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Behind Enemy Lines: New Orleans Saints

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LAST TIME OUT: Before their bye, the Saints beat NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons, 26-23, in overtime on John Kasay's field goal.
RECORD: 7-3, 4-0 home.
STREAK: Won 2.
HEAD COACH: Sean Payton, 6th year (60-36 overall).
GIANTS/SAINTS CONNECTIONS:
     - Saints head coach Sean Payton (Giants offensive coordinator from 2000-2002).
     - Giants strength and conditioning coach Jerry Palmieri (coached with the Saints in 2003).
     - Giants asst. strength and conditioning coach Marcus Paul (coached with the Saints from 1998-1999).
FRANCHISE VS. FRANCHISE: The Giants lead the series, 14-11. The two teams have never met in the playoffs. Head coach Tom Coughlin is 2-3 against the Saints in his career (0-2 with the Giants).
DID YOU KNOW: Drew Brees has thrown a TD in 37 straight games, second longest streak in NFL history.PASSING: 319.4 YDS/G (1st in NFL).
RUSHING: 117.5 (13th).
OPP. PASS: 239.9 (19th).
OPP. RUSH: 121.5 (15th).
PTS/G: 31.3 (2nd).
OPP. PTS/G: 22.8 (tied for 20th with the Giants).
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BACK IN METAIRIE, LOUISIANA: "I think your challenge during the course of the season is to try to weekly get to a point where you're playing as consistent and improving week-by-week in your preparation or really in your end result in how you play in games," *Payton said during the bye week."We hit a couple games there where the Tampa loss and the St. Louis loss were tough losses.  Nonetheless, to some degree I was excited with how we responded and bounced back.  We're 7-3 right now at this stretch.  The bye comes a little later for us.  I think the time away will be helpful.  I think this six-game stretch without a doubt becomes that race for each weekend trying to put distance between yourself and the teams behind you in regards to the division, and also just as importantly that race for improving each week with your own team and challenging yourselves to be playing your best football towards the latter part of the year."

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