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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 AM 北京时间5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST7:30 PM CT4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET23:30 , October 3, 2016
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 66,690

Vikings, Giants face off in battle of backup RBs

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New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings

  1. The Giants lost a heartbreaker, 29-27, to the Redskins at MetLife Stadium in Week 3, but at 2-1, are still off to their best start since posting the same record through three games in 2012. The last time New York began a season with three wins in its first four games was also the last time the G-men made the playoffs -- 2011.
  2. Minnesota throttled the defending NFC champs, 22-10, at Bank of America Stadium in Week 3, and are 3-0 for the first time since 2009. The Vikings have started a season with three straight wins eight times in franchise history, and have made the playoffs in seven of those campaigns.
  3. The Vikings punished the Giants, 49-17, last season (Week 16) at TCF Stadium, beating New York for the fifth time in the clubs' last seven meetings. Dating to 2007, Minnesota has scored 40+ points three times its last six games vs. New York -- tied with New Orleans for most of any NFL team over the last 9+ seasons.
  4. Eli Manning threw for 350 yards and a touchdown, but was picked off twice by the Redskins in last Sunday's setback. Including each of his last two outings, Manning has recorded 350+ yards passing 20 times in his career, and is just 7-13 in those contests.
  5. Sam Bradford was 18-of-28 for 171 yards and a touchdown (0 INT) in Week 3, picking up his second win in as many starts as a Viking, and extending his streak without getting picked off to 86 consecutive pass attempts (dating to Week 17 last season). This year marks the first time in his NFL career that Bradford has won his first two starts in any season.
  6. Minnesota had just 58 yards on the ground without Adrian Peterson in the lineup last week, and enters Week 4 averaging an NFL-worst 51.0 rush yards per game this season. The Vikes' 153 rush yards in 2016 is their lowest total through three games in any season all-time.
Team Comparison

New York
21.0 Points 21.3
308.3 Pass Yds 231.0
99.0 Rush Yds 51.0
1 Takeaways 9

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nearly a month ago, the Minnesota Vikings lost their starting quarterback and hastily traded for another.

Nearly two weeks ago, the Vikings lost their star running back and a key offensive lineman.

However, Minnesota hasn't lost a game in more than eight months.

Heading into their Monday night matchup with the New York Giants (2-1), the Vikings (3-0) qualify as one of the early surprises in the NFL. They topped the Tennessee Titans before earning surprise wins over the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers despite an unimpressive offense that is now led by a quarterback who didn't arrive in Minnesota until the preseason ended.

For these Vikings, it is not about offense. With running back Adrian Peterson gone and new signal-caller Sam Bradford doing just enough to move the ball, Minnesota is winning thanks to defense and special teams.

Coach Mike Zimmer -- a defensive specialist during his six years as an assistant with the Bengals -- has a defensive unit that heads into the Giants matchup averaging an NFL-best five sacks per game and is tied for second in interceptions.

The Vikings' defensive unit insists it isn't focusing on its own press clippings, instead doing its homework on the Giants and quarterback Eli Manning.

"We've got our hands full," said Vikings defensive back Harrison Smith, who had a 35-yard touchdown return after intercepting Manning in late December when the Vikings won 49-17 -- a Giants loss that all but sealed the fate of since-dismissed former coach Tom Coughlin. "They've got a bunch of very talented receivers that pop out on film, so there's definitely a lot to do this week. Anytime you play a quarterback like that, it challenges you."

Last year, the teams played outdoors on a cold winter night in Minnesota. This year, the Vikings' sparkling new U.S. Bank Stadium is the site, and conditions will be perfect under the glass roof.

The Giants' three-headed tandem of wideouts is sure to test the Minnesota defense on the turf, with rookie Sterling Shepard joining Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. as deep threats. Shepard, a second-round pick from Oklahoma, caught five passes last week, including his second pro touchdown.

While Peterson's absence means that the Giants run defense will get a potential break, there are sudden question marks in the New York backfield as well.

In a 29-27 home loss to the Washington Redskins last Sunday, New York running back Shane Vereen was lost, likely for the season, to a triceps injury. That means the Vikings won't be the only team with a "running back by committee" approach.

The Giants' Orleans Darkwa and the Vikings' Jerick McKinnon aren't the running backs one would normally expect to delight a national TV audience, but both teams will battle with what they have.

"Orleans always runs hard," Giants guard Justin Pugh said. "Even going back to last year, he puts his head down and he's going to get some yards. I'm excited for him to get the opportunity. That's huge, that's something that you dream about, to be the starting running back. He's going to have his chance on 'Monday Night Football.'"

In addition to Manning's two interceptions during the Washington loss, the Giants' other glaring issue was penalties. New York was flagged 11 times for 128 yards, a trend that first-year coach Ben McAdoo knows cannot continue.

"We knew (the referees) were going to throw the flags, and throw them early and often," McAdoo said. "We need to be a more disciplined football team, and we'll get that fixed.

"Yes it's disappointing. We need to be better than that, we are better than that, we need to address it this week, and we're going to fix it."

The Vikings had similar troubles in their only other home game, a 17-14 win over the Packers in Week 2, when they were penalized 13 times for 137 yards. That was an error Zimmer vowed to correct as the season goes along.

For non-division rivals, there is plenty of recent history between the Giants and Vikings. The Monday game will be the 12th regular-season meeting in the past 16 seasons. Perhaps the most famous Vikings-Giants matchup determined the 2001 NFC title, when New York advanced to the Super Bowl via a 41-0 blowout of Minnesota in the Meadowlands.

"They're playing good football," Manning said of the Vikings. "We'll have to see if we can get back on track and play some better football."

Updated September 28, 2016

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