Both teams have made a strong emphasis this week on the battle between the Saints’ offensive line and the Giants’ defensive line, the two units that likely will determine both teams’ fates for the remainder of the season.
There aren’t many teams that can lose their left tackle, plug in a guy who has started there most of the past four years, fill the hole at guard with a veteran who has been in the system for five seasons and also have the option of turning to a guard/tackle with three seasons of double-digit starts.
The Saints’ offensive line has been outstanding over the past two games, allowing zero sacks after their disastrous six-sack performance against the St. Louis Rams. They’ll have their hands full Monday night, though, against a New York Giants defense that entered this week tied for the NFL lead with 31 sacks.
Yesterday’s Thanksgiving slate of NFL games went pretty much as expected — the Packers beat the Lions, the Cowboys beat the Dolphins, and the Ravens took it to the 49ers — but the biggest play of the day didn’t have much to do with playing football.
The New Orleans Saints tried out former Miami Dolphins tight end Mickey Shuler, according to a league source. Shuler played collegiately at Penn State.