Vikings at Giants Monday Night Football

vikings-vs-giantsThe 1-4 Minnesota Vikings will travel to the 0-6 New York Giants in a game that pins 2 bottom feeders up against each other. Minnesota’s only win came against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 4. The Giants are scoring an average of 17.2 points per game while their opponent is scoring an average 34.8 points per game. The Vikings are scoring an average of 25 points per game and are giving up 31.6 points.

The Vikings will start Josh Freeman at quarterback. Freeman who was recently released by the Tamp Bay Buccaneers is making his first start with the Vikings after signing with them 2 weeks ago. He has thrown for 571 yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in 3 games with Tampa Bay. The Vikings leading rusher is Adrian Peterson. He has rushed for 483 yards and 5 touchdowns on 102 attempts. AP is averaging 96.6 yards per game and 1 touchdown. He also has fumbled 3 times and lost 2 of them. The Vikings leading receiver so far this year is Jerome Simpson. He has caught 23 of 39 passes thrown his way for 386 yards and no touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball the Vikings are lead by Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson. They have a combined 83 tackles, 3 sacks, and 4 interceptions. As a team they have 10 sacks, 7 interceptions, and 332 tackles.

On the other side the Giants are lead at quarterback by Eli Manning. Eli has thrown for 1721 yards with 9 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He has also been sacked 16 times and has fumbled once. The Giants leading rusher is Brandon Jacobs. He has rushed for 154 yards with 3 touchdowns and only 1 fumble. Eli Manning’s main receiving target is Victor Cruz. Cruz has caught 35 of 60 passes for 541 yards and 4 touchdowns.On the defensive side of the ball the Giants are lead by Ryan Mundy and Spencer Paysinger they have a combined 78 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 sack. As a team they have a total of 5 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 436 tackles.

 

Keys To The Game

For the Vikings:
1. Get pressure of Eli Manning. The Giants offensive line has allowed 16 sacks in 6 games so far this season.
2. How well will Josh Freeman play in his first game as a Viking?
3. Can Josh Freeman throw more touchdowns than interceptions?

For the Giants:
1. Can they get a run game going? The Giants are averaging 67.8 rushing yards per game which ranks 31st in the NFL.
2. Can their rushing defense(which ranks 27th) stop Adrian Peterson who is averaging 96.6 yards per game?
3. Can Eli Manning take advantage of the 30th ranked Vikings passing defense?

 

My Prediction

The Vikings jump out to an early 13-0 lead before the Giants get a field goal. Before the first quarter ends the Vikings add a field goal to increase their lead 16-3. In the 2nd quarter Eli Manning connects with Victor Cruz on a 40 yard touchdown to trim the lead 16-10. Minnesota drives right down the field and right before the half comes to an end they add another field goal to increase their lead 19-10. In the 3rd quarter Josh Freeman connects with Jerome Simpson on a 25 yard touchdown pass to put their lead at 26-10. Eli Manning drives the Giants right down the field for another touchdown to bring the score to 26-17. The Giants get the ball back and add a field goal to trim the Vikings lead to 6 with 2:00 minutes left in the 3rd. In the 4th quarter the Adrian Peterson scores a 30 yard rushing touchdown and the Vikings go for 2 and succeed to put their lead at 34-20. Eli Manning throws another touchdown pass to Victor Cruz to cut the Vikings lead to 7 with 1:45 left in the game. The Giants will not get the ball back as Minnesota runs out the to secure the victory and put the Giants record at 0-7.

Final Score

Vikings: 34
Giants: 27

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