Vikings vs. Giants: Everything You Need to Know Following Metrodome Collapse

John LorgeSenior Writer IDecember 12, 2010

The Metrodome got a haircut Saturday night.
The Metrodome got a haircut Saturday night.Tom Dahlin/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings versus the New York Giants won't be held in Minneapolis' Metrodome after the roof collapsed Saturday night. The game had originally been postponed due to extreme weather conditions inhibiting the Giants' travel plans. 

A gaping hole in the roof of the Vikings' stadium will now have the game changed again, this time to Detroit's Ford Field.


How To Watch the Game

This Monday (13th) you can tune into FOX at 7:20 ET if you are in Minnesota, the New York area, or have Direct TV's Sunday Ticket.  There were various debates about the game's interference with the ESPN Monday Night Football match-up of the Houston Texans versus the Baltimore Ravens, but the Brett Favre media extravaganza won out to a degree.


What to Watch For

Brett Favre. Brett Favre. Brett Favre. Even if you aren't tuning into the game specifically to watch the historic QB you can expect to get a heavy dose of him—whether he plays or not.

Currently, Favre says he doubts he will play but don't rule him out. The extra day of rest and preparation seems like it should be enough for Favre to at least get the start. 

I wouldn't expect coach Leslie Frazier to give Favre a long leash, however. Frazier is getting a rare opportunity to audition for the Vikings' permanent head coach position and he will do anything he needs to in order to get the win. 

Tarvaris Jackson isn't a great option but he's good enough to lead the team to victory.

The Giants defensive line will have their sights on Favre from the first snap and they have been especially effective at getting to the QB this season. A more mobile QB will help the Vikings evade a four-man rush, but there will be no better asset for the Vikings than a dominating game from Adrian Peterson.

It will be especially interesting to see what type of impact the crowd will have on the game.


What the Game Means

For football historians and Favre fanatics it could be the last time we see No. 4 line up under center. He has been getting progressively more banged up during the season and the Giants have the ability to KO their opponent.

The Vikings' season is over, though, and with the Giants in the middle of a playoff hunt the outcome of this game will have major implications on the remainder of the season.

With Aaron Rodgers' injury, two of their next three games look very winnable, which, in combination with a Monday night win, should be enough to lock up a Wild Card birth—if not an NFC East title.