It's time to kick off our Week 4 coverage by looking back at the history between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants.
Monday marks the 28th meeting between the two franchises. If that sounds low because it feels like the Vikings and Giants square off almost every year lately, it’s because that’s almost true. Despite playing in different divisions, Monday night’s game will mark the twelfth time the two teams have squared off in the last 16 seasons.
Let's take a look at some of the history between the Vikes and G-Men, courtesy of the number crunchers over at Pro Football Reference.
Total games between the Vikings and Giants (including playoffs): 27
All-Time Record: Vikings, 15-12-0 (1-2 in playoffs)
Total Vikings Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 611 (22.6 points/game)
Total Giants Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 529 (19.6 points/game)
Longest Vikings Winning Streak Against Giants: 4 (13 November 2005 - 3 January 2010)
Longest Giants Winning Streak Against Vikings: 4 (16 November 1986 - 9 January 1994)
Most Recent Vikings Home Win In Series: 27 December 2015 (Final score 49-17)
Most Recent Giants Road Win In Series: 13 December 2010 (Final score 21-3. Even though the game was played in Detroit thanks to the Dome roof collapse, it was technically a road game for New York.)
Biggest Vikings Home Win In Series: 37 points, 3 January 2010 (Final score 44-7)
Biggest Giants Road Win In Series: 21 points, 31 October 2004 (Final score 34-13)
Current Streak: Vikings, 1 victory
The Vikings have had the better of the series as of late, winning five of the last seven matchups including last year’s rout. The only two losses during that period were the Detroit game and the Josh Freeman game, both of which should have gigantic asterisks by them in the record book.
Eli Manning has had a rough time against the Vikings in his career, going 2-5 as a starter while completing only 54.1% of his passes and averaging 206.4 yards per game. Manning has thrown as many touchdowns to Giants players as Vikings players in his games against Minnesota—he has only five touchdown passes and five of his 14 interceptions have been returned for touchdowns. Manning has never won in Minnesota. With how the Vikings defense has been playing this season, it might be hard for him to improve upon those numbers.
Sam Bradford has fared pretty well against the Giants in his three games against them. He’s 2-1 as a starter, averaging 310.3 yards per game with four touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 62.3% of his passes.
Will the Vikings continue their recent success against a familiar opponent, or will the Giants figure out a way to solve Zimmer’s defense and give Minnesota their first loss of the season on the national stage? We’ll find out on Monday night.