The First Look: Giants vs. Saints

Posted Dec 5, 2012's Dan Salomone takes an early look at the Giants' Week 14 opponent

Opponent: New Orleans Saints

Record: 5-7 (2-4 Away)

Streak: Lost 2

Common opponents: Washington (L, 40-32); @ Carolina (L, 35-27); @ Green Bay (L, 28-7); @ Tampa Bay (W, 35-28); Philadelphia (W, 28-13); San Francisco (L, 31-21).

Last meeting: The Saints defeated the Giants, 49-24, in New Orleans on Monday Night Football in Week 12 of the 2011 regular season.

PTS/G: 26.8 (tied with NYG for 5th in NFL)

Opp. PTS/G: 27.3 (28th)

Passing: 294.2 (3rd)

Opp. Passing: 286.7 (30th)

Rushing: 92.3 (27th)

Opp. Rushing: 153.8 (32nd)

Giants-Saints Connections: Strength and Conditioning Coach Jerry Palmieri held the same position with the Saints during the 2003 season; Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Markus Paul held the same position, which was also his first NFL coaching position, with the Saints for two seasons (1998-99); Punter Steve Weatherford came into the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Saints, playing there for three seasons (2006-08); QB Eli Manning is the son of former Saints QB Archie Manning; RB Mark Ingram is the son of former Giants WR Mark Ingram Sr.; Head Coach Sean Payton spent four seasons with the Giants, one as the quarterbacks coach (1999) and three as the offensive coordinator (2000-02); Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo held the same position with the Giants for two seasons (2007-08).

Head Coach: Joe Vitt (Interim)

Back at headquarters in Metairie, La.: “That game is now behind us,” Vitt said Monday after the Saints’23-13 loss to Atlanta. “We’re putting it behind us and we’re going on to the next challenge, which is New York. We know they’re the defending champions and we have to continue to get better in that game too.”

*Stay tuned to for a full scouting report from Michael Eisen later in the week.

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