Monday Night Football Week 4 Predictions - N.Y. Giants vs Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings team celebrating during a game

Matthew Jordan

Sunday, October 2, 2016 11:04 PM GMT

It hasn't been a great schedule on Mondays this NFL season thus far with all four games decided by at least 13 points. But I believe we will get a fairly close game this Monday when the Giants visit the Vikings, who are -4 on NFL odds.

Giants What To Watch For

New York (2-1) really blew its Week 3 home game vs. Washington, losing 29-27. The Giants led 21-9 late in the second quarter and still had plenty of time to drive for the potential winning field goal after Washington took the lead with 1:51 left. But on New York's first offensive play of the next possession, Eli Manning threw a bad pass toward running back Shane Vereen that was picked off. The Giants dominated that game statistically but had three turnovers and 11 penalties for 128 yards, not to  mention numerous missed tackles. Essentially, the Giants looked like they did this preseason.

New York also got some bad injury news from that game as Vereen is likely lost for the season to a torn triceps. He had 11 carries for 67 yard and a TD with two catches for 28 yards vs. the Skins. On the season, he had rushed for 147 yards and caught eight passes for 75 yards. The Giants played Washington without featured back Rashad Jennings due to a thumb injury and it's not clear yet if he can play Monday. If not, expect plenty from Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey and perhaps even rookie Paul Perkins.

The Giants secondary is also banged up. Safety Darian Thompson will miss at least one more game with a foot injury and cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple, the team's first-round pick this year, were hurt vs. Washington. Both are questionable vs. Minnesota.

New York is 1-2 ATS on NFL betting odds and 1-2 O/U.

 

Vikings What To Watch For

With all due respect to the also unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles, the class of the NFC through three weeks is Minnesota (3-0). It's a testament to the coaching of Mike Zimmer and his terrific defense that this team is unbeaten despite losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, running back Adrian Peterson and left tackle Matt Kalil to season-ending injuries.

The Vikings were incredibly impressive in their Week 3 22-10 win at defending NFC champion Carolina, snapping the Panthers' 14-game home winning streak. That Minnesota defense picked off Cam Newton three times and sacked him on eight occasions, one leading to a safety. Everson Griffin was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week thanks to his  four tackles (three solo), including three tackles for loss and a career-high three sacks, and nine quarterback hurries.

The Vikings offense had only 211 yards but didn't give the ball away. Sam Bradford hasn't thrown a pick in his two games as the starter. With Peterson out, Jerick McKinnon took over the No. 1  role and had 45 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Minnesota destroyed the visiting Giants 49-17 in Week 16 last year, but consider that New York had been eliminated from playoff contention the day before and star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was out suspended. Manning was picked off three times. Minnesota rushed for 218 yards, 104 of those and a TD coming from Peterson.

The Vikings are 3-0 ATS on NFL week 4 picks and 1-2 O/U.

 

 

N.Y. Giants vs Minnesota Vikings

Give the points here. The Giants have failed to cover their past six road games vs. teams with a winning home record. The Vikings are 7-0 ATS in their past seven vs. teams with a winning road record. 

 

Free NFL Pick:  Vikings -4
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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