Giants Have Vikings' Number

The Vikings have a horrendous road record in the last three years, but they've struggled just as much when they've played the New York Giants at the Metrodome.

The Vikings will be attempting to get over two hurdles this week as they prepare for Sunday's game against the Giants in the Meadowlands.

Not only has coach Mike Tice's team been awful on the road, but Minnesota also has lost to the Giants each of the past three seasons and four times in the past five meetings.

"We're looking at everything," Tice said. "We've had a lot of problems with a lot of teams on the road."

Tice isn't kidding. The Vikings have been outscored 133-34 in losing all four road contests this season, and are 8-21 under Tice away from the Metrodome.

But that's what makes their recent lack of success against the Giants even more curious. All three losses have come in Minnesota and two of them started the Vikings on tailspins that cost them playoff berths.

In 2003, the Vikings got off to a 6-0 start before losing 29-17 to New York. That began a four-game losing streak, and the Vikings only won three of their final 10 games as Green Bay rallied to take the NFC North title.

Last season, the Vikings were 5-1 when the Giants visited. New York won 34-13, starting a three-game losing streak for Minnesota. Once again, the Vikings only won three of their final 10 games.

Minnesota has beaten the Giants only once since the 2000 season, when New York crushed the Vikings 41-0 in the NFC Championship Game.

"The win-loss record speaks for itself," right guard Adam Goldberg said. "They do seem to have our number recently. I don't know what the deal is, but we're intending on breaking that streak."

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