What to Watch For: Giants at Vikings

The Giants Beat previews the Sunday night matchup between the Giants and Vikings.

Game Info:

December 27th, 2015

TFC Bank Stadium, Minneapolis MN

Will be televised on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET

Radio channels: Sirius- channel TBD, Internet- channel TBD, XM- channel TBD

as well as other local affiliate stations



Play-by-play Al Michaels, color commentator Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya


Radio Broadcast

Play-by-play Bob Papa, color commentator Carl Banks, sideline reporter Howard Cross


New York Giants:


2015 preseason record: 2-2

2015 regular season record: 6-8


2015 Regular Season Leaders:

Passing: Eli Manning 348 for 546 (63.7 completion %) 3900 yards 32 TD, 11 INT

Rushing: Rashad Jennings 154 rushes for 619 yards, 2 TD

Receiving: Odell Beckham jr. 91 receptions for 1396 yards, 13 TD (suspension)


Carolina Panthers:


2014 regular season record: 7-9

2015 preseason record: 4-1

2015 regular season record: 9-5


2015 Regular Season Leaders:

Passing: Teddy Bridgewater 267 for 403 (66.3 completion %) 2964 yards 13 TD, 8 INT

Rushing: Adrian Peterson 286 rushes for 1314 yards, 9 TD

Receiving: Stefon Diggs 47 receptions for 693 yards, 4 TD


Results of the previous 3 meetings:


October 21, 2013: (HOME) Giants win 23-7

December 13, 2010: (AWAY) Giants win 21-3

January 3, 2010 : (AWAY) Giants loss 44-7



Key Matchups:


Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson vs. Giants LB’s


Once again Peterson is leading the league in rushing, and the Giants will need to try to contain Peterson to corral the much-needed win.  With Devon Kennard out, Jon Beason and the rest of the linebacker group will need to limit AP’s production. Forcing Teddy Bridgewater into 3rd and long situations could be key for the Giants.



Vikings Offensive tackle Matt Kalil vs. Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul


JPP has had trouble bringing down the quarterback, but not much of a problem getting there. He has been pressuring the quarterback at a high rate since returning to the field.  Kalil is a solid tackle, but will need to halt JPP’s pressure this weekend.  



Interesting Notes and Key Facts:


Odell Beckham jr is suspended for the game on Sunday and will not play.


Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing yards with 1314. The Giants have had some success in their past two meetings, limiting him to 54 yards on 27 carries.


The Vikings are 6-2 in games decided by 10 points or fewer. The Giants have not had the same success in close games where they are 3-7 in those contests.







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