We’ve been told that this week’s game vs Minnesota is going to be a reason for football fans to find something else to do tonight. Not so fast. The Giants and the Vikings two teams that still have lots of star players. They both just seem to have gotten outscored and/or found ways to lose this year.
For the Giants, injuries and age have caught up with them. Their weak underbelly has been exposed. Yes, they need to be rebuilt. It doesn’t mean they can’t rise up and bite you now and then. But, in reality, they aren’t a challenger for anything but a top draft pick right now.
But…Eli can hit Victor Cruz at any time for a long TD and the defense can wake up and make a stand on occasion.
The Giants have been replacing the injured and ineffective with players who don’t run from contact. They brought back RB Brandon Jacobs, who has reverted back to his early days when he terrorized defenders.
FB Jon Conner was signed to help open up the running game and protect the passer. 245 lb tailback Peyton Hillis is here to augment the backfield with his physical style of play.
Jon Beason had 12 tackles (11 solo) in his Giants’ debut at MLB last week. Hopefully his energy is contagious…
Minnesota’s main problem is they haven’t had consistent play at the QB position. That could change going forward now that Josh Freeman is in the fold.
The Vikings still have RB Adrian Peterson, the reigning NFL MVP, who has and NFL-high 9,332 rush yards and 81 rush TDs since he entered the league in 2007.
6’6″ TE Kyle Rudolph is an emerging player who was the MVP of the Pro Bowl last January.
On defense they have DE Jared Allen, whose 120.5 sacks are the most in the league since 2004. And LBs Chad Greenaway and Erin Henderson are both considered among the NFL’s best at their respective positions.
Rookie WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson is 2nd in NFL with a 33.8 average on kick returns. In Week 2 vs Chicago, Patterson had a 105-yard return for a TD.
Eli needs 215 yards to pass Phil Simms as the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards.
Jacobs leads the team in rushing with 165 yards. 106 of those were recorded last week in Chicago.
S Ryan Mundy leads the Giants in tackles with 43. DE Mathias Kiwanuka leads the team in sacks with 1.5 (not a misprint, folks). No player has more than one INT.