The New York Giants are taking on the Minnesota Vikings this week on Sunday night, December 27, 2015, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Game time is 8:30 pm EDT and the game is on TV on “Sunday Night Football” on NBC with announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth along with sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
This Sunday night NFL game has huge playoff implications especially if the Washington Redskins lose to the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night. Then the Giants would still be alive for a playoff spot and they would need to win this game. The Vikings are almost assured of a playoff spot but they need to win this game to have a chance to play the Packers in Week 17 for the NFC North title and a home playoff game.
- New York Giants +5.5 at Minnesota Vikings (O/U is 45.5)
The New York Giants are 6-8 this season and they are a 5.5 point underdog in the betting odds this week to beat the Minnesota Vikings on the road. The Giants have wins over the Redskins, Bills, 49ers, Cowboys, Buccaneers and Dolphins. The Giants have losses to the Cowboys, Falcons, Eagles, Saints, Patriots, Redskins, Jets and Panthers.
The Giants will be without Odell Beckham Jr. for the game as he serves a suspension for getting three personal foul calls against him in the Panthers game. Giants quarterback Eli Manning has a lifetime record of 97-84 as a starter in the NFL. The Giants have lost seven games this season by a touchdown or less and they blew fourth quarter leads in five of those losses.
The Minnesota Vikings are 9-5 this season. The Vikings have wins over the Lions twice, Chargers, Chiefs, Bears twice, Rams, Raiders and Falcons. The Vikings losses are to the 49ers, Broncos, Packers, Seahawks and Cardinals. The nine teams the Vikings beat this season are a combined 52-74 while the five teams that beat the Vikings are 45-25 this season. Teddy Bridgewater is 15-11 as a NFL starting QB.
The over/under for the game is 45.5 points. The Giants are averaging 27 points scored per game while the Vikings are averaging 21 points scored per game. The Giants defense gives up an average of 26 points per game and the Vikings are giving up 19 points per game.
The Giants are a better team this season than their record indicates since they lost seven games by a touchdown or less and blew fourth quarter leads in five of those games. The Vikings have beat up on bad teams all year and lost to most of the good teams they faced. If Odell Beckham Jr. was playing the Giants would be a good bet in this game as an underdog but without him it’s tougher to pick the Giants. Who will win? Check out this Sunday night game to see.