Vikings vs. Giants: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a 67-yard touchdown in the first quarter to Travis Beckum #47 against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Chris Trotman/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings are on the road in New York for a showdown against the Giants on Monday Night Football.

The Vikings surprised many last season by making the playoffs with a 10-6 record, and the Giants have won the Super Bowl twice in the last six years. This was supposed to be a matchup against potential NFC playoff contenders, but to this point on the season, the two teams have combined to win just one game. 

That doesn't mean the game doesn't deserve your attention, however.

Minnesota recently signed Josh Freeman, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even though Christian Ponder is healthy, Freeman will be starting his first game for the Vikings this Monday night, as noted by Ben Goessling of ESPN:

Though Freeman struggled late last season and early this year, he's shown the ability to make big-time plays during his tenure with Tampa Bay. If he can spark Minnesota's passing game, then Adrian Peterson will suddenly find running between the tackles much easier without eight defenders in the box.

For the Giants, an 0-6 start seems insurmountable, but this team is still just three games behind Philadelphia and Dallas for the NFC East lead. As bad as New York has played thus far, a sudden turnaround could make things interesting in the division. 

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08:  Fans of the New York Giants support their team against the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Imag
Chris Trotman/Getty Images

When: Monday, Oct. 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 46.5 pts.
  • Spread: New York (-3.5)

 

Vikings Injury Report (via Vikings.com)

NAMEPOSITIONINJURYTHU.FRI.SAT.GAME STATUS
Ellison, RhettTEKneeFP---
Jefferson, A.J.CBAnkleDNP---
Peterson, AdrianRBHamstringLP---
Ponder, ChristianQBRibFP---
Rhodes, XavierCBAnkleLP---
Smith, HarrisonSToeDNP---
Sullivan, JohnCHandFP---
Walsh, BlairKLeft HamstringDNP---
Williams, KevinDTKneeLP---
Wright, JariusWRAnkleLP---

 

Giants Injury Report (via Giants.com)

PlayerInjuryThu.Fri.Sat.Game Status
RB David WilsonNeckDNPDNP-Out
CB Corey WebsterGroinLPDNP--
DE Jason Pierre-PaulIllnessFPDNP--
C David BaasNeckLPLP--
CB Jayron HosleyHamstringLPLP--
RB Brandon JacobsHamstringLPLP--
TE Adrien RobinsonFootLPLP--
S Cooper TaylorShoulderLPLP--
CB Terrell ThomasKneeDNPLP--



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can Brandon Jacobs Continue Turning Back the Clock?

Eli Manning has long been the main source of offense for the Giants, but this year he's hurt his team more than he's helped it, throwing nine touchdowns and a staggering 15 interceptions. 

David Wilson and Andre Brown were expected to be the main weapons for New York's running game this year, but both are out with injuries. 

Veteran Brandon Jacobs was signed as the team desperately looked for an answer, and he came through with a huge game last weekend against the Chicago Bears. Rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns, Jacobs nearly carried the Giants to the first win of the season.

The Vikings haven't been sharp defending the run this season, allowing 110 yards per game and six rushing touchdowns. If Jacobs can produce numbers similar to what he put up last weekend, then the Giants will have a good chance to control the clock and win the game. 

 

Prediction

Jan 1, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) celebrates his touchdown during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports
The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings aren't the only team in this game that features a porous run defense. New York ranks No. 26 in the league against the run, allowing 126.3 yards and a touchdown per game. 

Peterson should get a heavy workload as the Vikings work Freeman into the mix on offense, and he'll have a huge game against this ineffective Giants defense. 

The Vikings, however, don't have an answer on defense for Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle, and Manning is due for a big game after starting the season poorly.

Unless Freeman explodes with a huge game from behind center, the Vikings don't have the firepower to keep up on offense.  

 

Final Score 

Giants win, 27-24

 

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