When Teddy Bridgewater went down during training camp for the Vikings, many pundits and fans alike were already digging Minnesota’s grave. That said, it seems that many observers have forgotten just how dominant this defence is, and has been of late. Minnesota enters Monday Night Football against the New York Giants a perfect 3-0 record, playing flawless football against a tough schedule. Conversely, the G-Men have looked solid as well, entering with a 2-1 record, though last week’s tough loss to Washington surely still has to sting.
This is quite the Monday night match-up, featuring two of the best teams in the NFC. With the Vikings playing a Monday nighter in their brand new stadium, it figures to be a rowdy atmosphere to welcome Manning and his Giants. It’s also never too early to begin to consider playoff scenarios, and this is certainly a match-up that we could see come January. So read on below for a full game preview and an official betting selection for what should be a great tilt on Monday Night Football.
Giants vs. Vikings Betting Odds:
New York Giants +4 (-110)
@ Minnesota Vikings -4 (-110)
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Giants vs. Vikings Pick:
The Vikings have been decent defensively so far in 2016, but the real reason they have stormed out to a 3-0 record this year has been the play of their stellar defense. They have shut down some prolific offenses already this year, and should be able to do the same to the Giants on Monday night. Last week they sacked an elusive Cam Newton eight times, and expect Eli Manning to be the next target in their sights in Week 4. Manning isn’t half the runner Newton is, and he isn’t protected all that well from his offensive line. Expect him to be under heavy siege for all four quarters, and his time and space will be severely limited against a dominating pass rush of the Vikings.
Unfortunately for the Giants, they don’t really have a way to nullify the pressure Minnesota brings. They’ve had some injuries in their backfield, and their running game at the moment is suspect at best. I truly have no clue how the Giants are planning on moving the football in this contest, and expect their success to be quite limited at best.
Like their counterparts, don’t expect much of a running game from Minnesota with Adrian Peterson still out injured. The Giants defend the run quite well with a beefy D-line and the Vikings just haven’t been able to gain any traction in the ground game just yet. That said, Sam Bradford has done quite well since his move from Philadelphia – and he’ll need to keep that up again if the Vikings are to remain perfect on the season. Bradford looked solid last week against the Panthers’ solid pass rush, switching to a quick-paced no-huddle attack. Look for Bradford to continue success against New York, as the Giants have a knack of giving up big plays so far this year. Washington burned them deep a few times in Week 3, and Bradford has Stefon Diggs to air it out to.
Despite injuries, the Vikings are simply one of the top teams in the NFL. Their offense still has nice pieces and is well-organized, while their stop unit is probably the tops in all of football right now. On a Monday evening, with a chance at 4-0, in front of rowdy fans in their new stadium, the situation aligns nicely to keep that momentum going in Minny. This defense can do special things and expect them to absolutely shut down Manning and the Giants’ passing game this week. Expect a low-scoring affair, but the Vikes win comfortably.
PICK = Vikings -4 (-110)