The Minnesota Vikings travel to the Big Apple to face the New York Giants on Monday night for a prime time battle between two undercheivers. The Giants come in winless, while the Vikings have a single victory and a rudderless ship at QB. Let's take a look at three bold predictions for the upcoming tilt.
1. Josh Freeman shows that the Viking's have a solid receiving corp
The Vikings ship has been rudderless at QB this season with only one decent game among their first 5 when Matt Cassel put together a decent showing in London against the Pittsurgh Steelers. The Vikings brass decided to make a bold decision and they signed Tampa Bay cast off Josh Freeman to try and right the ship.
This week, Freeman will get the nod under center, and it's the Viking's receivers that will benefit from the change. Freeman has the arm to get the ball down the field, and Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright will finally have a QB that can not only get the ball down the field, but one that has the ability to look off a defender and not telegraph the pass to the defense before letting it loose.
Look for the Vikings to air the ball out early and often, and for the coaching staff to finally get rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson at least a couple of attempts at a straight up go route against a suspect Giant's secondary.
2. Eli Manning will have a field day against a banged up Vikings defense
Eli Manning is having a horrible season so far, but facing a depleted Vikings secondary at home will be just the cure for what ails him. Manning has thrown 15 interceptions and only 9 touchdowns in his first six games of the season, but this week the Vikings have CB Chris Cook, S Jamarca Sanford both on the imjury report as probable, and S Harrison Smith is nursing a case of turf toe.
Look for Manning to get back to his winning ways as he hurls the ball down the field to Victor Cruz and Hackeem Nicks with reckless abandon on Monday night. The Vikings defense has been taxed in every game this season as the offense simply hasn't been able to sustain drives, so late in the game a tired and banged up Purple defense will give Eli what he needs to give the Giants their first win of the season.
3. Adrian Peterson will have a monster fantasy day
Although the Giants will emerge victorious on Monday night, this game promises to be a shoot out, and Adrian Peterson will emerge as the fantasy player of the week. With Freeman under center, the Giants will have to play coverage as the Vikings attempt to stretch the field early with Freeman's cannon of an arm. This will mean AP will finally get to face less than 8 men in the box and he will have a huge day. Look for Petterson to rip off at least 2 runs of 40 yards or more this week, and score 3 touchdowns as the Vikings fall to the Giants on Monday night with a final score of 38 - 35.