New York Giants vs. Prediction, Preview & Odds Minnesota Vikings – 01/15/2023

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The Minnesota Vikings host the New York Giants on Sunday in an intriguing playoff opener at US Bank Stadium. The Giants hit the road in this one, having struggled down the stretch but doing enough to get back to the postseason.

For the Vikings, a victory in the finals helped them get back on track heading into the biggest part of the season as well. This also serves as the second time these two have met this season, after the Vikings clinched a three-point victory on Christmas Eve. That one went all the way and there’s no doubt this one won’t end up being similar. The fans will be focused and while they’re in Minnesota again, it could be one of the best games of the weekend.

giants seeking revenge

Just weeks away from losing a close one to the Vikings, the Giants would love to get a win in the biggest matchup this season. The Giants have a losing record on the road, but there’s no question that traveling to Minnesota and going through this similar journey should set this group up well for a rematch. With all that said, though, the Giants really struggle down the stretch, and while the playoffs mark a new beginning, it remains to be seen if this group can shake off their woes. The loss in the final wasn’t too worrying, especially considering all the players they didn’t have, but just two wins in the other seven games leaves a lot to be desired. The Giants were unlucky enough to come away with a loss in Game 1, especially after outscoring the Vikings from a yardage perspective, which should serve to further fuel this team. Youth is a concern, as this is the first playoff game for many of New York’s players, so they will need to focus.

Being able to rest quite a few players last week should help this group quite a bit, especially in a game where depth is a concern. The wide receiver room is still a mess, with Sterling Shepard (knee) still out. Eyes also turn to defense, where Leonard Williams (neck) is questionable for this matchup, as is Azeez Ojulari (ankle). The good news is that there are no massive names on the injury report as they will need everyone for this one.

The Giants barely won the ground battle when these two first met and they know they’ll need to find a way to change that in the rematch. With the fourth best rushing attack in the league, they should be comfortable with their ability to generate some production against Minnesota’s struggling defense. Even with a poor passing offense, Minnesota’s defense, ranked near the worst against the pass, will be left open for some game action success. Expect Saquan Barkley to handle the workload, but if Daniel Jones can find an early connection with one of his young receivers, it could spell trouble for Minnesota.

Vikings aim for title run

Minnesota has drawn quite a bit of attention this season and will be happy to kick off its playoff run at home in this one. Just weeks after a win in the same building against the Giants, Minnesota knows they can’t come out as flat as they did in December. Losing the ground battle nearly cost them in the first meeting and there’s no doubt they’ll try to rectify that with an early emphasis on moving the ball around the ground and winning the possession game in this one. The Vikings are 8-1 at home this season and have turned this into one of the best home-court advantages in the entire NFL. The crowd will be pumping for this one and that alone might be enough to ensure that this one isn’t as close as the first meeting.

Minnesota will be happy not to be in terrible shape from an injury standpoint, which should help them find success in the coming weeks. However, they have two code names to watch out for. Dalvin Cook (knee) is questionable, which could hurt their running game as they look to fix that in the rematch, while Harrison Smith (knee) is also questionable in the secondary.

With the way Minnesota’s defense has played this season, all eyes will be on the Vikings winning this game in a shootout. Ranked near the bottom of the league in most categories, they’ll need to find a way to turn this into a shootout. The lack of running game is a serious concern, but with the passing offense ranked sixth in the league, Kirk Cousins ​​is expected to make plenty of tries. Justin Jefferson has established himself as one of the best receivers in the league this season and the Giants are unlikely to slow him down. One name to watch out for is Adam Theilen, who has struggled of late but remains a dangerous option to add depth to a concern. If the Vikings’ offensive line can hang on, success will come.

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The Giants played one of their best games of the season when these two met for the first time, while the Vikings played one of their worst games. With all of that being said, the Vikings were still able to walk away with the three-point win, and with the crowd probably much more spirited in this one and Minnesota coming out of the gates quicker, getting the win will be easy. The Vikings know that winning the running game battle will be key, and with an early emphasis on running the ball, they should be able to control the clock much better than they did in Game 1. Adding his depth at receiver, playing this one as a shootout will be a big plus, especially given the lack of a passing game for the Giants. Also, according to covers.com, the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings between these two.

Prediction: Vikings (-3)

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The first meeting between these two was around this number and there is no doubt that this one will score high. The Vikings could be without a key force in the secondary and with how poorly their defense has performed in the second half of the season, the Giants are bound to have some success and find some balance on the offensive end. For the Vikings, having one of the best offenses in the league, especially with that much depth in the air, and being at home, will lead to a much more explosive night than when these two first met. Also, according to covers.com, for the Giants, the over is 5-0-1 in their last six games on FieldTurf, while for Minnesota, the over is 6-1 in their last seven games and 6-0 in the last. six home games against a team with a winning road record.

Prediction: Over 48

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Eric Ploch, “Eric P.”

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