The 2-1 Giants travel to Minnesota to take on the 3-0 Minnesota Vikings after the teams suffered different fates last week. Minnesota remained undefeated with an impressive 22-10-road victory over the Carolina Panthers. The win snapped the Panthers 14 game home winning streak. The Giants blew a 5-point halftime lead against the Washington Redskins and lost 29-27 while scoring only 6 points in the second half.
Eli Manning threw 2 fourth quarter interceptions as the Giants allowed Washington to earn its first win of the year. Besides those 2 throws, he was very efficient as he completed 25 of 38 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was Odell Beckham who had 7 catches for 121 yards. Victor Cruz had 70 yards on 3 catches and Sterling Sheppard chipped in with 5 catches for 73 yards. Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa split the rushing duties and combined for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively they gave up over 400 yards of offense including 3 plays that went for more than 30. They sacked Kirk Cousins twice for a loss of 14 yards and recovered a fumble. Against the run, they limited the Redskins to 90 yards on 30 carries and had 5 tackles for losses.
Minnesota played well on both sides of the ball as they had 3 interceptions and did not commit a turnover. Not only did they not allow Cam Newton to throw a touchdown, they sacked him 8 times for a loss of 64 yards. They limited Carolina to 105 rushing yards on 28 carries and had 8 tackles for losses. Through 3 games the Vikings haven’t allowed more than 16 points. Sam Bradford completed 18 of 28 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown without throwing an interception. His favorite target was Kyle Rudolph who caught 7 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. They did a poor job running the ball as Jerick Mckinnon had 45 of the teams 54 yards on 16 carries. They have yet to rush for 100 yards this season and are averaging 67 yards per game. The run game struggled even before Adrian Peterson was placed on Injury Reserve due to his knee injury.
As a team they both score an average of 21 points per game but Minnesota has the defensive edge allowing 13pounts while the Giants give up 21. Despite no Adrian Peterson the Vikings are still 5-point favorites and they get to enjoy home field advantage. Minnesota has gone 3-0 against the spread this season including 1-0 at home. The Giants have gone 1-2 against the spread including 1-0 on the road. The Vikings defense has been so good this year that Minnesota has outscored their opponents by and average of 8 points per game despite being outgained by 50 yards per game. New York was in it right to the end last week but mental errors in the 4th quarter cost them.
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