Week 12 (11/28/11) Monday Night Football Picks (NYG @ NO)

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Expect to see the fireworks flying on Monday Night Football in what could be a potential playoff preview in the NFC, as we make our NFL picks in the duel between the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints.

Year To Date Record: 34-41 ATS
Upset Record: 10-20, -$920

Week 12 NFL Matchup: New York Giants @ New Orleans Saints
Date: Monday, November 28th, 8:30 ET
Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
NFL Week 12 Lines: New Orleans -7
Over/Under 50
Week 12 NFL TV Schedule: ESPN

Giants Notes: It seems as though this brutal schedule has gotten the best of the G-Men. They were able to survive the beginning of the wave against the New England Patriots, but when push really came to shove, they were taken down by the 49ers and Eagles to drop out of first place in the NFC East. To make matters worse, now they aren’t even in the playoffs for the time being, and a loss in this one will leave them a game back in the division and two back for the Wild Card slots. QB Eli Manning has had a great season, throwing for 2,952 yards and 18 TDs against nine picks, but he really needs to step up his game in this one, or New York is going to be in a heck of a lot of trouble. The ground game probably won’t have RB Ahmad Bradshaw available in this one for a fourth straight game, which is bad news to say the least.

Saints Notes: New Orleans had a week off last week, but now, QB Drew Brees and the crew are going to try to get back on its record shattering pace. Brees has already thrown for 3,326 yards and 23 TDs this year, and he needs to average around 290 passing yards per game to break QB Dan Marino’s all-time record for passing yards in a season. This offense is averaging 31.3 points per game this year, and it’s hard to see how this is going to slow down against a defense which has allowed 22.8 points per game on the campaign. A win in this one would ensure that New Orleans stays in first place in the NFC South by a game (at least) over the Falcons. A loss could make things a tad more interesting in the division, but at least for the time being, with the win on the road against the Falcons, New Orleans is still in good shape.

The Final Word: New York has played some gritty football this year, but we just don’t see how Manning is going to be able to keep up with the intensity that the Saints are going to bring on the other side of the ball. Too much Brees. Too much New Orleans, especially in the dome. The Giants are in a heck of a lot of trouble.

Week 12 NFL Pick: New Orleans -7

NFL Football Prediction: New Orleans 31 – New York 17

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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