Setting The Table For The NY Giants

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 30, 2009 – 8:29 am

For the 2nd consecutive season, the Vikings will close out their regular season schedule by hosting the NY Giants at Mall of America Field. And also for the 2nd consecutive season, the Giants enter the season finale against the Vikings with no competitive implications on the line.

Last year in Week 17, New York came to Minnesota with their playoff position solidified. As a result, they pulled several starters in the 2nd half and the Vikings ultimately won the game with a 50-yard FG at the buzzer by Ryan Longwell.

This year in Week 17, the Giants are eliminated from playoff conversation. But don’t expect them to pull starters in the 2nd half to ease the Vikings path to victory. They were embarrassed last week in a 41-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers at home in the final Giants game at Giants Stadium. Then Tom Coughlin was at a loss for words in his postgame press conference. Then he and his players apologized to the fans the following day. Then a Giants alumni player crushed the team for their effort.

Needless to say, the Vikings do not expect the Giants to come in here, roll over and hand the Vikings a victory.

And this is a victory the Vikings need in order to secure a 1st-round bye in the NFC playoffs. Having lost 3 of their last 4 games, the Vikings have relinquished control of the #2 seed to the Philadelphia Eagles. If the Eagles win at Dallas on Sunday afternoon, they get the NFC’s 2nd seed. But if the Eagles falter on the road and the Vikings win at home, the #2 seed goes to the Purple.

While the trio of losses over the past month is a buzzkill, it was encouraging to see QB Brett Favre and Co. get things going in the right direction during the 2nd half of Monday night’s loss to the Bears. The Vikings scored 30 points in the 3rd and 4th quarters and completed a 17-point  comeback before falling just short in overtime. As disappointing as the effort and outcome was in the 1st half Monday night, I’d say the effort and outcome was even more encouraging in the 2nd half.

The Giants, whose defense ranks 10th overall and offense ranks 6th, will pose as a stiff challenge, though. QB Eli Manning is having a career season and RB Brandon Jacobs is a beast who won’t shy away from the Vikings 4th-ranked rushing defense.

On Sunday at noon the Vikings will have a chance to prove that the recent downturn in production is a mirage and the 30-point, 2nd-half outburst against the Bears is reality. And if they can do that, they’ll have a shot at the NFC’s #2 seed and a bye during Wild Card Weekend.

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17 Responses to “Setting The Table For The NY Giants”

  1. By Vikings Fan from Afar (West) on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Please give Chester Taylor at least 50% of the offensive snaps. Please! He is much better as a running back than Adrian Peterson, except right at the goal line.

    Spread out the defense with three wide receivers, a tight end, and Chester Taylor in the back field. Hand it off to the running back and let Taylor, or rarely, Peterson, take advantage of the spread out defense.

  2. By mikewobschall on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    You can’t be serious.

  3. By Dan on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Get that Defense and special teams tightened up in a hurry, or any hopes of a long playoff run are already over…

  4. By Vikings Fan from Afar (West) on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    One more thing. We have missed two extra points this year. They are getting blocked. That is unacceptable.

    Move the holder and kicker back another yard or two on extra points, and very short field goals. That should result in making them all.

  5. By Tony on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Here’s a piece of advice: PLAY HARD FROM THE START ! Don’t spend the first half trying to “feel out the opponent”. The Giants are going to play hard after being disgraced last week. You are payed to play AND coach the WHOLE GAME. Sure, it was great watching the comeback last week but let’s not forget the Vikes put themselves in that position. I personally would like to see Favre run a no huddle offense on the first series to send a message. The game starts at kickoff ladies !

  6. By ed on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Farve won a superbowl and prospered in a 2 tight end set that included Keith Jackson and Chmura. He was able to spread the ball around in the secod half against the Bears but not many of his completions were in the MIDDLE. A two tight end set would also help with blocking, etc. He made good use of this formation and destroyed teams like the 49ers in the Green Bay Championship years by making adept use of this. Also as i watched the game i kept asking myself WHY did the special teams coach keep kicking to Manning? After being burned once, why not just kick it out of the end zone to ENSURE he would not have a chance to return on a special teams unit that was obviosly struggling. But for some reason the kep kicking these short kicks to him . If the return mann is hot, DONT keep kicking it to him. Boot it out of the end zone and give your Defense a chance .

  7. By vikelifer on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Thank you far west I totally agree I’ve been screaming at the T.V for weeks put Chester in there.He was the man before A.P. came around.Or” brainstorm “put them in the same backfield the D won’t know who to key on.Maybe even the ROY Harvin should be back their some times.The staff has all these weapons but have no idea how to use them.One thing for sure if you don’t keep Brett Favre upright your going to lose.They need to get some money back from their O-line.Kudos to Chilly for pulling McKinnie their needs to be accountability even at this level you don’t want to play then have a seat.Thats about the only smart thing Chilly has done lately.Bring me up there Ziggy,I’ll talk some sense into them, they may want to kill me but at least I’ll motivate them

  8. By PAVikesFan on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    I actually wish that the Giants had won last week. I say this b/c it always seems that when teams play a horrible game, the next week they always come back strong and want to prove something. Arizona game, the week before they lost on a 99 yard drive from Vince Young, then the Panthers had nothing to play for, then last week the Bears were coming off a game where they didnt even show up at Baltimore. We will get the Giants best effort. They are a proud franchise and their alumni is upset at the way they played. They will come back with a vengeance this week. If we do not match their intensity, we will lose, truth be told. If Pat Williams is not back, I think they can pound us up the middle with Brandon Jacobs.

  9. By Bob-O on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Sorry to say, but the Vikings will suffer the curse of Chavre (Chilly + Favre). Chilly has his head up his a$$ and Favre has it built into his DNA to throw the killer pick that ends the Vikings playoff run. Watch for the Giants to crush the Vikings, then for Favre to throw the season ending int in the playoffs. As sure as the sun will rise, Favre will kill the Vikings Super Bowl hopes. Then all that’s left is the Chavre brainstorm and stream of consciousness. Sorry, but it’s the truth. Sorry.

  10. By Fansince61 on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Other teams do whatever is necessary to stifle Allen and Peterson. Why didn’t we have a plan for Peppers and Smith? The plays looked predictable and uninspired the first half against the Bears. Couldn’t the coaching staff have done a better job with that? As for the Giants—we need to make sure their key players are accounted for and play with a sense of pride and urgency to ensure the win.

  11. By PAVikesFan on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Not sure why so many people want to bash #4. I keep saying, it’s not all about him. He’s 1 part of the equation. Yes, he may throw a pick in the playoffs, but, we could very well be losing big when he does. If we cant block, tackle, cover, hold onto the ball, then it doesnt matter what he does. You cant put all the pressure on his shoulders, it’s unfair to the man. He’s a human being, he cant magically walk on water, he needs help, just like everybody else. Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen. Tom Brady has Bill Bilichick and had players like Rodney Harrison, Ted Washington, Mike Vrabel, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, Tedy Bruschi. Ben Roethlisberger had the best defenses his years he’s won. Troy Aikman had Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek, a great O-line, and a good defense. Brett Favre has a good RB who fumbles a lot, an offensive O-line who is inconsistent, a defensive line who is inconsistent, a secondary who cant cover, and a head coach who is a mor-on, an OC who calls the wrong plays a lot. So, now, do u still think it’s all about #4?…There’s so much more than him

  12. By Viking-ology on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Don’t blame Favre for the losses or even AP. We haven’t had a good coach since Grant, and with the talent we’ve had over the years…its sad to see teams like Seattle, Tampa, Chicago, Arizona, pass right by us year after year on thier way to the SB. Its been over thirty years! Whats the deal! Well lets see what happens this weekend, but if the Vikes have any chance, to make it to the SB they will need the #2 seed in thier pocket.

  13. By Tony on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Favre has exceeded my expectations this year. Are there really any Viking fans that believe we would be in a better position without him ? The only downside is that this is a short term fix at QB. T-Jack is not a leader and has poor mechanics. Sage may be a pleasant surprise but until Childress gets over his man crush on T-Jack, he won’t have a chance to show what his potential is. Hopefully we grab a solid young QB that has poise and the ability to run a huddle (Matt Moore on Carolina has looked great). Otherwise, it may be another 10 years before we compete again once the Silver Fox retires.

  14. By Travis on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Really, bench AP and Farve…….wow? I am still trying to grasp this.

    Good luck Vikes, we love ya (just win)

  15. By Jim on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    I love the idea of Chester and AP in the backfield at the same time with a 3 wide receiver set. Fake a hand-off up the middle. Then you have a back in the flats and 3 recevers that should be able to run free after everyone bites on the run fake.

  16. By chad on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    the vikes need 2 block betta 4 peterson & favre. The d-line for sum reason aint getting pressure on the qb no more. Kevin williams & ray edwards gata step it up if there gana double team allen all the time. & giv favre some leanancy let him b able 2 make the right decision at the line. N te 2nd half wen they let him loose we started playing like we were n the beginning of the yr…

  17. By NoPCvirusesEverAgain! on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings RULE!

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