NFC Game Of The Week
New York Giants (2-1) at Minnesota Vikings (3-0)
Giants: In their first two victories, we saw a much-improved defense from these Giants. The offense was looking average at best, but they won the games and that’s all that mattered. Last week, I remember stating that Sunday against the Redskins was the day the Giants would get their offense going and they scored 27 points which is pretty good to do when playing at this level. The only thing that mattered was the loss and they dropped their first game of the season in a tough loss. What hurts the Giants most is when they turn the football over. I liked the idea that Eli had in that play against the Redskins when he saw man coverage across the board and Vereen had a linebacker matched up against him. Eli just put the ball in a bad position and that resulted in a turnover and eventually the game. They look to turn the page and get back to their winning ways in a Monday night showdown with the Minnesota Vikings.
Vikings: Out of all the undefeated teams that remain, I’ve been impressed with the Minnesota Vikings. With Green Bay getting their regulars healthy, the NFC North was dubbed theirs again but I think people tend to forget that the Vikings won the NFC North last season and it still runs through them. Look at their last two victories and look at who they beat. They contained Aaron Rodgers in week two and took away any type of big play possibility down the field and this past Sunday, they went into Carolina without Adrian Peterson and defeated the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers and sacked Cam Newton eight times and picked him off three times. This is a top five defensive team in the NFL. They can collapse your quarterback’s pocket, they get pressure off the edges and they have a good secondary that can get a takeaway and it also helps when your head coach is a defensive minded guy. They’re back home on Monday night welcoming the Giants to town.
Giants Player To Watch: Larry Donnell– Through the first three games, the Giants trio of receivers have handled their own. We’ve finally seen what Odell and Victor Cruz can do on the field together and Sterling Shepard has been showing he was worth the draft pick. The Giants should try to get some one-on- one mismatches and use Larry Donnell over the middle and in the red-zone early on.
Vikings Player To Watch: Trae Waynes– Let’s look at who he’s had to defend in the last few games. He was back and forth with both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb in the Green Bay game and last week, he held his own when facing Kelvin Benjamin. Now, he’ll have another tough test with defending Odell Beckham Jr.
Prediction: They met last year without Odell Beckham on the field due to his suspension for his role in the fight with Josh Norman and the Giants looked flat without him. The Vikings defense will bring the pressure on Eli all game long and force him to make mistakes. I like the Vikings in this one. Vikings 23 Giants 14.