Giants, Saints Both Trying To Rebound From Losses
By: Willie Bee
Thursday, December 6, 2012
New Orleans Saints at New York Giants
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Date: 12/09/2012 at 4:25 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Giants -4½, O/U 53½
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New Orleans Saints: Postseason hopes took a hit last week for New Orleans (5-7 straight-up, 6-6 against the spread) with a 23-13 loss at Atlanta. The defeat was the second straight for the Saints, who were 3-point road 'dogs and also the second consecutive setback against the odds after dropping a 31-21 decision to the San Francisco 49ers at home the previous week, also as 3-point underdogs. Quarterback Drew Brees was intercepted five times in the loss to the Falcons (seven in the last two games) and saw his NFL record of games with at least one touchdown pass end at 54. New Orleans is 2-4 on the road, 3-3 vs. the spread, and 3-5 when facing NFC squads (4-4 ATS). Four of the Saints' last six games have stayed below the total after they began the season 5-1 "over." Their last two matchups against the Giants have gone past the total, but four of the last five played in East Rutherford have finished "under."
New York Giants: Coming off their 17-16 loss at the Redskins on Monday night, the Giants (7-5 SU, 5-6-1 ATS) need a win Sunday to ensure they stay at least one game ahead of Washington and Dallas in the NFC East title race. New York's third loss in four games was also the third point spread defeat in four games for Giants backers, who were giving up three points to the 'Skins. All four games in this stretch have stayed "under" the total. The Giants are 4-2 at MetLife Stadium this campaign, but they have covered just two of their six home tilts while four of the six failed to reach the total. The Giants have lost their last three meetings with the Saints, also failing to cover the spread in those matchups. New York is 5-2 at home vs. New Orleans since 1994, and four of the last five on this field have stayed below the scoreboard hurdle.
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