To start this Monday Night Football matchup, Blair Walsh got to kick the ball away for the Minnesota Vikings, as the New York Giants got the football first. The kickoff went to Dwayne Harris, who got a very good return out to the Giants' 40-yard line. Eli Manning got New York's initial first down on a quick pass to rookie Sterling Shepard to put the Giants into Minnesota territory. A couple of carries for Orleans Darkwa moved the chains again for the Giants, but a couple of penalties put them behind the chains and they were forced to punt it away. Brad Wing did an outstanding job for the Giants, with his punt getting downed at the 1-yard line for the Vikings' first drive.
Minnesota started their drive with a handoff to Zach Line to try to give themselves some space. An incompletion and a short pass from Sam Bradford to Kyle Rudolph led to a three-and-out, and the Vikings brought Jeff Locke in to punt. Locke got off a good one, and Harris muffed the return! Marcus Sherels jumped on the loose ball, and the Vikings got it back at the New York 41-yard line.
The Vikings continued the drive with a swing pass from Bradford to Cordarrelle Patterson to get the ball to the red zone, and the Vikings soon found themselves facing 3rd-and-5 at the 15-yard line. Bradford found Jerick McKinnon to get down to the 9-yard line for a first-and-goal situation. A false start on Brandon Fusco pushed the Vikings back five yards, but the Vikings got it back as Janoris Jenkins was called for pass interference on a pass to Cordarrelle Patterson in the end zone, moving the ball to the 1-yard line for Minnesota. Matt Asiata handled it from there, taking the ball into the end zone for the first points of the evening. Blair Walsh added the extra point, and the Vikings were ahead 7-0.
Walsh's next kickoff went for a touchback, and the Giants got things moving early thanks to a 17-yard run by Darkwa (plus a five-yard penalty on Xavier Rhodes). However, the drive stalled for the Giants, and they called on Wing to punt it away once again. Wing's punt went for a touchback, and Minnesota started their second drive of the evening at their own 20-yard line.
Jerick McKinnon got the next drive started with Minnesota's longest drive of the year, a 25-yarder to get the Vikings near midfield. However, the Vikings couldn't advance further, as a deep pass to Adam Thielen. . .where it appeared he was interfered with, but nothing was called. . .fell incomplete on third down. Locke's punt went into the end zone for a touchback, and the Giants started from their own 20-yard line.
New York couldn't get anything going on their drive, as they went three-and-out, and Wing got to punt it away again. Marcus Sherels got a short return on the kick, and the Vikings started their drive at their own 33-yard line.
As we move to the second quarter, the Vikings are looking at third-and-six from their own 37-yard line after a short pass from Bradford to Rhett Ellison.
After one quarter of play at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings lead the New York Football Giants by a score of 7-0. Come on in and join us for the second quarter of play!