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Is Today the End. . .or the Beginning?



Date: December 28, 2008 Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 12:00 P.M. CST Stadium: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
DirecTV Ch. 709
Know Thy Enemy: Big Blue View
Gonzo's Prediction: Vikings 24, Giants 20
Final Score: Vikings 20, Giants 19

Well, as I suspected, sleep was minimal last night. This game has, obviously, moved to the forefront on the list of biggest games of the Brad Childress era, largely because we still don't know what the Giants are going to do in this one. The more I think about it, the more I think that Tom Coughlin is going to rest a lot of his guys, which would play to Minnesota's advantage.

Really, there's not a hell of a lot that can said about this game that hasn't already been said repeatedly all week long. The Vikings need to win this football game. My score prediction may be crazy, homeristic hope more than anything else, but I'm hoping that it happens. The Vikings CAN win this football game. . .the Giants have certainly not been stellar against the run recently, which is obviously Minnesota's strength. The Vikings need to continue doing their best against the run, regardless of how many of the heads of the Giants' three-headed running back monster see action today, and they need to take advantage of New York's banged-up offensive line to get pressure on Eli Manning, David Carr, or whoever the Giants trot out there at quarterback this afternoon.

Offensively, it's a matter of ball security for the Vikings. Adrian Peterson needs to hold on to the damn football, and Tarvaris Jackson needs to continue making the solid decisions that he's made with the football over the last 2 1/2 games since taking over for Gus Frerotte.

We'll also be doing some scoreboard watching this afternoon, primarily the following games:

Chicago at Houston - Obviously, because the Vikings can clinch the NFC North if the Texans should win this one.
Detroit at Green Bay - Because it would be hilarious as hell if the Lions were to get their first win this year at the Packers' expense.
Oakland at Tampa Bay - Tampa could potentially be a first-round playoff opponent for the Vikings. . .as could Dallas, Chicago, or Philadelphia.

Let's get it done, ladies and gentlemen. . .and keep your eyes out for links to new game threads, since we'll be breaking this one up this week, given the number of comments we got in the last one and the lag that it caused.