and gap integrity. We had neither and gave up huge chunks

        •  Levito says:

          Butterfly effect. Had the Giants actually scored some real points, who knows what Washington’s offense would have done. They could have scored more points on the last drive, they just chose to get a couple of first downs (easily) and ended the game. You can’t just assume that if the offense scores more points, the defense would have held them to 17.

  9.  demo3356 says:

    The Giants should also start thinking about playing a 5 man front with the ends out wide next time they see RG3. That would keep RG 3 from breaking around the outside for huge chunks. I think LAndfill, Canty and Tuck in the Middle with Kiwi and JPP (2 most athletic guys) on the ends would really stop a lot of what they like to do and force him to beat you through the air. Look for teams to start doing this at some point.

  10.  JimStoll says:

    One interesting stat out of last week is time of possession
    first half:
    Giants 20:32, Redskins 9:28.
    second half:
    The Redskins 17:30, Giants 12:30

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