Week 4 Opponent: New York Giants 2-1 (3rd in NFC East)
Locale: Us Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Broadcast Details 8:30 ESPN Sean McDonough (Play by Play) Jon Gruden (Color Commentary/Analyst)
Last Week : The Giants blew a late lead and the 5th Field goal by Dustin Hopkins to lose to Washington 29-27 at FedEx Field, The Vikings got a safety from the defense, a 64 yard punt return touchdown from Marcus Sherels and scored 22 unanswered points to defeat Carolina 22-10 in Charlotte.
Injury Report: Giants CB Domnique Rodgers-Cromartie are listed as Questionable, CB Eli Apple is listed as Doubtful, OT Marshall Newhouse, RB Rashad Jennings and S Darian Thompson are listed as Out. There are no Vikings listed on the injury report, T Matt Kalil, RB Adrian Peterson and QB Teddy Bridgewater are on the IR and will not be listed for another 8 weeks minimum.
Stat Sheet: Giants Passing Eli Manning 76-107 925 Yds 4 TDS, 3INT Rushing Shane Vereen 31 Car 147 Yds 1 TD Receiving Odell Beckham Jr. 19 Rec 280 Yds. Vikings: Passing Sam Bradford 40-59 457 Yds 3TD Rushing Jerrick McKinnon 19 Car 53 Yds Receiving Stefon Diggs 20 Rec 325 Yds 1 TD
Series: The Vikings lead the series 15-12 and have won the last three in Minneapolis (2 at the Metrodome, 1 at TCF Bank Stadium)
The Last Meeting: In their final regular season game at TCF Bank Stadium and in front of a national TV auidience on Sunday Night Football that they were flexed to, the The Vikings jumped out to a 16-3 lead and never looked back getting 2 rushing TD’s from Jerrick McKinnon, 104 rushing yards from Adrian Peterson and a 35 yard pick six from Harrison Smith to rout the Giants 49-17 in Week 16 last year.
The Line: Vikings by 5
Inside Info: The Vikings are riding high after rolling into the seemingly impreganable fortress that was Bank of America Stadium and snapping the 14 game home win streak of the defending NFC champs. The defense and special teams
Vikings win IF: They establish consistent pressure on Eli Manning that stymied Marcus Mariota, frustrated Aaron Rodgers and battered Cam Newton. Linval Joseph and Everson Griffin are keys to putting pressure on Manning to force him into rushed throws and making hurried, harried decisions. Keeping the Giants talented wideout triumvirate of Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr. and emerging rookie Sterling Shepard in check is crucial as well. Sam Bradford needs to continue his solid turnover free play and keep the Vikings offense on the field as long as possible.
Giants win IF: Eli Manning can remain upright and spread the ball around on his throws. Manning is a seasoned vet who will make throws if no one is putting pressure on him. The Giants on defense will likely throw all sorts of oddball sets and blitzes at Bradford in attempt to limit him in a manner similar to the style that kept Drew Brees in check. If the Giants can put pressure on the offense and force three and outs and keep the Vikings defense on the field longer than needed they will force them to play more perfect.
The Final Call: Expect to the Bank to be loud, very very loud. The Vikings are banking on this to help foster the kind of intimidating home atmosphere that will win games. The Giants are a good team and Manning is a solid veteran and if not hit on can and will make throws. But I think that a defense that is getting better and bolder with every game is up to the task. Defense is the watchword, controlling the clock will be a factor as well. Vikings games are not pretty but Purple nation doesn’t worry much about that, the wins are all that matter. I think that another gritty, gully type win is in the cards.
Vikings 24 Giants 13