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Giants Vikings Game Preview

I think Jesse said it best in our roundtable: We didn’t expect this to be the last game. Maybe the Super Bowl, but not Week 17. But, that’s what happened. There’s one more game to play. One more game to audition for a role next year. What will happen? We’ll find out.


OUT:  DT Chris Canty (knee); CB Corey Webster (knee); RT Kareem McKenzie (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Rich Seubert (knee); DE Justin Tuck (knee); RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankles/foot); WR Mario Manningham (shoulder)
PROBABLE: QB Eli Manning (foot); WR Hakeem Nicks (hamstring); DT Fred Robbins (lower leg)

Of course, Brandon Jacobs and Aaron Ross were placed on IR

OUT: None
DOUBTFUL: DT Jimmy Kennedy (thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Visanthe Shiancoe (thigh); DT Pat Williams (elbow)
PROBABLE:  S Eric Frampton (ankle); G Steve Hutchinson (shoulder); C John Sullivan (knee); CB  Antoine Winfield  (foot)

With Brandon Jacobs out, and Ahmad Bradshaw banged up, we’re going to be seeing a lot of of Gartrell Johnson. But that’s okay, because since EJ Henderson got hurt, the Vikes run D has not been the same. Jasper Brinkley is just lost out there. Johnson is shifty, kind of a Bradshaw-lite. He might have a big day. Of course, the offensive line has to block Kevin and Pat Williams, as well as deal with Jared Allen on the edge. Speaking of Allen, the Giants will have to stop him if they want their passing game to get going. Julius Peppers has some pressure, mostly early on, in the Carolina game. Allen can have a big game. They’ll need a tight end to help out Diehl. I think the offense is trying to do what they did the first drive of the Carolina game–before the penalties/turnovers. Short passes to Nicks and Smith, over the middle. That was working well, and it worked well in the Redskins game. They’ll have to do that again against Minnesota.
Tackle much? The Giants sure didn’t do that against Carolina, and if they want to stop Adrian Peterson, they’ll have to find a way to tackle. None of the going for the ball crap. Go for the man. They also have to about Percy Harvin and Sydney Rice. Both have had great seasons, and our secondary is banged up. They’ll have to get pressure on Favre. Have to make him uncomfortable.Can they do that? I have no idea. Matt Moore had all day to throw. The Vikes have a better offensive line. A lot of it will have to do with how much they want it. Do they want to finish the year strong? Or end this game quickly so they can play some golf. We’ll find out. Hopefully, it’s the former.
The Vikes started out hot, but have lost their last two games. They need to win to lock up the number 2 seed in the NFC. And they need to feel good going into the playoffs. This is an important game for the Vikes. They don’t want to fade going into the playoffs. They are going to try to get Adrian Peterson back on track, which will help save Favre a bit. Obviously, a lot of their woes have come with EJ Henderson hurt, who has become such an important player. The Vikings need to win this game. They’ll come out with both guns blazing. Will the Giants?
The Giants will have to match the intensity of the Vikings. And after last week’s showing, I just don’t see it. FINAL SCORE: Vikings 28, Giants 17.

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4 Responses to “Giants Vikings Game Preview”

  1. BlueFanFla says:

    Assuming that the prediction of a Giant loss puts us at 8-8, and the plethora of of team records at 8-7 and 7-8, what whats the optimum draft position we can hope for. Just wondering how we faare should other tems finish at 8-8 also.

  2. BlueFanFla

    Good call I was going to say the same thing.

    The Draft tie-breaker, I believe is held first and foremost by strength of schedule. That is teams with a worse strength of schedule draft first (because logic would assume that they had a tough time winning against inferior opponets)

    The Giants have played some teams with a lot of wins the Saints, the Eagles (twice) the Cowboys (twice), the Vikings, the Broncos, the Chargers.

    I can’t imagine they have a weak strenth of schedule so many teams will hold the tie-breaker over the Giants if they lose, but if a lot of the 8-7 teams win, the Giants lose, then they will get a better draft positoin, maybe like 13th through 15th if they win, they’ll be one of the first teams out of the playoffs and will probably draft 19th or 20th.

  3. BlueFanFla says:

    Thanks Jesse. Hopefully it will be in the 13-15 range. We need a lot of help, especially on defense.

    Keep up the good work. This is my favorite Giants site. Not only because there are not a lot of people calling each other idiots or morons strickly because they have a differnnt opinion, but mostly because there are a lot of great articles written by insightful authors.

  4. […] I hate to say this, but I really don’t care about the Giants winning this one. 8-8 vs. 9-7 doesn’t matter too much to me. I would rather see the Eagles NOT get a bye, and the Giants a slightly better drafting position. Giants Vikings Game Preview » Giants Gab […]

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