Giants — 0-3-0-7 — 10
Vikings — 7-7-3-7 — 24
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Another day, another big-time performance from the Minnesota defense.
The Vikings dominated the time of possession and held the Giants to 339 yards in a 24-10 victory over New York (2-2).
Minnesota’s defense intercepted Eli Manning once and held the Giants to just 2 of 12 3rd down conversions. The Vikings offense converted 8 of 16 3rd down chances.
Manning completed 25 of 45 passes for 261 yards, including 67 on a screen pass to Paul Perkins. That play set up New York’s only touchdown, a short run by Orleans Darkwa. Odell Beckham Jr. was held to 3 receptions for 23 yards.
Sam Bradford 26 of 36 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown, a 5-yard strike to tight end Kyle Rudolph. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon both had TD runs for the Vikings, who improved to 4-0 and 3-0 with Bradford as the starter.
Minnesota held the ball for 35:32 compared to 24:28 for New York.
Asiata’s TD Plunge Put Minnesota Ahead Early
Matt Asiata ran it in from 1 yard out to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead with 6:28 left in the first quarter.
The points were the first by Minnesota’s offense in the opening quarter this season.
The Vikings took advantage of a special teams fumble by New York to get great field position. The Giants pinned Minnesota deep in its own territory with Brad Wing punt and forced a 3 and out. Jeff Locke’s punt was muffed by Dwayne Harris and the Vikings took over at New York’s 41.
Sam Bradford completed 3 of 4 passes for 30 yards on the drive.
The 6 play drive took 2:42 off the clock.
Bradford to Rudolph Made it 14-0
Sam Bradford hit Kyle Rudolph for a 7-yard score to extend Minnesota’s lead to 14-0.
The 9 play drive covered 65 yards and 4:56 off the clock.
The touchdown ended a string of 5 combined possessions that ended in punts.
The Giants finally got onto the board with a field goal on the last play of the first half.
The Giants Scored a TD Early in the 4th Quarter
After trailing 17-3 when the teams traded field goals, the Giants got into the endzone early in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Orleans Darkwa.
The TD was set up by a 67-yard reception by rookie Paul Perkins.
Perkins took a screen pass from Eli Manning on the first play of the fourth quarter and took it to the Vikings 4.
The Vikings Answered With Another TD
The Giants cut Minnesota’s lead to 7, but the Vikings answered right back on the ensuing drive when Jerick McKinnon ran it in from 4 yards out and a 24-10 advantage.
New York had just scored to get back into the game, but Minnesota drove 76 yards in 8 plays and 4:18 to take control again with just over 9 minutes left in the game.
The big play of the drive was Sam Bradford’s 40 yard pass to Charles Johnson.
Stats will be updated throughout the game
Passing: Eli Manning 25 for 45, 261 yards, INT
Rushing: Orleans Darkwa 12 carries, 48 yards, TD; Paul Perkins 2 carries, 8 yards; Bobby Rainey 4 carries, 22 yards
Receiving: Sterling Shepard 4 receptions, 30 yards; Odell Beckham Jr. 3 receptions, 21 yards; Victor Cruz 5 receptions, 50 yards; Bobby Rainey 7 receptions, 43 yards; Will Tye 4 receptions, 43 yards; Paul Perkins 2 receptions, 72 yards
Defense: Landon Collins 10 tackles (9 solo); Leon Hall 7 tackles (4 solo); Trevin Wade 6 solo tackles
Passing: Sam Bradford 26 for 36, 262 yards, TD
Rushing: Jerick McKinnon 18 carries, 85 yards, TD; Zach Line 3 carries, 6 yards; Matt Asiata 6 carries, 6 yards, TD; Cordarrelle Patterson 1 carry, 2 yards; Sam Bradford 4 carries, 6 yards; Stefon Diggs 1 carry, -1 yards
Receiving: Stefon Diggs 5 receptions, 47 yards; Kyle Rudolph 5 receptions, 55 yards, TD; Jerick McKinnon 3 receptions, 10 yards; Adam Thielen 2 carries, 21 yards; Charles Johnson 2 receptions, 70 yards; Cordarrelle Patterson 5 receptions, 38 yards; MyCole Pruitt 1 reception, 7 yards; Matt Asiata 2 receptions, 12 yards; Rhett Ellison 1 reception, 2 yards
Defense: Harrison Smith 8 tackles (5 solo); Captain Munnerlyn 8 tackles (7 solo); Xavier Rhodes 1 INT
The New York Giants know very well they could be 3-0 heading into their Monday Night Football showdown with the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Vikings are undefeated and coming off an impressive performance against the Carolina Panthers.
The Giants, on the other hand, led Washington 21-9 in the second quarter but couldn’t hold on in a 29-27 defeat. New York had a final chance to win, but Eli Manning was intercepted with just over a minute remaining, giving the Redskins their first victory of the season.
The Vikings boast one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL, allowing 13.3 points per game, good for second-best behind the Eagles.
The Giants give up 20.3 points and 77.3 rushing yards per contest. They rank fourth in the league in rushing defense and face a Minnesota squad without Adrian Peterson (knee).