New Orleans Saints (0-1) at New York Giants (1-0)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 18, 2016, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Giants -4 -- Over/Under: 52.5
The New Orleans Saints and New York Giants meet Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints hope for a bounce back performance after losing a heartbreaker to the Oakland Raiders. Drew Brees is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 423 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brees now has 11 touchdown passes in his last four games. Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks have combined for 315 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Michael Thomas has six receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 88 yards per contest, and Mark Ingram leads the way with 58 yards on 12 carries. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 35 points and 486 yards per game. Craig Robertson leads the Saints with 11 tackles, Kenny Vaccaro has one tackle for loss and James Laurinaitis has one pass deflection.
The New York Giants look for another quick win after barely escaping against the Dallas Cowboys. Eli Manning is completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 207 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Manning has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last five regular season games. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard have combined for 116 receiving yards and one touchdown while Victor Cruz has four receptions. The New York Giants ground game is averaging 113 yards per contest, and Rashad Jennings leads the way with 75 yards on 18 carries. Defensively, New York is allowing 19 points and 328 yards per game. Jonathan Casillas leads the Giants with 11 tackles, Damon Harrison has one tackle for loss and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has two pass deflections.
The Saints are 36-17-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 2. The Giants are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 2 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September. The Saints are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in New York.
The Saints still have defensive issues and there's a long history of Brees and New Orleans not playing nearly as well outside of its dome. The Giants have their offense back with Cruz on the field and the pass rush looked improved from a year ago. The Giants have to be the pick here at home against a Saints team that doesn't play consistent ball on the road.