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Giants vs. Saints: First look at Sunday’s matchup

Could we be in for a shootout between Drew Brees and Eli Manning?

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A shootout. That is what we have come to expect when the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints play each other. The last time the teams met, in 2016, was an aberration as the Giants eked out a 16-13 victory.

In four matchups prior to that dating back to 2009, one of the two teams always surpassed the 40-point mark, with the score twice getting into the 50s. The wildest was, of course, the Saints’ last-second 52-49 victory in 2015.

Will this one be another high-scoring affair?

Well, the Saints are second in the league in scoring at 34.7 points per game. Quarterback Drew Brees is completing an unbelievable 80.6 percent of his passes and is in the process of re-writing the NFL’s career passing record book.

The Giants haven’t scored 30 or more points in a game since the final game of Tom Coughlin’s career as the team’s coach — 37 games ago, including the playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Giants, though, played their best offensive football in a long, long time in Sunday’s 27-22 victory the Houston Texans, sparking optimism that the 30-point streak will soon fall.

Besides, neither of these defenses is exactly “shut-down” caliber. The Saints are giving up a league-worst 34.3 points per game, are last in the league in yards allowed per completion (14.6) and just lost starting cornerback Patrick Robinson to a broken ankle. The Giants are giving up just 20.7, but got gashed in the air by Houston’s Deshaun Watson for 385 passing yards and are 27th in yards allowed per completion at 12.0. That leaky pass defense is a concern with Brees on tap.

Stick with Big Blue View all week as we prep you for Sunday’s key game.

By the numbers

Odell Beckham

Odell Beckham Jr. has had a pretty good start to his career, just in case you hadn’t noticed.

Odell Receptions (50 Games)

Beckham, Odell 337
Beckham, Odell 337
Boldin, Anquan 314
Landry, Jarvis 307
Allen, Keenan 298
Jones, Julio 287
Note: All but Boldin are still active.

Odell Receiving Yards (50 Games)

Alworth, Lance 4,785
Alworth, Lance 4,785
Beckham, Odell 4,695
Jones, Julio 4,471
Moss, Randy 4,272
Rice, Jerry 4,164

Odell Touchdowns (50 Games)

Alworth, Lance 45
Alworth, Lance 45
Rice, Jerry 44
Moss, Randy 43
Gronkowski, Rob 42
Hayes, Bob 42
Beckham, Odell 38

Odell 100-Yards Receiving (50 Games)

Alworth, Lance 21
Alworth, Lance 21
Beckham, Odell 21
Jones, Julio 20
Moss, Randy 19
Hennigan, Charley 18
Hill, Harlon 18 18

Here is where he stands in Giants franchise record books.

Team stats

More numbers that matter

343Eli Manning (342) needs 1 touchdown pass to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (342) for 7th-most touchdown passes all-time.

6,326 — The number of passes completed by Drew Brees in his career, the most all-time for an NFL quarterback. Manning is No. 6 on that list with 4,505 completions.

80.6 Brees’ utterly ridiculous completion percentage thru three games.

418 — Passing yards needed by Brees (71,523) to surpass Peyton Manning (71,940) for most all-time. Brees is currently third behind Manning and Brett Favre (71,838).

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