Tonight's Early Game

September 19, 2005

Saints (1-0) @ Giants (1-0)

Time, TV, Line -- 7:30 p.m., chs. 2, 7 (game switches to ESPN at 9 p.m.), Giants by 3 1/2 .

Trends -- This is the first of the Saints' home-away-from-home games. The good news is they've been a better road team than home team under coach Jim Haslett.

Attractions -- RB Deuce McAllister (left) will be a lot tougher for the Giants to stop than Arizona rookie J.J. Arrington was a week ago. The availability of DE Michael Strahan (back spasms) also is problematic for New York.

Ken Murray's pick -- Saints, 24-20.

NEXT WEEK'S TOP MATCHUPS

Patriots (1-1) @ Steelers (2-0) -- Pittsburgh rolled in the regular-season game last year, but the patriots won big in the postseason. the steelers have a new weapon, though, in super quick rb Willie Parker.

Bengals (2-0) @ Bears (1-1) -- the bengals finally are off to a good start after crushing the Vikings. after several misses, the bears finally found a keeper at quarterback in Kyle Orton.

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