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There’s no home like the Superdome

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Here’s what we learned during the Saints’ 49-24 beatdown of the Giants on Monday night:

1. No team has a bigger homefield advantage than the Saints. They are 5-0 at home and 3-3 on the road. The Saints have outscored their opponents 208-93 in the Superdome this year.

It’s not all about the Colts’ game inflating those numbers. The Saints convincingly beat the Bears at home. They beat a good Texans team. And they absolutely outclassed the Giants Monday night.

2. Drew Brees was surgical Monday night, making 363 yards and four scores look easy. He also ran for a score.

New York’s vaunted pass rush barely touched Brees all night. It’s been an up and down year for the Saints’ line, but this performance bodes well for the stretch run.

3. When the Saints offense is rolling, it’s just as dynamic and diverse as the Packers’ group. The backfield is deep. The receivers have complementary skill sets. They all have great experience in Sean Payton’s system without being too old. The line is talented and has settled some of their issues at tackle.

4. The Saints certainly have the better pass-catching tight end compared to Green Bay. Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 84 yards and two scores. He remains an absolute matchup nightmare.

5. New Orleans’ loss in St. Louis looms so large now. It is going to be very difficult for the Saints to get a playoff bye with three losses. The 49ers would have to lose two more times for the Saints to have a chance at a bye.  (San Francisco will hold all tiebreaks.)

The Saints may have the best homefield advantage in the league, but they’ll probably have to win two road games in order to get to the Super Bowl.

6. The Giants’ second half swoon isn’t “historical” yet, but things are looking grim. They have to prepare for the Packers on a short week. It feels like the Giants’ combination of injuries and known weaknesses (running game, back seven on defense) have caught up to them. This makes back-to-back demoralizing losses for New York.

7.  Eli Manning actually played very well. At one point he completed 21 straight passes, including some “wow” throws. He threw for 394 yards, two scores, and an interception.

He’s the main reason why I can’t give up on the Giants’ rallying for a playoff spot. They still have two games left against Dallas. Both the Bears and Lions have their own major issues in the wild card race.

8. The big winner in the NFC race this week: Atlanta. It’s hard to imagine the Falcons not making the playoffs with their remaining schedule.  Saints-Falcons looms as a monster Monday night game in Week 16.

It figures to be more competitive than this game; the Giants just aren’t in the Saints’ league right now.

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64 Responses to “There’s no home like the Superdome”
  1. trbowman says: Nov 29, 2011 12:07 AM

    Is it just me, or do the Giants drop a big turd every time they’re on primetime?

  2. jordan013091 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:09 AM

    Fire Coughlin.

  3. trbowman says: Nov 29, 2011 12:09 AM

    Free Chris Ivory. Should be a starter somewhere else, and he’s not even active on gamedays? For shame.

  4. gcsuk says: Nov 29, 2011 12:12 AM

    This season, the problems for the Giants just CAN’T be laid at the feet of Eli Manning. Considering how horrible the defense has looked at times (like, say, tonight), and how bad his receivers have looked at times (like, say, last week against Philly), he is really having a great season. Not just #s, but he really has become the unquestioned leader on the field.

    Just wish there was someone on defense that could become HALF the leader that Manning is.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:14 AM

    It’s not just you. The Giants have been AWFUL in night games since Parcells left. Doesn’t matter the coach.

  6. zaggs says: Nov 29, 2011 12:14 AM

    Giants need a full fledged elite receiver. Nicks aint getting it done. Still Eli joins Marino, Favre, Brady and brees to throw for 3000 yards and 20 TDs a season for 7 straight.

  7. icancountcanyou says: Nov 29, 2011 12:16 AM

    Yes trbowman, you are the only one to drop a turd in primetime. The Giants have won SB’s, they are fine.

  8. jaggedmark says: Nov 29, 2011 12:19 AM

    Then it’s a good thing for the Packers that playoff game will be at ice cold, windy, Lambeau

  9. trbowman says: Nov 29, 2011 12:20 AM

    “Giants need a full fledged elite receiver. Nicks aint getting it done. Still Eli joins Marino, Favre, Brady and brees to throw for 3000 yards and 20 TDs a season for 7 straight.”

    Nicks ain’t getting it done? What?

  10. dgstan says: Nov 29, 2011 12:20 AM

    Yes, we know you think the Texans are a good team. Enough already. Can we at least wait until the end of the regular season before you crown them?

  11. pbolyard says: Nov 29, 2011 12:22 AM

    I’m very worried as a Lions fan that they have to go to New Orleans and play a hot Saints team next Sunday. Lions got a shot but I think it’s going to be another win for the Saints

  12. trbowman says: Nov 29, 2011 12:23 AM

    People tried to tell me the same stuff about Arian Foster when I was touting him at Tennessee! Now they’re telling me the same stuff about Ivory, that he’s not good enough to be a starter. Nonsense.

    Always productive when he gets a shot.

  13. jayaredee says: Nov 29, 2011 12:28 AM

    Sorry to burst your Bubble but the Saints snapped a GIANTS 7 game winning streak on Monday Night Football. So much for being Turds on Primetime. Sunday nights maybe a different story.

    Yet this year they are 1 and 2 in Primetime with one game left against the Cowboys.

  14. buzzbissinger says: Nov 29, 2011 12:32 AM

    NFC East is yesterday’s news. Period. Eli Manning is a ‘Top 5′ QB in the NFC East, 5th behind Romo, Young, Vick then Grossman.

  15. packfaninvikeland says: Nov 29, 2011 12:34 AM

    I still see the Giants as a huuge trap game next week. I hope the packers keep winning just so we dont have to go to NO, I don’t think the packers can beat NO in the superdome. Thumbs down all you want. Rodgers has YET to play a full 4 qtrs in his career! Our d has YET to play a full 4 qtrs this season against GREAT competiton(Stafford is mediocre, so don’t give me that garbage). Packers better be ready man, I could care less if we go undefeated all season, as long as we go undefeated in the playoffs!

  16. dadeyemi says: Nov 29, 2011 12:34 AM

    the Giants do not need an elite wr. nicks is 23, Manningham is 24 and Cruz is 22. they have a top 5 to 7 receiving core and Eli just threw 400 yards to these guys. (minus Manningham who was for the game). none of these guys have reaches their peak yet. the giants need to draft an impact linebacker and a left guard/right tackle.

  17. johnnyshore says: Nov 29, 2011 12:37 AM

    Wait until the Saints meet an actual defense in the NFC playoffs. Nope, not the Packers…..I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with Finers.

  18. stahi says: Nov 29, 2011 12:39 AM

    Time for Antrel Rolle to say “We’d beat New Orleans 95 out of 100 times.”

  19. jayaredee says: Nov 29, 2011 12:44 AM

    my bad my bad my bad. I made a mistake and hit enter way to soon…….SOOOO MY BAD. The Giants DID NOT win 7 Monday Football games in a row before tonight. MY BAD

  20. Soulman45 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:45 AM

    Sunday night game will be great when
    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS beat the Saints
    by 14 or more.

    Thank You
    Soulman 45
    “Bet on it”

  21. mrconnors says: Nov 29, 2011 12:48 AM

    Manning is a doofus

  22. mattlion says: Nov 29, 2011 12:53 AM

    Actually, if Manningham is healthy, I think the giants have one of the best receiver groups in the league. Nicks is a force and Cruz is a great route runner. That defense looks slow when they aren’t getting a pass rush, though, and Brandon Jacobs is barely a memory. Without Bradshaw they probably should consider throwing it every down.

  23. headshot1189 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:56 AM

    Receivers ain’t the problem in NY. It’s the horrible defense. And Eli is play alright, but let’s be honest, he’s still not elite.

  24. xtb3 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:05 AM

    mara children spent next to no money on free agency the last 2 years because of their financial problem they themselves caused by building an un-needed new stadium. in fact in addition allowed many high salaried giants leave the roster and not replace any of them except by players earning at their minimum level.

    despite last years 10-6 record – fact is the giants only beat one single team all season who had an over .500 record – chicago on a night cutler got hurt in 1st half and never returned.

    this year with a 6-5 winning record the only win the giants have on an over .500 team is new england.

    time for giants to get a real gm not chris mara the owners son and his program trainer reese. time to clean out that o;d coaching staff, this is now a young man’s ga,me.

    another coughlin late season collapse. but this year mainly because the first half of the season was easy but coughlin still lost to washington, seattle and a depleted bad eagles team.

  25. norcalmafia says: Nov 29, 2011 1:07 AM

    1.Saints do look unstopable at home..but theyre going to have to travel in the playoffs and the odds are against them outside of that dome…

  26. cmb79 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:08 AM

    Not much to say. Even at full strength I think my guys would’ve had trouble. They’re likely losing Sunday, so the only hope I have is that they somehow sweep the final four. And that looks pretty bleak.

  27. minnesconsin says: Nov 29, 2011 1:10 AM

    4. The Saints certainly have the better pass-catching tight end compared to Green Bay. Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 84 yards and two scores. He remains an absolute matchup nightmare.
    ——-

    Graham is good, but it’s all about how he’s used. He’s the #1 target in that offense. He’s the go-to guy. That doesn’t mean he’s better than Jermichael Finley, it means he has more opportunities.

    But I do agree that Saints-Packers is a great matchup, as we saw in week #1. It’s looking more and more like the NFC championship game could be a repeat of the season opener matchup, which would be wild.

    Both offenses are absolutely stacked.

    QB, edge to Rodgers. Brees is great as well, but way too many pics this year — and Rodgers’ rushing threat tips the scale here as well.

    TE & WRs, its almost a wash. Both have great depth and skill with a variety of different types of players — guys who can go deep, slot guys, speed guys, possession guys, jump-ball guys, etc. It’s a pretty impressive group of 9 or 10 football players between these two teams. With a gun to my head I’d give the TE edge to the Saints (based solely on accomplishment this year, not on who I actually think is “better”), and the WR edge to the Packers.

    RBs you have to give the edge to New Orleans here. That’s a heck of a backfield. The thing is, I don’t know that it matters. They can only play 1 or 2 at a time, and they’re as pass-happy as Green Bay is.

    I don’t know enough about the Saints’ offensive line to even hazard a guess there.

    As maligned as GB’s defense has been, they make the big plays with their backs up against the wall and remain the only unbeaten defensive unit in the league. that counts for something.

    ST edge goes to GB. Crosby’s only missed once this year and New Orleans is on their second kicker of the year.

  28. chrishousand says: Nov 29, 2011 1:39 AM

    Thats a lie. Have you seen Jermichael Finley when they use him? Has Jimmy Graham ever scored 3 TDs in one game? Um No. When Finley is used he is a much better TE and blocks way better. The difference is they just dont use him. Did you see what JMike did last year when they used him? ignorance…

  29. pnut87 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:41 AM

    On offense, the Giants need to re-establish their running game. Their philosophy has always been a smash mouth running attack. That starts with the offensive line. They need to start drafting OL for the future. They need to start taking them higher in the draft this year. And get a new running back. Jacobs is all but finished, and Bradshaw has trouble staying healthy. They don’t need an elite receiver like was suggested earlier, when they have four or five guys that can be good receivers and be consistent targets. Look at the Saints, who’s the elite number 1 WR on that team? On defense, I don’t know how much you can legitimately say there. Injuries has flat out decimated them. I don’t know if it’s a training thing or something else, but they need to pinpoint it and fix it. And look at quality linebackers in the future. Finally, I don’t care who you are, you can’t legitimately say Eli is a bad QB anymore. His numbers alone speak for himself. At this point, he’s an elite QB on a bad team. If you watched even a few of the Giants game this year, you’d know that Eli isn’t even close to any of the problems with this team.

  30. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 29, 2011 1:42 AM

    And theres no place like home to watch the playoffs….

    You feeling me Giants?

  31. stercuilus65 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:17 AM

    “Eli Manning actually played very well. At one point he completed 21 straight passes”
    ————–
    Yeah those came during garbage time throwing 7 yard passes to guys wide open under a very soft deep Saints zone as did most of his good numbers.
    When the game was winnable nobody, including Eli, was getting the job done.

  32. vincentbojackson says: Nov 29, 2011 2:28 AM

    Can’t remember seeing a defense quit like the Giants did tonight. The front four weren’t even coming off the ball full speed in the second half. Totally pathetic and embarrassing defensive effort.

    Even the Colts defense gives you four quarters of effort.

  33. bobhk says: Nov 29, 2011 2:28 AM

    With the games against 49ers, Saints, and Packers, they should have done whatever it takes to win the games against the Eagles. Instead they bombed out.
    Losses against the previous three (assuming a probably loss against packers) was not surprising. They needed to take care of business against the Feables.

  34. raqaiw says: Nov 29, 2011 2:56 AM

    No one has a bigger home field advantage than the Saints? How about the 17-1 in the last 18 home games for the Ravens? Didn’t the Buccs just beat the Saints last year in the dome? Bad “reporting”.

  35. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 29, 2011 3:14 AM

    Giants need some running game desperately… their D is doing good… even in the loss to eagles they did ok…
    obviously passing game and pass defense is their strength (not tonite)…

    They have had a tough stretch… pats… 9ers… sheagles and saints… its not going to get easier with packers, dallas (twice) and jets left… only redskins game can be classified as a relatively easy game…

    it will come down to 2 games against dallas…
    i am a cowboy fan and i am worried about another meltdown in dec…

  36. goawayeverybody says: Nov 29, 2011 3:39 AM

    The Falcons could theoretically lose all their remaining games. They face the top-ranked defense next week. Then they play in Carolina – not exactly a pushover – then they face the top 5 defense of the Jaguars, then the Bucs who always give them trouble, then they have to play in the Superdome.

    Odds are, the Falcons will go 10-6 and make the playoffs but they could just as easily go 9-7 or worse.

    Here’s hoping it’s worse. :)

  37. BlackAndGoldAllDay says: Nov 29, 2011 3:59 AM

    Saints are looking a lot like the 2009 Super Bowl Saints lately. Especially tonight. Props to the offensive line. Watch your back, Packers.

  38. championshipbeltmove says: Nov 29, 2011 4:56 AM

    Are the Giants just not that good? I know the Saints are really good and credit goes to them tonight! Brees is simply money. As a Packer fan, I do not want to see them in the playoffs. However, the Saints playing in Green Bay weather come January that should significantly slow down that offense. But GB has to play in the same weather as well and both teams have finesse passing games. I think GB is just a little better suited for it cuz they have the experience playing in that weather, and Rodgers and McCarthy. That does not make me feel any better playing the Saints, assuming these two meet in the playoffs

  39. blueandsilver9 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:12 AM

    I think the Lions have a shot to beat the Saints next Sunday Night. The Lions have had 4 extra days to rest/prepare and have heard nothing but sh*t talked on them since Thanksgiving and will likely be playing with a chip on their shoulder. Still don’t have full injury news on Delmas or Houston yet and that would make a big difference.

    If the Lions are a playoff team they win this game. If not, they don’t deserve it.

  40. hahahadannywatkins says: Nov 29, 2011 5:56 AM

    @zaggs
    Ya kno what man, excellent info sir! I did not kno that stat. Gotta give Eli a helluva lotta credit for achieving that… and I bleed Philly green. He’s noticeably having his best yr.

  41. 28for20 says: Nov 29, 2011 6:02 AM

    With the season winding down, it’s starting to apear that the NFC playoff teams may be the Seahawks, Cowboys, Saints, Lions, Bears and possibly the Packers. Dont think at this point that anyone can beat out the Packers for a trip to the SB. Still don’t think GB will go unbeaten though.

  42. butteredsanta says: Nov 29, 2011 6:05 AM

    Eli needs a plate of bananas foster mashed into his scalp

  43. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Nov 29, 2011 6:11 AM

    Why does justin Tuck have a face mask with a thousand bars when he don’t make any plays ! He could get away this year without wearing a helmet or shoulder pads at all !

  44. baldingerspinky says: Nov 29, 2011 6:21 AM

    Coughlin coached giants teams historically collapse after good starts. The cowboys win the division on the luck that the giants fold and Philly not gelling as a team. Can’t wait for Dallas to get lit up and booted in the first round.

  45. sixburgbaby says: Nov 29, 2011 6:30 AM

    Go big BLEW!!!!

  46. orangeflh says: Nov 29, 2011 6:59 AM

    “3. When the Saints offense is rolling, it’s just as dynamic and diverse as the Packers’ group.

    4. The Saints certainly have the better pass-catching tight end compared to Green Bay.”

    No and no. It was a nice win over a Jekyll & Hyde Giants team, but they’re not as deep or as talented as the Packers.

    What you should have said was that “When the Saints offense is rolling, they’re just about as good as the Packers offense on a mediocre day.”

    And I’ll take Finley over Graham any day. Finley doesn’t get nearly as many opportunities as Graham does due to the Pack’s extraordinary depth.

  47. 8man says: Nov 29, 2011 7:00 AM

    Do you hear that hissing sound? It’s the air leaving the Giants balloon. A mere three weeks ago they were 6-2, had beaten the Patriots and were on their way to a division title.

    Next up for the G-men, the Packers. Uh, they are going to be 6-6. And late in December comes the clash with the Jets. The loser, more than likely, to be eliminated from the playoffs. Oh, anguish in the Meadow Lands!

    Ha! Blood in the streets of New York. It’s like knowing when and where a train wreck is happening.

  48. tombrookshire says: Nov 29, 2011 7:00 AM

    G-men dominated a week ago by the Eagles, who show up on alternate weeks, with their own glaring weaknesses. Wondering if this season is the one where Coughlin goes bye bye. Doesn’t really seem fair since Coughlin doesn’t pass, kick and tackle, but his act is played in the Apple.

  49. ravenator says: Nov 29, 2011 7:13 AM

    Actually the Ravens are better at home than the Saints. Winners of 15 of their last 16 at the Bank, you cannot say the same about the Superdome.

  50. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 29, 2011 7:15 AM

    “No team has a bigger homefield advantage than the Saints.” 5-0 at home? So are the Packers including a win over the Saints.

    The Packers also have over a hundred points differential in their home games.

    Try some research Mr. Rosenthal before going overboard in praise of an indoor football team.

  51. purnellmeagrejr says: Nov 29, 2011 7:20 AM

    sports writers should be charged for using certain words – “awesome” should be about five bucks, “epic” around $7.50 and “historic” THAT is what I would have to consider a ten dollar word.

  52. cowboycjn says: Nov 29, 2011 8:06 AM

    It was one of those good games for the Saints. Some games – looks like nothing goes right, then like this one, things just click in place making it look so easy. Glad they had a good game on a Monday night when the whole country could see them perform. Hope they can pull off that type of game again next week aganist the Lions.

  53. angelosdraftboard says: Nov 29, 2011 8:07 AM

    Who cares. As was proven over the last few years this team, like most dome teams, is useless playing outdoors in the post season. Does anyone with a brain think this team can go into Green Bay in January and score 40 points ?? Pleeeeeez. They couldn’t even beat the effing Seahawks on the road last year. Enjoy your showboating at home Drew. It’s all coming to a crushing conclusion shortly. Q: Who Dat ? A: Any home opponent who doesnt play football under a roof.

  54. iamwhodat says: Nov 29, 2011 8:25 AM

    I smell fear coming from Green Bay… Last year Seahawks game was a total defensive meltdown from a D that was ranked in the top 5 last year. When the Saints are clicking their hard to beat. Green Bay fears us b/c they know we are the only team in the league that can go point for point with them.

  55. angelosdraftboard says: Nov 29, 2011 8:43 AM

    Who cares. As was proven over the last few years this team, like most dome teams, is useless playing outdoors in the post season. Does anyone with a brain think this team can go into Green Bay in January and score 40 points ?? Pleeeeeez. They couldn’t even beat the effing Seahawks on the road last year. Enjoy your showboating at home Drew. It’s all coming to a crushing conclusion shortly. Q: Who Dat ? A: Any home opponent who doesnt play football under a roof.

  56. gpack22 says: Nov 29, 2011 10:12 AM

    The Saints had their best chance of beating the Pack at Lambeau in September on a beautiful summer night. Very slim chance that Dome Team goes to GB in January and pulls the upset. The Pack will have played 3 of their last 4 in the cold and will be primed. History (see Seattle) will replay itself.

    But hey, for what its worth, I think Graham is the better TE. Finley has taken a step back this yr with drops ( at 3 in last 2 games alone) and stupid false start penalties. He’s an enormous talent but lacks a lot between the ears, both on and off the field.

  57. snarkzilla says: Nov 29, 2011 10:14 AM

    > I don’t think the packers can beat NO in the superdome.

    Different context, but that’s what the experts said prior to the blowout in the Georgia Dome 10 months ago.

  58. unbreakable02215 says: Nov 29, 2011 10:34 AM

    2 words. Dome Team.

  59. bikerhal says: Nov 29, 2011 10:34 AM

    @angelosdraftboard

    Gee Dude, why so much hate, or is it just what Minnesota fans say about Packer fans true?

    Yeah, you have a good point about cold weather teams being more acclimated, but why diss a good team in the Saints? Jealousy? GB is a great team and likely to win it all again, but why diss another talented group of players just because they play in the South. Weather is a reason the SBs have always been played in the warmer climes, to give both teams an even chance of winning. Denver takes advantage of the higher elevations, and you better be glad NO has a dome. Youse guys would probably pass out from the heat and humidity in September!

  60. bullwnkl985 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:28 AM

    Everyone keeps commenting about how the Saints would stand no chance against the Pack in a cold weather game in GB…. Yes they would have an advantage of being used to the cold temps and playing outdoors, but I actually think the Saints may have a good chance due to the fact that they have a very good to great stable of RB’s. If it’s a cold, snowy day in GB, both “finesse” offenses would suffer and I’d take Thomas/Ingram & Sproles behind Carl Nicks and Jabari Evans over the Pack’s running game any day of the week.

  61. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:20 PM

    Green Bay is not thinking about New Orleans. Saints fans are quickly becoming obnoxious like pre-2010 Colts fans

  62. bikerhal says: Nov 29, 2011 1:08 PM

    Mr. Wright

    After the SB in 2009 we viewed vitriolic comments from Minnie fans directed toward pack fans. At the time I couldn’t understand the lack of class shown, but since the Packers won last year’s SB, I have begun to understand the mendacity in those comments. Some Packer fans rival any of the obnoxious folks you will find on the boards.

  63. baldingerspinky says: Nov 29, 2011 1:08 PM

    Or week 7 giants fans. Beating their chest about Eli being elite. Ha ha

  64. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:49 PM

    baldingerspinky says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:08 PM
    Or week 7 giants fans. Beating their chest about Eli being elite. Ha ha

    ———–

    And he continued to prove it last night. What is your point? He’s not playing defense. The same defense that has cost us every game we’ve lost. Fool.

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