The only thing the Giants proved on Monday night is that they are not the worst team in the National Football Conference. The Giants had a 0-6 record and the Vikings had a 1-4 record entering the Monday night game.
The Giants clearly showed that they are better than the Vikings in every aspect of the game.
Josh Freeman was making his first start at quarterback for the Vikings and he looked terrible. He was unable to lead his team to an offensive touchdown and he looked very unfamiliar with the playbook.
Freeman completed only 20 of his 51 passes for 190 yards and an interception.
Only two players excelled during the Monday night game, Giants’ wide receiver Rueben Randle on offense and Vikings’ kick returner Marcus Scherels.
Randle was a very good slot receiver for Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning. Randle had three catches for 40 yards and the only touchdown reception in the game.
Scherels was clearly the most dominant performer for the Vikings. Despite losing a fumble, he nearly out-gained the Vikings’ offense.
He had four kick returns for 119 yards, including an 86-yard kick return in the first quarter-Vikings only touchdown. The Vikings’ offense had 178 total yards.
The Giants did not look that good on Monday night, but they won the game because of how bad the Vikings were. The Giants struggled offensively and against any other team, they would have lost.
Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin needs to make sure his team is not arrogant after winning their first game of the season. The Giants made many mistakes, including two near interceptions thrown by Manning, but the Vikings were so bad that they could not take advantage of it.
The Giants’ fan base should expect their favorite team to have a lottery pick during the 2014 NFL Draft. The Giants need to fix up a lot of weaknesses, but not as many as the Vikings.