There is no game on the weekly NFL schedule like Monday Night Football, and here at Bankroll Sports, we are keeping close tabs on all of the MNF games this year and taking our weekly look at the Monday Night Football game this week!
Note: All Monday Night Football games can be seen on ESPN, and all MNF kickoffs are slated for 8:30 p.m. (ET), except where noted.
Week 1: Phiadelphia Eagles 33 @ Washington Redskins 27
Week 1: Houston Texans 31 @ San Diego Chargers 28
Week 2: Pittsburgh Steelers 10 @ Cincinnati Bengals 20
Week 3: Oakland Raiders 21 @ Denver Broncos 37
Week 4: Miami Dolphins 17 @ New Orleans Saints 38
Week 5: New York Jets 30 @ Atlanta Falcons 28
Week 6: Indianapolis Colts 9 @ San Diego Chargers 19
Week 7: Minnesota Vikings @ New York Giants
Week 8: Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams
Week 9: Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
Week 10: Miami Dolphins @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 11: New England Patriots @ Carolina Panthers
Week 12: San Francisco 49ers @ Washington Redskins
Week 13: New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks
Week 14: Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears
Week 15: Baltimore Ravens @ Detroit Lions
Week 16: Atlanta Falcons @ San Francisco 49ers
This Week’s Monday Night Football Game Preview
Minnesota Vikings +3.5
New York Giants -3.5
With just one win between the two teams, the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants definitely aren’t providing the sexiest matchup on the docket, especially not for a Monday Night Football game. However, this is the game that we are tasked with this week, and we don’t expect it to be pretty.
Three of the main players in this game that will be racking up stats were free agents earlier this year. QB Josh Freeman for Minnesota is obviously the big one, as he is going to be making the start on Monday for the first time in his career outside of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, some forget about RB Brandon Jacobs and the newly acquired RB Peyton Hillis. These are really the only two guys in the backfield for the Giants that can carry the football, and as long as they keep two arms around the rock and don’t put it on the ground, Head Coach Tom Coughlin isn’t going to care.
The recipe for both these teams is very simple. Minnesota has to run the ball and force turnovers, real weaknesses of the Giants. The G-Men absolutely cannot stop turning the ball over, and the end result is game after game of disappointment. The ground attack ranks 26th in the league on the defensive side, and we don’t see things getting any better against RB Adrian Peterson. On the other side of the ball, the Giants have to put pressure on Freeman and make him use some of the playbook to beat them. There can’t possibly be that much chemistry between Freeman and his receivers. Playaction bombs seem to be the most effective play in the arsenal, and the only way to take that away is by taking away All Day. If AP goes off for 30 carries and 220 yards, this game won’t even be remotely close, and it will be the third in a row in which the boo birds are gawking at the Giants the whole night at home.
Minnesota has won four of the last five games in this series, including taking two straight here in the Meadowlands. However, the Giants won the most recent meeting 21-3, and they held the Vikes down to just 161 yards in the game in 2010. If that’s what happens again, New York will surely get its first victory of the campaign.
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