This will be the 20th regular-season game between the Giants and Vikings, and because of a quirk in the NFL scheduling system, it is the fourth straight meeting in the last four years -- all of them in Minneapolis.
In fact, the teams have played five years in a row, counting the Giants' 41-0 whipping of the Vikings in the 2000 NFC Championship game. Of the four straight regular-season games, the Giants have won three, including a 29-17 victory last season that snapped Minnesota's 6-0 season start.
Giants: offense 9th (6th rush, 13th pass); defense 14th (22nd rush, 11th pass).
Vikings: offense 1st (10th rush, 1st pass); defense 29th (5th rush, 30th pass)
KEYS TO THE GAME
Coach Mike Tice has had his team practicing in pads this week in an attempt to avoid the mid-season collapse that has seen the Vikings go 4-5 and 3-7 to finish the past two seasons.
How much WR Randy Moss is able to play on his strained hamstring remains to be seen, but Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper still has plenty of weapons and a streak of four consecutive games with 100.0 passer rating or better. With RB Mewelde Moore producing a team-record 610 combined yards the past three games, the Giants can't overload against the deep pass.
That means Giants QB Kurt Warner needs a big game against a Vikings secondary capable of giving one up. Most important is New York's ability to convert short-yardage situations - which RB Ron Dayne has struggled with - and to produce touchdowns in the red zone.