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NFC South Week 12: Race for #1 remains tight with Saints and Falcons

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The battle for the top spot in the NFC South is close going into Week 12 as the New Orleans Saints will try to stay the leader during a primetime game on Monday night.

New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants:  After a week of rest and relaxation, the Saints (7-3) will need it when they face a fierce and hungry Giants (6-4) team that is battling for a spot in the playoffs.

The Saints are up in the air as to the status of linebacker Jonathan Vilma who is questionable for the game.  However, linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar has been filling in nicely for Vilma in his absence.

The Giants will be missing running back Ahmad Bradshaw for sure and linebacker Michael Boley is listed as doubtful.  While that is good for the Saints, their offensive line will still face a ferocious Giants defensive line who are racking up in sack numbers.

The Giants were stalled last week by the Philadelphia Eagles and have lost two straight.  Both the Giants and Saints know the importance of this game within the division.  Expect the the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to be rocking for this match up.

My pick for the winner:  New Orleans Saints

Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings:  The Falcons (6-4) refreshed themselves with a defeat against the Tennessee Titans last week and will want to continue against the Minnesota Vikings (2-8).