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Yes, the Giants were without star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday night. But that reality doesn't take everything away from the Vikings, who held the sixth-ranked scoring offense to just 10 points through the first 58 minutes of a blowout matchup.
Minnesota sacked Eli Manning four times and intercepted three of his passes, including a pick-six from returning safety Harrison Smith. The Giants also finished 1-of-11 on third down and 0-of-2 on fourth down.
The Vikings are finally healthy again on defense, and it showed against New York. Getting Smith back was especially important, as he's the biggest difference-maker on the Minnesota defense. His impressive ability to attack against the run and create big plays in the passing game might be unmatched at the safety position in the NFL.
Over the next two weeks, the Vikings will play either Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, Rodgers and Kirk Cousins or Rodgers two weeks in a row. Now healthy, the Minnesota defense looks capable again of meeting any challenge.