Kickoff Time: 7:40 CT
TV Channel: ESPN (Broadcast locally on WCCO- 4)
Radio: KFAN-FM 100.3/KTCN-AM1130
Livestream: ESPN 3/Watch ESPN
Both The Minnesota Vikings (1-4) and the New York Giants (0-6) seasons have been less than exciting, but the two teams are going to meet on Monday Night Football. The Vikings are putting their faith, and are hoping for a second win this season with their new quarterback Josh Freeman. As for the Giants— well they just want their first win.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is looking to make history in tonight’s game. If he can get 103 rushing yards against the Giants on Monday night, Peterson will become the Vikings franchise leader in career rushing yards on Monday Night Football. Peterson currently ranks third in team history in this category with 527 yards on MNF, a total that is 74 yards behind Robert Smith’s 601 and 102 behind Chuck Foreman’s 629.
The Vikings defense has not been looking good this season. We have lost some key defenders and have more serious injuries than others. Linebacker Desmond Bishop who had his first start last Sunday, is now out for the season with a torn right ACL. Safety Harrison Smith, who is one of the team’s top defensive players, has suffered what Frazier has called a “turf toe” injury and his prognosis is unknown for now. And rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes sprained his ankle and was eventually forced out of the game, his status is unknown as well.
The Giants may be 0-6, but this is not the kind of offense you want to go against while being short-handed in the secondary. Quarterback Eli Manning and their receivers – Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks – can punish even the healthiest secondary. Facing that quarterback-receiver group and possibly being short-handed while doing so means the Vikings defensive needs to come up huge this week, just like they did a few weeks ago in London when they faced while the Pittsburgh Steelers were missing starters in the secondary.