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Minnesota Vikings At New York Giants: First Quarter Open Thread

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Date: 21 October 2013
Location: East Rutherford, NJ
Time: 7:40 PM Central Stadium: MetLife Stadium
TV: ESPN Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 225
Sirius Ch 92
TV Announcers: Mike Tirico
Jon Gruden
Know Thy Foe: Big Blue View
Line: New York -3.5, O/U 47 (thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Giants 30, Vikings 27
Final Score:

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The Minnesota Vikings have the national spotlight tonight, folks. . .and, at this point, our best hope is that they simply don't go out and urinate all over themselves on national television. So, how do they keep from doing that?

1) Get Adrian Peterson going - With a new quarterback in Josh Freeman, the Vikings need to do what they can to help him out, and getting the reigning MVP going early will be a big part of that. The Giants' rush defense is 27th in the National Football League, allowing 123.3 yards/contest. If the Vikings can establish the run game with Peterson early, it will allow Freeman to get more comfortable, and open up the play-action passing game as well.

2) Get to Eli Manning - Given the Giants talent at wide receiver (Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and the emerging Rueben Randle), as well as all of Minnesota's problems in the secondary, the best chance the Vikings are going to have at slowing down the New York offense is to pressure Eli Manning. Manning has had his issues this season, as he's thrown a league-high fifteen interceptions and has been getting sacked nearly three times a game. If the Vikings don't want their secondary to get shredded, then Jared Allen, Brian Robison and company are going to have to bring the heat.

3) Get serious - Last week's performance against the Carolina Panthers was flat, uninspired, and pretty much unacceptable. The playoffs are a pipe dream at best for this team at this point, but if guys want to be a part of this team going forward, they're going to have to put that on display starting this evening. There are a lot of people playing. . .and, quite frankly, coaching. . .for their jobs at this point. That level of intensity needs to be shown starting tonight under the bright lights of Monday night.

We're about an hour and fifteen minutes away from game time in East Rutherford, ladies and gentlemen. We hope that you enjoy the game and that you'll be hanging out with us for the majority of the evening.