Vikings-Giants game scout

Get the essentials for Sunday's game between the Vikings and Giants, including keys to the game, series history and several notes on each team.

Sunday
Chicago Bears (6-9) at Detroit Lions (2-13)
New England Patriots (10-5) at Houston Texans (8-7)
Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8) at Cleveland Browns (4-11)
Atlanta Falcons (8-7) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-12)
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7) at Miami Dolphins (7-8)
San Francisco 49ers (7-8) at St. Louis Rams (1-14)
Indianapolis Colts (14-1) at Buffalo Bills (5-10)
New Orleans Saints (13-2) at Carolina Panthers (7-8)
New York Giants (8-7) at Minnesota Vikings (11-4)
Philadelphia Eagles (11-4) at Dallas Cowboys (10-5)
Green Bay Packers (10-5) at Arizona Cardinals (10-5)
Kansas City Chiefs (3-12) at Denver Broncos (8-7)
Tennessee Titans (7-8) at Seattle Seahawks (5-10)
Washington Redskins (4-11) at San Diego Chargers (12-3)
Baltimore Ravens (8-7) at Oakland Raiders (5-10)
Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) at New York Jets (8-7)


New York Giants (8-7) at Minnesota Vikings (11-4)


KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
GAMEDATE: 1/03/10
SURFACE: Artificial turf
TV: FOX (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa)

KEYS TO THE GAME

The Vikings are working on getting RB Adrian Peterson more touches, but he hasn't reached 100 rushing yards for six consecutive games as the run blocking has deteriorated. The Giants could provide the solution after getting run over for 247 yards by Carolina. Without the consistent threat of Peterson popping big runs, opponents have successfully alternated between pressuring QB Brett Favre and dropping more defenders into coverage.

Defensively, Minnesota's once-impenetrable run defense has taken a hit since losing MLB E.J. Henderson for the season. With RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) out, Ahmad Bradshaw will lead the charge on the ground if he's able to play through multiple injuries, while QB Eli Manning will also target rookie replacement Jasper Brinkley in coverage.

FAST FACTS

Manning is 0-3 with two touchdowns and eight interceptions in three career games against Minnesota.

Peterson is averaging 4.3 yards per carry at home.

VIKINGS

  • This will be the 10th game between the Vikings and Giants in the past 10 years with 2006 being the only season the two teams did not meet in either the regular season or the playoffs.

  • K Ryan Longwell's last-second 50-yard field goal against the Giants last season clinched the NFC North title and a playoff berth for the Vikings in 2008.

  • In the 2005 game between the teams, the Vikings became the first team in NFL history to score on an interception, punt and kickoff return in a game. Safety Darren Sharper tied the Vikings record with three interceptions in the game and set a team mark 123 return yards.

  • The Giants handed the Vikings perhaps their most memorable playoff loss in the 2000 NFC title game, when New York cruised to a 41-0 victory at Giants stadium.

  • QB Brett Favre can move into a third-place tie in Vikings history for the most passing touchdowns in a single season with three more. Favre's 29 on the year currently ranks fifth, trailing Daunte Culpepper (2000) and Warren Moon (1995). Both of them had 33 in a season.

  • RB Adrian Peterson can move into sole possession of second place in Vikings history for the most combined touchdowns (rushing/receiving) in a single season with one more. Peterson's 17 touchdowns are tied for second, trailing Chuck Foreman's 22 in 1975.

  • WR Percy Harvin needs only 15 rushing yards to break the team mark for the most rushing yards by a rookie wide receiver. Harvin has 113 rushing yards and Bob Grim had 127 in 1971.

  • Harvin needs 22 combined yards to pass running back Adrian Peterson's record for most combined yards in a rookie season (2,021). Harvin has 2000 on the season.

    GIANTS

  • QB Eli Manning has 3,880 yards and 27 touchdowns, making him the first Giants quarterback to reach those numbers five straight seasons. Manning needs 194 passing yards to set the team's single-season record currently owned by Kerry Collins, who has 4,073; and three touchdown passes to join Y.A. Tittle as the only Giants quarterbacks to throw at least 30 touchdown passes.

  • RB Ahmad Bradshaw has rushed for career-high 765 rush yards and seven touchdowns. With Brandon Jacobs out for this week's game, Bradshaw could get his first career start.

  • WR Steve Smith leads the NFC with 97 receptions, which is a new team single-season high. Smith needs 37 yards to become the fourth Giants receiver to achieve 1,200 receiving yards.

  • DE Osi Umenyiora has recorded four sacks and a forced fumble in his last two appearances against the Vikings. If he can get at least two sacks this weekend, that will be his third game in a row with multiple sacks against the Vikings.

  • CB Terrell Thomas leads the Giants in interceptions (5), tackles (79) and passes defensed (13).

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