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New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings: First Quarter Open Thread

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Date: 3 October 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 7:30 PM Central Stadium: U.S. BANK STADIUM~!
TV: ESPN Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 225
Sirius Ch 81
TV Announcers: Sean McDonough
Jon Gruden
Know Thy Foe: Big Blue View
Weather: Indoors, because the game is at U.S. BANK STADIUM~!
Line: Vikings -4.3, Over/Under 43 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 24, Giants 14
Final Score: Vikings 24, Giants 10

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It's the second appearance of U.S. Bank Stadium, and its second game in prime time, as Monday Night Football will see the Minnesota Vikings put their 3-0 record on the line against the New York Giants.

What does the home team have to do in order to remain in the ranks of the undefeated?

1) Keep up the pressure - The Vikings went into Week 4 leading the National Football League in sacks with 15, including 13 in the past two weeks. Everson Griffen has been leading the charge, but others have made contributions to the team's monstrous pass rush as well, notably Danielle Hunter and Linval Joseph. With the Giants having one of the NFL's most dynamic receiving corps, the Minnesota pass rush could be their best opportunity to neutralize the New York offense.

2) Open things up - The Giants come into this one with a number of significant injuries, particularly in the defensive secondary. Sam Bradford has played relatively well in three of his four halves since becoming the Vikings' starting quarterback, and he's starting to get more familiar with the offense and his receivers. With the Giants being short-handed on the back end of the defense, this could be the sort of game that Bradford can truly step up and help the Vikings' offense put a big number on the board offensively.

3) Continue winning on special teams - The Vikings have gotten significant contributions from their special teams this season, and continuing that trend would go a long way towards helping them win this one. Jeff Locke has put together consecutive solid outings, and we've seen big things in the return game from both Marcus Sherels and Cordarrelle Patterson. Blair Walsh is. . .well, we've talked a lot about Walsh already, so we won't go there now. However, if the Vikings can continue being solid in the "third phase" of the game, it would serve as a huge advantage.

We're a little less than an hour away from kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium, folks. Keep your eyes open for a new Open Thread at the start of each quarter!