With a bye and an extra day to prepare for the Giants, the 7-3 Saints will do their best to keep pace with the 49ers for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs when they face off against struggling New York on ESPN's Monday Night Football Game at 7:30 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The 49ers slipped to 9-2 with a loss in Baltimore on Thursday night.
So far, it is not a black Friday nor will it likely be a "turkey" of a Cyber Monday this e-commerce-holiday season as comScore today reported for the holiday season-to-date, $12.7 billion has been spent online, marking a 15-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year. Perhaps more astounding, Black Friday (November 25) saw $816 million in online sales, making it the heaviest online spending day to date in 2011 and representing a 26-percent increase versus Black Friday 2010. Thanksgiving Day (November 24), while traditionally a lighter day for online holiday spending, achieved a strong 18-percent increase to $479 million.
Now that LSU has thumped No. 3-rankd Arkansas and No. 2 Alabama thrashed Auburn, a rematch of the Tigers-Tide defensive battle is all but set regardless of what takes place next weekend.
At the time the New York Giants need the most from its team, the offense will be somewhat dinged due to injuries.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) has been officially ruled out of Monday night's game with the Saints as the Giants try to end their two-game losing streak.
Also out are left tackle Will Beatty (eye/back) and defensive back Derrick Martin (hamstring).
Doubtful for the Giants is linebacker Michael Boly (hamstring). Receiver Mario Manningham (knee) is doubtful.
With the LSU Tigers now flying high after their enormous victory in Baton Rouge over the Arkansas Razorbacks, here are some odds and ends...first coming from winning Defenseive back, Tyrann Mathieu, and then from losing coach Bobby Petrino:
Saints coach Sean Payton said his team needs to play its best football in December, talked about Eli Manning as a quarterback, said all his running backs were doing well and updated roster moves during his media briefing on Friday at the Saints facility in Metairie.
Payton also said in the briefing that running backs Chris Ivory, Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas are ready to go against the Giants
LSU fans might argue whether this LSU team, coached by Les Miles, is the best Baton Rouge squad ever. Two more games will tell its fate.
Other than one very close overtime game in Tuscaloosa in October in which the Tigers snipped Alabama, virtually all of the games LSU have played to date have been either blowouts or dominant victories.
The Vegas oddsmakers have the BCS Championship Game winner figured out for us. No more debating who will play, who deserves to play or who will win. The Oddsmakers have made Alabama the favorite to win the title. One would have to bet $180 to win $100. The other odds are as follows, according to USA Today: LSU ($150) to win $100; Arkansas ($500); Oklahoma State ($800); and Virginiia Tech ($2,000). In an unpredictable college football season, it may be best to save your money...