Now we are entering Week 17 and the Vikes can get a seed no higher than a 2 and no lower than a 4, it just depends on how all the scenarios work out. The New York Giants have plummeted fro, its beginning season form. This sure has been a nightmare month as a Viking fan, heading into December the Vikes were 10-1. Now with December almost done we are leaving it with a 11-4 record, losing back-to-back games against teams with sub-.500 records. The Vikes actually need to get business done and win this week, but at least it is a home game. The Vikes do not have a defeat at home yet this season. Every loss has come on the road. Last week the Vikes decided to show up for the second half and almost pulled off a win against a Bears team that played their best game of the season. With the Vikes hosting the Giants, this is not going to be an easy game by any stretch of your imagination. Minnesota still has to play BOTH halves and the Giants are not going to rollover for theVikes either. The Vikes will have to earn a win this week.What will the Vikes need to do to have at least a 3 seed for the playoffs.
With the Vikes unable to use the run to set up the pass all season. This week, they should do the opposite use the pass to set up the run. In the first half theytryed to rely on the run and the offense did very little. Everyone know what happened in the season half. So this Vikes should do the same this throughout this game. The Giants are banged up everywhere on this team. Favre has been carrying this team for most of the season. Why would it change now?If the Vikes can get the passing game started early, the Giants defense should not have much of a chance against this Vikes team.
Peterson will try to makeup for his fumble. This game should be a statement game for AD for how everything went down last week. Sure we love to see him run defenders over and fighting for the extra yard. But it is hard to watch when AD fumbling quite a bit over the past two years. So hopefully he can fix this glaring issue that he has with putting the rock on the turf.At least it is better than last season with 9. TheVikes will try to be a balanced offense this Sunday. We will see how all that goes, it all depends on who the Giants will try to stop.
On the defense side of the ball, the Giants are without Brandon Jacobs for the game(season) after being placed on IR. Without him the Giants have Ahmad Bradshaw asthier leading running running back. I have no doubt that the Vikes SHOULD take care of the ground game with no problems. Eli Manning will have beat the Vikes in the air. The Vikes pass defense is the hole on this team. The pass rush should appear this week and give Eli no time to do much of anything. If Eli has time, it might be a long game for the defense. Right now the rookie Jasper has been scapegoat of the poor performances by theVikes . This defense has been UP and down all season long.It was a matter of time since they would be exposed. This is why this team is similar to the 1998Vikes, the offense is explosive and the defense just has to do enough to not lose the game.
I am wondering what Vikings team will be showing the team that dominated a Bengals team or the one that was out schooled by Matt More.For theVikes sake they need this win, so they do not limp into the playoffs with a 3 game losing streak.
Have a Happy New Year everyone(well except Eagles Fan)