The New York Giants' reconstructed offensive line will face its second consecutive stern test when the New Orleans Saints visit MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The Saints (2-1) feature one of the NFL's premier defensive ends in Cameron Jordan, who is tied for the league lead with four sacks. The primary job of blocking him will go to Chad Wheeler, a second-year tackle who went undrafted out of Southern California.

The New Orleans Saints have had little issue lighting up the scoreboard with star quarterback Drew Brees at the helm, piling up an NFC-best 104 points through three games. Brees and the Saints (2-1) aim to continue their high-scoring ways on Sunday when they visit MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants (1-2). The 39-year-old Brees earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the 23rd time in his career after a five-touchdown performance in New Orleans' 43-37 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

At 39, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees seems to have pulled the lithium batteries out of his clock on the wall. At 37, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who has two Super Bowl rings to Brees' one, is trying his best to keep pace with a respected elder. The battle of two quarterbacks with New Orleans connections - and quarterbacks who are inspirations for those with gray, thinning or no hair - will highlight Sunday's game between the Saints (2-1) and Giants (1-2) at MetLife Stadium.

These are the biggest early storylines as we look ahead to Week 4, ranked in order of significance: 1. Ok, so everyone had the New Orleans Saints-Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football as the biggest game of Week 4, right? Of course. Sure, the networks will play up the Ryan Tannehill - Drew Brees battle because quarterbacks are sexy. And nothing against those guys. But a moment for the defenses, shall we? The Saints (38) and Dolphins (53) have allowed a combined 91 points, which is fewer than four teams have given up all by themselves. You know Rob Ryan , the Saints’ defensive coordinator. But — and don’t cheat — can you name the Dolphins’ DC? It’s Kevin Coyle , who has these boys flying around. One worry, though: Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake ’s knee is a balky, and he could well miss this game. 2. Naturally, the second-most important game of the weekend is Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Both teams passed big tests in Week 3 — Bears winning on the road in a tough place in Pittsburgh, and Lions winning where they never have before (in Washington/Maryland), and without Reggie Bush . His status will be closely watched all week. But we must mention that one reason these teams are atop the NFC North is because of the offensive lines. The Bears and Lions have given up the fewest sacks in the NFL to date. Go figure. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Don't wait, sign up today! ] 3. The Seattle Seahawks are making a case for being the most impressive team in football, and the Houston Texans are a confounding 2-1, hitting a crossroads following a throttling at the hands of the Ravens. The biggest question for the Texans is likely with Matt Schaub . Can he step up? Against this defense? At least the game is in Houston. They can make a big statement by beating the Seahawks. Or they'll be subject to more questioning if they lose. These are the two stingiest defenses in terms of yards allowed. We might be looking at 17-13, or the like, here.
(Reuters) - It may have only been the first week of the National Football League season but that is all that was needed for Super Bowl contenders to reveal themselves while other hopefuls got off to a rocky start. The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints confirmed their championship ambitions with impressive wins while the New England Patriots and Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens had worrying flaws exposed. ...
Sept 9 (Reuters) - It may have only been the first week of the National Football League season but that is all that was needed for Super Bowl contenders to reveal themselves while other hopefuls got off to a rocky start. The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints confirmed their championship ambitions with impressive wins while the New England Patriots and Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens had worrying flaws exposed. ...
By Steve Keating (Reuters) - With no lockouts, no replacement referees no 'Bountygate' and no concussion lawsuit to worry about the spotlight will be back on the field when the National Football League (NFL) season kicks off on Thursday. After a pay-for-pain scandal involving the New Orleans Saints and two labor disputes - one between owners and players and another between the league and referees - blotted the start of the last two seasons, the 2013 campaign is set for a smooth launch with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens visiting the Denver Broncos. ...
By Steve Keating Sept 2 (Reuters) - With no lockouts, no replacement referees no 'Bountygate' and no concussion lawsuit to worry about the spotlight will be back on the field when the National Football League (NFL) season kicks off on Thursday. After a pay-for-pain scandal involving the New Orleans Saints and two labor disputes - one between owners and players and another between the league and referees - blotted the start of the last two seasons, the 2013 campaign is set for a smooth launch with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens visiting the Denver Broncos. ...
The New York Giants and restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension worth $43 million, reports Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com. According to Glazer, the extension is "on top" of the one-year, $2.879 million restricted free agent tender that Cruz officially signed with the Giants in mid-June. If that is the case, the six-year total for Cruz would be worth $45.879 million, a $7.647 million per year average that places him just above recent wide receiver extensions signed by Marques Colston of the New Orleans Saints ($7.26 million) and Stevie Johnson of the Buffalo Bills ($7.25 million), but is well below the $11 million per season that Cruz was reportedly seeking earlier this offseason. Glazer adds that Cruz will receive $15.6 million in guaranteed money early in the deal. Cruz signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Massachusetts in 2010 and played well in his first preseason, leading the Giants with 15 receptions for 297 yards and four touchdowns. A hamstring injury would force Cruz to the injured reserve list for most of his rookie season. Over the course of the 2011 and 2012 seasons, however, Cruz has 168 receptions for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns, earning second-team All-Pro honors in 2011 and Pro Bowl honors following the 2012 season. The Giants placed a "First Round" restricted free agent tender on Cruz, who skipped the team's offseason program, including a mandatory minicamp, before signing his tender on June 14. Had Cruz not signed that tender by June 17, the Giants would have had the option to replace the $2.879 million tender with a "reduced" tender worth $630,000, the minimum base salary for a player with three accrued seasons.
May 10 (The Sports Xchange) - New York Jets' head coach Rex Ryan liked what he saw from rookie quarterback and second-round pick Geno Smith, which was more than he could say for his 2012 first-round pick, Quentin Coples. Ryan's assessment of Smith's first practice: "He can really spin it," Ryan said of Smith's tight spirals to open the Jets' minicamp Friday. Smith was projected as a first-round pick but was bypassed by every team but the New Orleans Saints before the Jets used their third pick in the 2013 draft to add Smith to a depth chart that includes five quarterbacks. ...

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