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PREVIEW Tonight's games


Published: Mon, September 19, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


N.Y. GIANTS (1-0) at NEW ORLEANS (1-0)
Game time: 7:30 p.m.
TV/radio: (33) (5) (4); at 9 p.m., games moves to ESPN.
Key matchup: New Orleans RB Deuce McAllister vs. New York defensive line. McAllister gained just 65 yards on 26 carries, but scored pair of touchdowns in Saints win. Giants shut down Arizona's running game, allowing just 32 yards on 21 carries. Giants defensive front was bolstered with return of DE Michael Strahan. Strahan, after missing final eight games of 2004, posted seven tackles and 11/2 sacks last week.
Notebook: Game was originally scheduled for Sunday in New Orleans, but Hurricane Katrina ravaged Superdome roof. Game was moved to East Rutherford, N.J. ... Saints will split other seven home games this season between Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., and Alamodome in San Antonio. ... New York hasn't has 2-0 start since 2000. ... Willie Ponder and Chad Morton became first Giants in 50 years to return a kickoff and punt for touchdowns in same game last week. ... New Orleans coach Jim Haslett has 25-16 (.610) road record, second best among active head coaches (Andy Reid, 32-17, .653). ... John Carney's 47-yard field goal with 3 seconds left gave Saints emotional victory over Carolina. ... McAllister has 4,258 yards rushing and needs 10 to pass George Rogers (4,267) for most in club history. ... Saints defense has not allowed fourth-quarter TD in five straight games.
WASHINGTON (1-0) At DALLAS (1-0)
Game time: 9 p.m.
TV/radio: (33) (5) (4) WBBW-AM (1240).
Key matchup: Dallas coach Bill Parcells vs. Washington coach Joe Gibbs. Parcells is 12-6 lifetime against Gibbs. Parcells has 155-116-1 record during regular season. Gibbs is 131-70 for his career. Both teams are coming off solid defensive efforts. Cowboys' conversion to 3-4 defense allowed San Diego 291 total yards. Redskins' blitzing D held Chicago to 166 yards.
Notebook: This is 14th Monday night meeting for these teams, tying Denver-Oakland for most frequent MNF matchup. ... Cowboys lead series vs. Redskins on MNF 7-6. ... Seven of last eight meetings have been decided by seven points or less. ... Washington won last week without scoring TD for first time since 15-13 victory over Minnesota on Oct. 25, 1992. ... Mark Brunell will start, taking QB job from Patrick Ramsey. ... Redskins have allowed 18 points or less in seven consecutive games and less than 100 yards rushing in six straight. ... Redskins signed K Nick Novak after John Hall strained quad in Sunday's game. ... Dallas has a 38-27 (.585) mark on MNF and needs one win to tie Miami (39) for most wins on MNF. ... Cowboys are 24-9 (.727) in home openers at Texas Stadium. ... QB Drew Bledsoe became 10th player in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards last week. He posted Week 1 best of 143.4 passer rating, tossing three TDs vs. no INTs.
Associated Press


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