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Giants At Saints: First Look

Coming off a pair of disappointing losses and having lost sole possession of the lead in the NFC East New York Giants (6-4) need to get back on track in Week 12 of the NFL season. That will not be as easy task for New York as the Giants travel to face the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). The 7-3 Saints lead the NFC South, while the Giants are tied with the Dallas Cowboys.

New York quarterback ELli Mannning returns to his hometown and the site where his father, Archie, played quarterback for the Saints (1971-82).

"Obviously, we have to go win," said Manning. "That is always going to be the case since we have a tough road ahead. We have a good team coming up this week and we just have to find ways to play more consistent football throughout the game."

The Giants rushed for only 29 yards on 17 carries in a 17-10 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.

Quarterback Drew Brees leads the NFL with 3,326 passing yards, the most yards through the first 10 games of a season in NFL history. He has thrown a touchdown pass in 37 consecutive games, the second-longest streak all-time (Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas, 47 games). And he has completed at least 20 passes in an NFL-record 30 games in a row.

"This six-game stretch to end the season without a doubt becomes the race trying to put distance between you and the teams behind you," says Saints head coach Sean Payton. "It's just as important to improve each week with your own team and challenge yourselves to be playing your best football toward the latter part of the year."

New Orleans opens the week as 6.5-point favorites. See point spreads on all NFL games at SB Nation's NFL Odds page sponsored by Odds Shark.

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New York Giants - Game Averages

Pts Yrds Pass Rush
Off 22.8 364.6 (13th) 281.4 (5th) 83.2 (31st)
Def 22.8 362.1 (21st) 239.1 (18th) 123.0 (21st)


New Orleans Saints - Game Averages

Pts Yrds Pass Rush
Off 31.3 436.9 (1st) 319.4 (2nd) 117.5 (13th)
Def 22.8 361.4 (20th) 239.9 (19th) 121.5 (19th)