NFC North Game Preview: Minnesota Vikings @ New York Giants

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The big story come Monday night for the 1-4 Minnesota Vikings isn’t whether they win or lose, but rather if quarterback Josh Freeman can prove that he is the future gunslinger of the franchise or if he is more of a byproduct that is no better than Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder. While Freeman is still pretty wet behind the ears as far as knowing the playbook and the Minnesota system, truth-be-told, I don’t see how he can be any worse.

Having running back Adrian Peterson, wide receiver Greg Jennings and tight end Kyle Rudolph should help ease the transition, and with Freeman having a good track record with receivers who have talent such as Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, Freeman could surprise.

But let’s face facts, we are in Week 7 and the Vikings combined with the New York Giants have a total of one win. And what makes matters worse, neither team screams at you with excitement as a much watch anything outside of perhaps Peterson himself.

Injuries shouldn’t play much of a factor on the Minnesota side other than their secondary who is now without safety Harrison Smith who is out for the foreseeable future and cornerback A.J. Jefferson is listed as doubtful.  

With the Vikings ranking nearly dead last in defense, 30th overall in points allowed with 25, the lone bright spot is that they are ranked in the top-1o in points scored. None-the-less, if you play hard this weekend this would be a great Monday to get some additional sleep. Unless you are one of those that like to watch disasters unfolding. 

Sports Book - At the time of this article the Vikings are sitting at a money line of +157 and are getting +3.5 points against the win-less Giants. That’s right people. A win-less team is favored. That doesn’t say much for the Vikings future.

NFC North Division Standings

NFC North Team W L T  Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Detroit Lions 4 2 0 .667 162 140 22 19 2-0 2-2 2-1 .667 3-2 .600 1-0 1W 3-2
Chicago Bears 4 2 0 .667 172 161 11 20 3-1 1-1 1-1 .500 2-2 .500 2-0 1W 3-2
Green Bay Packers 3 2 0 .600 137 114 23 14 2-0 1-2 1-0 1.000 2-1 .667 1-1 2W 3-2
Minnesota Vikings 1 4 0 .200 125 158 -33 14 1-2 0-2 0-2 .000 0-3 .000 1-1 1L 1-4

 

PASSING STATISTICS

Player Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Christian Ponder 100 59 691 59.0 6.9 2 2.0 5 5.0 47 10 44 65.9
Matt Cassel 69 48 489 69.6 7.1 3 4.3 2 2.9 70 4 26 92.0

 

RUSHING STATISTICS

Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Adrian Peterson 102 483 4.7 78 5
Christian Ponder 15 76 5.1 14 2
Matt Cassel 4 12 3.0 7 0
Toby Gerhart 2 11 5.5 6 0
Cordarrelle Patterson 1 0 0.0 0 0

 

RECEIVING STATISTICS

Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Jerome Simpson 23 372 16.2 51 0
Kyle Rudolph 21 200 9.5 23 2
Greg Jennings 20 286 14.3 70 2
Adrian Peterson 14 73 5.2 11 1
Cordarrelle Patterson 8 85 10.6 37 0
Jarius Wright 7 72 10.3 21 0
Toby Gerhart 5 34 6.8 10 0
John Carlson 5 26 5.2 8 0
Joe Webb 3 24 8.0 15 0
Zach Line 1 8 8.0 8 0

 

FIELD GOAL STATISTICS

Player 1-19 A 1-19 M 20-29 A 20-29 M 30-39 A 30-39 M 40-49 A 40-49 M 50+ A 50+ M
Blair Walsh 0 0 4 4 2 2 2 1 2 2
TOTAL 0 0 4 4 2 2 2 1 2 2
OPPONENTS TOTAL 0 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 0 0

 

PUNTING STATISTICS

Player Punts Avg Touchbacks/g IN 20 Long Blck
Jeff Locke 23 46.6 1 5 65 0
TOTAL 23 46.6 1 5 65 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 19 38.9 0 8 56 0

 

PUNT RETURN STATISTICS

Player Returns FC Yds/Ret Long TD
Marcus Sherels 4 9 2.0 6 0
TOTAL 4 9 2.0 6 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 12 7 6.8 28 0

 

KICK RETURN STATISTICS

Player Returns Yds Yds/Ret Long TD
Cordarrelle Patterson 12 406 33.8 105 1
Toby Gerhart 1 19 19.0 19 0
John Carlson 1 1 1.0 1 0
TOTAL 14 426 30.4 105 1
OPPONENTS TOTAL 13 412 31.7 80 0

 

DEFENSE STATISTICS

Player Comb Total Assist Sck Fumb
Erin Henderson 40 32 8 2.0 0
Chad Greenway 43 31 12 1.0 0
Josh Robinson 32 31 1 0.0 1
Harrison Smith 34 29 5 0.0 0
Jamarca Sanford 25 22 3 0.0 0
Chris Cook 14 13 1 0.0 0
Jared Allen 17 12 5 3.5 1
Brian Robison 13 11 2 1.0 0
Marcus Sherels 11 11 0 0.0 0
Xavier Rhodes 11 9 2 0.0 0
Andrew Sendejo 10 9 1 0.0 0
Fred Evans 9 8 1 0.0 0
Robert Blanton 6 6 0 0.0 0
Everson Griffen 7 5 2 1.0 1
Marvin Mitchell 5 5 0 0.0 0
Desmond Bishop 5 4 1 0.0 0
Kevin Williams 4 4 0 0.0 0
Sharrif Floyd 5 3 2 1.5 0
Mistral Raymond 4 3 1 0.0 0
Letroy Guion 5 2 3 0.0 1
John Carlson 2 2 0 0.0 0
Adrian Peterson 2 2 0 0.0 0
Michael Mauti 2 2 0 0.0 0
A.J. Jefferson 2 2 0 0.0 0
Matt Asiata 1 1 0 0.0 0
Larry Dean 1 1 0 0.0 0
Jarius Wright 1 1 0 0.0 0
Joe Webb 1 1 0 0.0 0
Jerome Simpson 1 1 0 0.0 0
Audie Cole 1 1 0 0.0 0
Cullen Loeffler 1 1 0 0.0 0
Phil Loadholt 1 1 0 0.0 0
Gerald Hodges 1 1 0 0.0 0
Greg Jennings 1 1 0 0.0 0
Kyle Rudolph 1 1 0 0.0 0
TEAM TOTAL 332 282 50 10 4
OPPONENTS TOTAL 297 230 67 14 6

 

INTERCEPTION STATISTICS
Player Int Yds Yds/Int Long TD
Chad Greenway 2 23 11.5 23 0
Erin Henderson 2 19 9.5 10 0
Harrison Smith 2 4 2.0 4 0
Kevin Williams 1 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 7 46 6.6 23 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 7 143 20.4 44 1