By Joseph Gunther

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants rolls out chased by Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Giants 27-21.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

(Credit Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Vikings played their first prime time game of the season in Week 7 at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants. The Vikings (1-4) are coming off an abysmal blow out loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Giants Record

The Giants enter the contest with a winless record. They have lost to the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles at home.

Giants on Offense

The Giants are a one-dimensional offense. They rank eighth in the league in passing with 272.2 yards per game and 30th in the league in rushing offense.

New York has fallen behind by so much, so early in games that they have to throw to try to get back into the game. However, when doing so, the Giants generally find a way to shoot themselves in the foot.

Giants on Defense

The Giants have struggled ranking 23rd in the league in total defense. They are better against the pass at 20th in the league in passing yards allowed and 26th in rushing yards allowed per game.

New York had been known for their ability to get to the passer, but in 2013 they have a league-low five sacks on the season.

Giants Players to Watch

Quarterback Eli Manning: The 6-foot-4, 218-pound former first overall draft pick is fourth in the NFL in passing yardage. However, he has been under pressure and forced to throw the ball a lot. He has thrown the most interceptions, posted the third lowest quarterback rating and been sacked the fourth most times of any quarterback.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara: The 6-foot, 207-pound former first first round draft pick is tied the team lead in tackles, forced fumbles and interceptions.


The Vikings and Giants may be the worst matchup ESPN could ask for on Monday night. Both are playing as badly as they possibly can right now. Both teams are turning the ball over and neither can really hang their on much of anything.

For more Vikings news and updates, visit Vikings Central.

Joseph Gunther is an avid fan of Minnesota sports, including football, hockey and baseball. He covered a wide variety of sports while attending Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College, he was a part of the first collegiate media group to broadcast a national tournament via television, radio, internet and newspaper at the 2004 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament. He grew up in the Twin Cities playing three years of varsity football in high school. Joseph is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on


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