Homecoming for Rosenthal

Mike Rosenthal leads the Vikings into his old digs to face his old team, but the Giants of 2005 have a much different look than the group he remembers.

When Mike Rosenthal played right tackle for the Giants, he was the biggest member of the offensive line. When he came to the Vikings, he was the smallest. But, as he makes his first trip back to the Meadowlands since coming to the Vikings via free agency, he'll see a much-too-familiar face.

Rosenthal will be locked up on Mike Strahan, one of the league's best defensive ends and consummate sack-masters. Strahan is once again near the top of the sacks list in the NFL and the unquestioned leader of a Giants defense that has done more than its share to get New York to 6-2 through the first half of the season.

While it will be something of a homecoming for Rosenthal, he knows that his role Sunday will be critical. If he can neutralize Strahan, the Vikings will have a much better chance than the Las Vegas oddsmakers are currently give them. If not, Strahan could be on his way to a game ball and dropping the Vikings to 3-6.

* In 2003, the Giants beat the Vikings to end a five-game winning streak. In 2004, the G-Men won to snap a four-game Vikings win streak.
* All five of the Vikings losses have come to teams that have five or more wins. Their three wins have come vs. teams with a combined record of 6-19.
* The Vikings are still $2.4 million under the salary cap for 2005.
* The Vikings have been outscored 207-130 this season, including a huge 133-34 disparity on the road.
* Moe Williams and Spencer Johnson are both expected to be de-activated for Sunday's game.

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