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Giants vs. Saints: What to watch on Sunday

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A few things to watch Sunday when the New York Giants host the New Orleans Saints.

A year ago the Giants had no answers for the Saints' offense
A year ago the Giants had no answers for the Saints' offense
Wesley Hitt

Here is a look at what to watch on Sunday when the New York Giants face the New Orleans Saints at Metlife Stadium.

Can the Giants slow the Saints' offense?

The last two times the teams played, New Orleans zipped through the Giants' defense like it wasn't even there. Last season the Saints laid a 49-24 beating on the Giants. In 2009, New Orleans dropped a similar 48-17 whooping on the Giants, who entered that game 5-0. That began a tailspin that saw the Giants end up 8-8 and missing the playoffs. That, in case you don't want to do the math, is 97 points in two games.

Drew Brees passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns in that game, and ran for another. Mark Ingram averaged 6.2 yards per carry and the Saints totaled 577 yards of offense. At one point in that game New Orleans got touchdowns on four straight possessions, including drives of 73, 80 and 88 yards.New Orleans had six drives in the game of 70 yards or more. So, yes, the defense was helpless.

Jason Pierre-Paul and his defensive teammates had better find their "dog mentality" and slow New Orleans enough to give the Giants' offense a chance to win the game.

Can the Giants' offense keep pace?

The Giants and Saints have scored an identical 321 points this season, so on paper you would think they can. The Saints statistically have the worst defense in the NFL and the Giants need to be able to take advantage of it. They need touchdowns, not the field goals they have settled for far too often this season, and they need better field position than they had Monday against Washington, never starting a drive past their own 24-yard line.

Former Giants' defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, now running the Saints' defense, apparently has that group improving. So, how the Giants' offense fares Sunday will be interesting.

Will David Wilson ever get more carries?

It seemed to be obvious that the rookie running back would get real work Monday against Washington, but that didn't happen. He got only four carries and gained only nine yards. When will Wilson get a full opportunity?

At this point, I can't help myself. Here you go.

I'm sorry Wilson! (via fightfor5)

The standings

The Giants have, unfortunately, played themselves into a position where they absolutely have to scoreboard watch and pay attention to how the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys are faring. The Redskins host the 9-3 Baltimore Ravens in a regional rivalry game Sunday at 1 p.m. The Cowboys travel to face the 7-5 Cincinnati Bengals, also at 1 p.m. Thus, the Giants will know when they hit the field whether either team will have a chance to pull into a first-place tie in the NFC East by Sunday evening.