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Afternoon Giants News And Notes: Waiting Is The Hardest Part Edition

Here are a few late-afternoon links to some New York Giants-related articles to keep you occupied while you watch the clock in anticipation of Giants vs. New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.

Season-saving win would be playoff-making statement -

NEW ORLEANS — Yes, the primary goal is always to get into the tournament. The Giants, as much as any team in recent memory, can provide compelling testimony what can happen if you qualify for the playoffs.

Giants still control fate in the NFC East, but their recent play gives no one confidence they can win the division -

Yes, the Giants have control, although they certainly appear to be losing it. Momentum comes and goes in a season, and at the moment it’s nowhere in sight for a team riding a two-game losing streak and making yet another injury-induced lineup change for Monday night’s game at New Orleans. The Saints are 4-0 in the Superdome and have the potential to blow out anyone in their indoor playpen. After that, the undefeated Packers come to town, so it could be a two-game deficit in the division by the time the Giants head to Dallas for the first of two games against the Cowboys in the season’s final month.

This is a team that desperately needs something to go right. Instead, the Cowboys pulled off another rousing victory the same day the Giants’ starting left tackle, Will Beatty, was having surgery to repair a detached retina. The way things are deteriorating, you have to wonder if the Giants somehow all got to the dessert table too late to get that last piece of pecan pie.

"You guys make it seem like it’s so bleak,’’ said Kevin Boothe, who will move in as the starter at left guard as part of the domino effect of losing Beatty. "But we’re still in a very good position, we’re in for a fight and there’s no better place you’d rather be. The guys in this locker room know everything we want is in front of us. We’re not dead. As crazy as it sounds to some, we’re not dead.’’

Giants (6-4) At Saints (7-3): Scouting The Saints - SB Nation New York
The New York Giants are in the Big Easy tonight to face the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. The 6-4 Giants, clinging to their playoff lives, know that the task before them when they hit the field at the Mercedes Benz Superdome will be anything but easy.

Giants-Saints Monday night betting primer - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
NEW YORK GIANTS (6-4, 3-2 road) at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-3, 4-0 home) Time: 8:30pm ET (ESPN) Opening line: New... - National Football League news

Players ‘n’ issues to watch tonight
The Giants talked big all week. Antrel Rolle. Chris Canty. Justin Tuck. Diehl. They all talked about how angry they are, how they need to turn the season around. They need to deliver tonight. They Giants have every reason to be angry after last week’s loss. After all the talk of another collapse. They can end all of it — if they win.