While the Minnesota Vikings proved their dominance on Monday night, the New York Giants looked like they were falling apart with a frightening flashback to last year’s disappointing season. The Vikings bulldozed through the Giants in their 24-10 victory to the tune of over 60,000 fans at the new U.S. Bank Stadium.
Not all hope was lost as some Giants players showed some resilience. The has to go to the Giants’ running backs with the absence of some key players, including long-time vet Rashad Jennings and former Patriot, Shane Vereen. Orleans Darkwa stepped up as the lead back, with 12 carries for 48 yards and a TD in the fourth quarter. Alongside Bobby Rainey and rookie ,Paul Perkins the running backs proved to be productive in the Giants’ second straight loss. Bobby Rainey was able to play a more crucial role with the absence of Vereen. The 5-foot-8 RB had four carries for 22 yards and seven receptions for 43 yards, finding his niche after taking on an active role. Paul Perkins and thrilled the Giants’ fan base with a 67-yard run with a screen pass. His pass-protection could improve, but it will get better with time.
The loss was filled with disappointing performances after the Giants lost two of their key cornerbacks. With Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie sidelined due to injuries, the secondary was severely lacking. Trevin Wade’s coverage deficiencies were layer out in the open and the Vikings had no problem utilizing it throughout the game. Unnecessary penalties continues to hinder the Giants season as Trevin Wade had a pass interference penalty that lead to the Vikings’ first down. Always one step behind the receiver, Wade proved to be inefficient and right now, Steve Spagnuolo and the rest of the Giants fan base is just hoping that Apple will recover fast.
Odell Beckham also had arguably the worst game of his career and once again, triggered his tantrum like attitude throughout the game. It did not just stop there; he made comments about the league targeting him as well after having to be spoken to by multiple players throughout the game. I don’t know how long they will baby him for, but he seems to be letting his emotions get in the way. Granted, the Vikings limited him to three catches for 23 yards, but he still didn’t need to get into it with Rhodes on the sidelines