The Minnesota Vikings are one of just five undefeated teams in the NFL going into Week 4, and will face the New York Giants for a prime-time match-up on Monday Night Football in their brand spanking new U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikes are 14-10 all-time in regular-season games against the Giants, with five wins in the last seven games. Sports Interaction’s NFL odds have the Vikings as -230 favorites.
Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants
Point spread: Vikings -5
Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
Location: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Vikings season didn’t get off to a very promising start, when their Pro Bowl quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee as well as an ACL tear. Bridgewater isn’t the only key player on their IR list; he was recently joined by three-time NFL rushing champ Adrian Peterson and starting left tackle Matt Kalil. So the fact that the Vikings are 3-0 right now, is a surprise to everyone.
The Vikes got things started this season with a W over the Titans, only to follow up with wins over division rivals the Green Bay Packers and the Carolina Panthers with new QB Sam Bradford at the helm. Their defense is the NFL leader in lowest yards per play allowed at 4.4, with a sack percentage at 11.7%. They’ve also outscored their opponents by an eight point margin all while being out gained by 50 yards per game.
The last time these two teams met, it was an absolute blowout, with the Vikings beating the Giants 49-17. To the Giants’ defense however, they were missing Odell Beckham Jr, who will not be missing this one. This should be winnable for the Vikings if their secondary can handle Becckham Jr. and the other very capable receivers on the Giants roster.
New York Giants
The Giants started out strong this year, with two wins out the gate against the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys. However, they dropped their game last week against the Redskins. Head coach Ben McAdoo is in his first season with the Giants and going into this game in Minnesota has a 2-1 NFL record. This team is about to have a tough month, with three road games, which includes a trip overseas to play in London.
The Giants’ offense is 4th in the league in giveaways but are 6th best in yards per play at 6.26. All eyes on this matchup will be paying attention to how the Vikes secondary handles those slippery Giants receivers, and since injuries have weakened them at the safety and cornerback position, Eli Manning will have to have a near perfect game in order to stifle the Vikings and put an end to their streak.
The Giants are the +190 underdogs in this Week 4 Monday Night Football matchup.
Vikings vs. Giants Prediction