The 11-3 Minnesota Vikings and the 8-5-1 New York Giants are set to face off on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota is coming off the largest comeback win in NFL history with a 39-36 win at home over the Indianapolis Colts in overtime. New York is coming off a 20-12 win on the road over the Washington Commanders.
Minnesota leads the all-time series 17-12, including winning the past two matchups. The last time these two faced each other came in 2019 at MetLife Stadium. Minnesota won 28-10.
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Kirk Cousins went 22/27 for 306 yards and two touchdowns. Dalvin Cook ran for 132 yards on 21 carries. He also caught six passes for 86 yards. Adam Thielen caught seven passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
“I feel great. It was huge for the team, huge for the locker room,” Cook said after failing to score a touchdown for the first time this season. “It’s been a long week, there’s been a lot trying to separate us, and I think that just brought us more close as a group. I’m just proud of the guys with the way they fought back, blocked that outer noise, and came in here and played in a hostile environment.”
Danielle Hunter recorded two sacks on defense and had a team-high seven tackles.
For the Giants, Daniel Jones went 21/38 for 182 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Darius Slayton caught four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. Sterling Shepard caught five passes for 49 yards. On defense, Anthony Bethea had a game-high 11 tackles.
Minnesota improved to 3-2 on the season with the win, while New York fell to 2-3. Minnesota finished the season at 10-6 and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs, while New York finished at 4-12.
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Can the Vikings beat the Giants once again? They have a very good chance. Just like all of their wins outside of week one against the Green Bay Packers, this, too, could end up being a very close game.
In the end, a win is a win. However, you have to wonder just how many more close games the fans can take. You can bet the players and coaches also want this to be a blowout win. Sure, close games are always more entertaining, but blowout wins are also very nice, especially when all but one of your wins have been by eight points or less.
The Giants offense averages 20.5 points per game (tied for 20th in the league), which is good news for the Vikings defense, although they have not been very good either. They are allowing 24.9 points per game (28th in the league).
The Vikings offense should put up enough points to win (the Giants defense allows 22.3 points per game – 15th in the league). Can the defense do enough to help pull off their 12th win of the season? It could be another tough win, but they have a great chance of getting another one, regardless of how close it could be.
If this is not the craziest regular season in Vikings history, it is definitely very close.
Prediction: Vikings win 30-23