Minnesota Vikings (3-5) at New York Giants (6-2)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
TV: FOX, Kenny Albert, Brian Baldinger, Jay Glazer
21st meeting. The series is tied 10-10, but the Giants have beaten the Vikings each of the past three seasons at the Metrodome. The teams are 6-6 against each other in New York/New Jersey. The Vikings and Giants have played the last six seasons, but this will be the first regular-season meeting at Giants Stadium since 1999.
Vikings: offense 24th (23rd rush, 17th pass); defense 27th (26th rush, 23rd pass).
Giants: offense 12th (9th rush, 16th pass); defense 25th (9th rush, 28th pass)
KEYS TO THE GAME
With their already beleaguered secondary minus injured CB Fred Smoot, the Vikings, who have allowed a league-high six touchdowns to tight ends, must find a way to deal with Giants TE Jeremy Shockey. To prevent QB Eli Manning & Co. from moving the ball through the air at will, the Vikings, who are back to a 4-3 alignment, must get a strong pass rush.
They also need a strong running game on offense to protect immobile QB Brad Johnson and avoid getting run out of the building after getting outscored 133-34 in their first four road games. But Johnson will need to make some plays downfield, because the Giants' defense is far stronger against the run than the pass.
Vikings: Rookie P Chris Kluwe is second in the league with a 47.1-yard average. No rookie has led the league since Bob Grupp in 1979 (43.6). ... RB Michael Bennett rushed for a career-high 167 yards against the Giants on Nov. 10, 2002.
Giants: Seek third 7-2 start since 1990. They reached the Super Bowl the previous two times. ... Manning has thrown at least one touchdown pass in nine consecutive games.
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