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pen. Adi has 15 goals for a second consecutive season and Valeri has 13 goals and seven assists.Portland won three straight games to close out the regu

EAST RUTHERFORD, N. .J. -- When the New Orleans Saints are limited to 13 points, its easy to point a finger at No. 9 and say its Drew Brees fault.Well guess what? The 37-year-old quarterback wasnt all that bad Sunday in a 16-13 loss to the New York Giants.Brees didnt throw any interceptions and the Saints didnt turn the ball over. The offense just could not get it going against a revamped Giants defense.Big bucks went a long way in fixing a unit that allowed 52 points and surrendered seven touchdown passes to Brees and the Saints last year in a 52-49 win by New Orleans.And just maybe, the Giants defense is that good this year after spending $100 million in the offseason to sign sack threat Olivier Vernon, run stopper Damon Harrison and shutdown cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Add in cornerback Eli Apple and safety Darian Thompson in the draft, and this unit held its own against Brees.Both teams went out and made improvements on the defensive side of the ball, said Brees, who completed 29 of 44 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown. Both sides came in with a great game plan and so we knew it was going to be a hard-fought game. We thought our output would be better offensively than it was today.The Saints had chances, but they did not capitalize. They were 3 of 13 on third down and that was a major factor in the game. The Saints only had the ball for 59 plays and just under 26 minutes in time of possession, gaining 288 yards.In last years game, New Orleans had a combined 79 runs and passes and 35 minutes of possession. They gained 614 net yards.Thats 20 extra plays and Brees can do a lot with that.It wasnt pretty, but we got the job done as a defense. Im happy, and its going to get better, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said. Were still trying to get chemistry with each other. As a unit, we still have a lot of work to do. The vibe is totally different. We know what it takes and its not an individual goal but to correct the mistakes that we made.Brees was frustrated, especially wasting a great effort by his own defense, which forced three turnovers and did not allow a touchdown. New Yorks TD came on Jenkins return of a blocked field goal.If you told me prior to the game that we would get three takeaways defensively and not allow an offensive touchdown, Id say our chances today are pretty good, Brees said. The unfortunate thing is that the blocked field goal that gets returned for a touchdown is a 10-point swing. So thats pretty devastating when you look at the way the game unfolded and then the way it finished.The Giants did an outstanding job of keeping the Saints receivers in front of them. In last years game, Brees three longest touchdowns were 53, 34 and 26 yards. His longest completion on Sunday was 23 yards.New York also made the Saints one-dimensional, limiting their running game to 41 yards on 13 carries. The Saints had 103 on 26 carries last season.We stopped the run and we were definitely getting Brees off of his spot, so that he doesnt see those open receivers if he has any and just make a play when he throws the ball, said safety Landon Collins, who had one of the Giants two sacks.Giants coach Ben McAdoo said the key for the Giants was keeping the ball away from Brees.They played fantastic, whistle-to-snap, McAdoo said of his defense. We got lined up quickly. We made sure we had our eyes where they needed to be. They played the call and they played with confidence.Brees had a couple of chances against the defense, but he did not come through.I think that I didnt do a great job of handling some of their third-down pressure stuff to sustain drives, Brees said. We got into some third-and-long situations, or third-and-longer than probably we should have. So first- and second-down efficiency can be better and then, obviously, just the ability to sustain drives and keep them on the field and keep our defense off the field and get points at the end of it.---AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. . 10 Texas A&Ms offence dominated as usual against SMU. . Dallas hasnt ruled out the star quarterback for Sunday nights game against Philadelphia, but all signs point to Romos back injury pushing Kyle Orton into the starting role after two years of limited play as the backup. Surely Ortons name isnt the first that comes to mind for fans wanting a change after years of damaging interceptions, fumbles or, most infamously, the field goal flub when Romo dropped the snap on a kick that could have won his first playoff game in 2006. The odds are growing more favorable for the Colorado Rapids to win the first Supporters Shield in club history.Colorado took a step forward toward claiming the trophy for the best regular-season record in the MLS with a 2-1 victory over San Jose on Thursday night. The Rapids face a quick turnaround with a road match against the Portland Timbers on Sunday.Kevin Doyle scored a goal in each half to help Colorado (15-5-12) notch its third straight victory and snap a 14-game winless streak against the Earthquakes. The win catapulted the Rapids into first place in the Western Conference standings.Colorado entered the weekend a point ahead of FC Dallas in the race for the Supporters Shield.Tough defense has brought the Rapids to this point. Colorado has allowed only 30 goals in 32 games and has produced a league-best 13 shutouts.Portland also faces a must-win situation but for an entirely different reason. The Timbers (11-13--8) trail Sporting Kansas City by two points for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. A loss could prove fatal to Portlands playoff hopes.Fortunately for the Timbers, they have been on a bit of a hot streak at home. Portland has won four straight home matches to keep its playoff hopes alive.Fanendo Adi and Diego Valeri have played a big role in making it happen. Adi has 15 goals for a second consecutive season and Valeri has 13 goals and seven assists.Portland won three straight games to close out the regular season a year ago en route to claiming the 2015 MLS Cup. The final result in that string of wins was a 4-1 victory over Colorado.The Rapids won the most recent meeting between the clubs on October 1, prevailing 1-0 on Sebastien Le Touxs goal in the 63rd minute. Cheap NFL Jerseys China China NFL Hoodies Wholesale Jerseys 2020 White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys 2019 Cheap Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys ' ' '