If a team like the New Orleans Saints (7-3) or San Francisco 49ers (9-1) can protect the ball, score touchdowns in the red zone and win the battle of field position, each stands a reasonably good chance of surviving what promises to be a wintry afternoon Jan. 22 at Green Bay.
How in God’s name do the Giants think they will enter the ‘Dome and have a shot to even hallucinate the vision of defending Drew Brees? Eli Manning is having a nice year as the Giants quarterback, but tell me how New York will defend the Saints?
The Saints will host the Giants (6-4) and Lions (7-3) in consecutive weeks. If Brees comes out of those matchups having out-dueled Eli Manning and Matthew Stafford, there would be no question they’re not far behind the Packers. Considering Green Bay plays the Lions and Giants the next two weeks as well, we’ll have a much better measuring stick to see how far the projected NFC South champs can go.
The running game came up with a showing coach Tom Coughlin labeled “pathetic,’’ but help may not be immediately on the way. The Giants lost D.J. Ware to a concussion in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Eagles, and it does not sound as if Ahmad Bradshaw will be on the scene Monday night when the Giants face the Saints in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Saints are coming off their bye-week, but they still gained a little traction in the NFC South this weekend thanks to losses by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.
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