TV Schedule: Monday, Oct. 21, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Weather: High 65, Low 46
Line: New York Giants (-3.5)
In the Monday night game of the week, the New York Giants will be looking to earn their first win of the season against the Minnesota Vikings. Eli Manning has had one of the worst starts to the season of any quarterback in years as the once prominent quarterback and Super Bowl winner has passed for 1,721 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with an incredibly-awful 15 interceptions through six games. Victor Cruz has been the top option at wide out, catching 35 passes for 541 yards and four touchdowns. The Giants have been awful this season especially because of their poor run game behind David Wilson for the first few weeks of the season, ranking 30th in the league, but Brandon Jacobs broke out in week six and has become the team’s leading rusher with 154 yards and three touchdowns on just 44 carries.
It’s been a rough season for the Minnesota Vikings as it has been for the Giants. However, the Vikings have one thing that the Giants don’t have: a win. This game will be telling for the Vikings as they will be starting a new quarterback in recently-signed Josh Freeman over Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder. Freeman will be receiving a lot of attention in this game as not many people expected him to even sign with a team for quite some time, but just a few weeks after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he is starting for another team. He will have to take advantage of the Giants’ poor secondary and hit Jerome Simpson and Greg Jennings in order to have success. Adrian Peterson hasn’t set the world on fire yet this season, but five him some time. Peterson has 483 yards and five touchdowns on the year.
Defensively, the Giants have one of the worst units in the NFL thanks to a poor secondary and an even worse run-stopping front-seven. The worst part of the Giants’ defense is their inability to prevent teams from scoring, ranking last in the NFL in scoring defense. Minnesota has been awful as well this season on defense, allowing the second-most yards per game in the league with an elevated 418.
PREDICTION: Vikings 17, Giants 24