The Minnesota Vikings (1-4) invade MetLife Stadium to take on the winless Giants (0-6) in what is being billed as the worst matchup in the 44-year history of Monday Night Football.
Kickoff: 8:40pm Eastern
Site: MetLife Stadium
TV: ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (field reporter)
Radio: WFAN 660AM and 101.9FM Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross (field reporter) Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Ross Tucker (field reporter) SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Min), 86 (NYG). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Min), 86 (NYG)
Weather: Clear, temps in the high 50′s
Referee: Tony Corrente
The Line: Giants by 3 1/2; OU 47
Series: Vikings lead, 13-9, and have won 4 of past 5
Last Game: 12/13/10: Giants 21 at Vikings 3 (at Ford Field, Detroit). New York RBs Brandon Jacobs (116 yards) & Ahmad Bradshaw (103) each rush for 100 yards & TD.
Vikings: DOUBTFUL: CB A.J. Jefferson (ankle) QUESTIONABLE: T Matt Kalil (back), WR Rodney Smith (hip) PROBABLE: DE Jared Allen (ankle), TE Rhett Ellison (knee), RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring), QB Christian Ponder (rib), CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle), C John Sullivan (hand), K Blair Walsh (left hamstring), DT Kevin Williams (knee), WR Jarius Wright (ankle)
Giants: OUT: CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), RB David Wilson (neck) QUESTIONABLE: RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (illness), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), DT Shaun Rogers (knee), S Cooper Taylor (shoulder) PROBABLE: C David Baas (neck), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Corey Webster (groin)
QB Matt Cassel had 2 TDs in only start vs. NYG. QB Josh Freeman threw 2 TDs in only game at NYG. QB Christian Ponder has 6 games with 100+ rating…
Since entering NFL in 2007, RB Adrian Peterson leads NFL with 9,332 rush yards & 81 rush TDs. In past 15, has rushed for 2,081 yards (138.7 per game) & 15 TDs…
WR Greg Jennings has 14 catches for 236 yards (118 per game) & TD in 2 meetings vs. NYG. Has 7 career 70+ yard rec. TDs, tied for most among active players with NYG WR Cruz. Since 2007, is 1 of 2 active players with 15+ avg. (15.5) & 50+ rec. TDs (52).
Rookie WR-KR Cordarrelle Patterson is 2nd in NFL with 33.8 KR avg. & has 105-yard KR-TD…
Since entering NFL in 2004, DE Jared Allen has NFL-best 120.5 sacks. LB Chad Greenway leads team with 43 tackles. LB Erin Henderson is only player in NFL with 2 sacks & 2 INTs…
QB Eli Manning has started 141 consecutive games, longest active streak by QB. Is 7-4 as starter on MNF…
RB Brandon Jacobs rushed for 106 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 13th career 100-yard game. Has rushed for 2+ TDs 13 times. In last meeting, rushed for 116 yards & TD. Is franchise leader with 59 rush TDs…
WR Victor Cruz has 14 catches for 261 yards (130.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 on MNF. WR Hakeem Nicks had 7 catches for 96 yards in last meeting. WR Rueben Randle has 9 catches for 171 yards (19 avg.) & 3 TDs in past 2. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Averaging 16.7 yards per catch in 2013…
DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 8 sacks & 28-yard INT-TD in past 9 in Oct. S Ryan Mundy leads team with 42 tackles. CB Prince Amukamara ranks 2nd on club with 35 tackles & has team-high 5 PD.