Vikings-Giants game scout

The Giants haven't forgotten the score of last year's matchup against the Vikings, and stopping Adrian Peterson is the best way to limit Minnesota's offense.


New York Giants (8-4) at Minnesota Vikings (5-7)

KICKOFF: Monday, 7:20 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Ford Field in Detroit
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver

KEYS TO THE GAME

Just over 11 months ago, the Vikings scored 44 straight against the Giants in a 44-7 win. That offense is unlikely to make an appearance with Brett Favre questionable with a sprained shoulder. RB Adrian Peterson will be the focal point, whoever the quarterback is.

The Giants' defensive line runs deep with pass rushers, including DEs Osi Umenyiora (four sacks in past two vs. Vikings) and Jason Pierre-Paul (four sacks in past two games).

The Vikings have size up front to slow Giants RB Brandon Jacobs, but quick and shifty Ahmad Bradshaw presents a greater challenge. New York banks on that ground game, especially if QB Eli Manning's receiving corps remains depleted.

FAST FACTS

  • Manning needs 18 passing yards to reach 3,000 for the sixth consecutive season.

    Favre has a 113.4 rating in his past six games against the Giants.

    VIKINGS

  • Running back Adrian Peterson has 51 rushing touchdowns in his four seasons, putting him one behind Bill Brown and Chuck Foreman for the franchise record. Brown had 52 rushing touchdowns in 180 games, and Foreman did it in 94 games.

  • The Vikings had 68 penalties through their first 10 games, but over the past two weeks, they have been called for seven penalties. That is the fourth-lowest among all teams in that time.

  • Joe Webb became the first quarterback in the Vikings' 50-year history to return a kickoff when he ran back the opening kick last Sunday against Buffalo.

  • Brett Favre threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns in the Vikings' 44-7 victory over the Giants on Jan. 3, 2010, at the Metrodome in the 2009 regular-season finale. Favre was 25-for-31 and had a 148.7 passer rating.

  • Ryan Longwell's 50-yard field goal as time expired in regulation lifted the Vikings to a 20-19 victory over the Giants on Dec. 28, 2008, giving Minnesota the NFC North title and a playoff berth.

  • In the Vikings' 24-21 victory over the Giants on Nov. 13, 2005, Minnesota became the first team in NFL history to score on interception, punt and kickoff returns in a game. Safety Darren Sharper tied the Vikings' record with three interceptions and set a team record with 123 return yards.

  • The Vikings have a four-game winning streak against the Giants.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 276 — Touches Adrian Peterson has this season without losing a fumble. Going into this season, Peterson had an NFL-high 20 fumbles (13 lost) in the regular season since entering the league in 2007. Peterson's last lost fumble was on Dec. 28, 2009, at Chicago.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "Hits add up. It's like those body shots in boxing. The first few might not get him, but the next thing you know, the guy is rattled. They all add up." — Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, on the importance of getting to the quarterback even if the result isn't sacks.

    GIANTS

  • With the Giants committed to keeping Brandon Jacobs as their starting running back for at least this week, former starter Ahmad Bradshaw, who lost the starting job in part due to his issues with ball security, said he thinks he has a handle on what was causing the problem and how to rectify it.

    "Most of my fumbles have been when a defender has been able to get a hand right on the ball and pull it out," he said. "That's something you really can't stop — the defender from reaching in to grab it."

    What Bradshaw can do, however, is adjust his body when he's fighting for that extra yard.

    "All you can do is not give them a bigger target to grab or hit when you're trying to make that extra effort," he said. "If you do that, you can do a better job of keeping the ball more covered so that the defender can't get a finger on the ball."

    His new approach has worked so far, as a Bradshaw has gone two consecutive games without a fumble.

  • Eli Manning needs just 18 more passing yards to reach 3,000 for the sixth consecutive season. He would become the only Giants signal-caller to accomplish that feat five years in a row.

  • The Giants are 9-1 when RB Brandon Jacobs rushes for at least 100 yards in a game.

  • Mario Manningham has recorded 10 career touchdowns; of those, eight have gone for 20 or more yards. Manningham is averaging 26.5 yards per touchdown reception in his career.

  • Defensive end Osi Umenyiora has four sacks and a forced fumble in two career starts against Minnesota. He is looking to record his third straight game with two or more sacks against the Vikings.

  • Cornerback Terrell Thomas has recorded two games in a row with an interception and a forced fumble. He will be looking to extend that streak this week against Minnesota.

  • Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who has posted two sacks in each of his last two games, is the only Giants rookie defender in franchise history to record two-plus sacks in consecutive games.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 0 — Games QB Eli Manning has won against Minnesota in his career. Manning has appeared in five games against Minnesota, starting four. In his four starts, Manning completed 72 of 139 passes (51.8 percent) for 824 yards, two touchdowns, nine interceptions and a passer rating of 47.8. He has also been sacked nine times for a loss of 75 yards.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "I certainly wish you guys would stop talking about that." — Right guard Chris Snee, when asked about the offensive line's five-game streak in which it has not allowed a sack of quarterback Eli Manning.


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