NFL week four action will be taking place in Minnesota. Two teams that are off to solids starts to the season will go head to head, as the New York Giants will take on the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants will look to bounce back from their first loss a week ago, while the Vikings will try to keep their record unblemished.
The Giants will head on the road for the first time since week one. That first road game saw the club just eek out a win against NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, by a score of 20-19. After another close win in week two against the New Orleans Saints, the Giants luck ran out last week. Divisional foes, the Washington Redskins, came to the Meadowlands and were able to take down the G-Men by a score of 29-27.
It will be interesting to see how the team responds to such a close loss within their division. Starting running back, Rashad Jennings, who missed last week, is listed as questionable with a thumb injury and is not expected to play. The team also lost running back Shane Vereen to a triceps injury last week, which means Orleans Darkwa could see an expanded role once again. Darkwa, who ran for 53 yards and a touchdown, will be going up against a formidable Vikings defense. The Giants may be relying on the passing game, with Eli Manning throwing to the likes of one catch wizard Odell Beckham Jr, rookie Sterling Shepard and salsa-dancing Victor Cruz.
As for the Vikings, they are coming off two highly impressive victories. In week two, the team had their first home game in their new stadium and took down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers by the score of 17-14. That was Sam Bradford’s first game as the team’s starter, and receiver Stefon Diggs had a monster game. Then in week three the team went on the road and took down one of the preseason Super Bowl favorites, the Carolina Panthers, by the score of 22-10.
So will this be a hangover game for the Vikings? I thought that was going to be the case last week, but they obviously proved that was not the case. Their defense is arguably the best in the NFL and will keep them in every game they play. Bradford and Diggs will look for more of that week two magic against a much improved Giants defense.
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Here is where you can watch the game live Monday night.
Date: Monday, October 3
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. (EST)
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Stream 1