At Sports Unbiased we believe in information. We also believe there is no such thing as too much information. With that in mind, we give you at least six collaborative articles per week that will prepare you for the next weeks NFL matchups. The first knowledge grab of the week are the weekly NFL writers picks which is up early each week. Then you can find an in-depth analysis of the week’s marquee matchups in a series we call the 2013 NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis which is now a series of five articles that cover the marquee games of the week and Monday Night Football.These articles will prepare you in time for your office pools or any other venture you might consider.
As part of the NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis series we present the clash between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants. This is a Monday Night Football game to be played at 8:40 PM EST game at MetLife Stadiumas the 0-6 New York Giants host the1-4 Minnesota Vikings. Can the once proud New York Giants and Eli Manning find a way to get their first win of the year? Can Adrian Peterson and the Vikings go on the road and get their second win of the year? Here are the Vegas odds for the game and what the Sports Unbiased In-Depth Analysis Team believes will occur this Monday. The writers taking part are: Mike Santangelo, Josh Madas, “Coach” Mike Fabber, John Yeomans, and Chris Pagliuca.
Vegas Odds (Spread and Over-Under): Giants minus 3 1/2, 47 u
Mike’s Pick: I bet that when they scheduled this match, ESPN was envisioning an epic clash of division leaders/contenders with one of the best receiving duos in the league (Cruz and Nicks) against the top RB in the league (AP). Instead we are going to get a miserable 1-4 team visiting a pathetic 0-6 team, both with all sorts of problems on offense and defense. Really, they should have found some way to get a flex in to these Monday games, allow for changes if things like this happen. On the plus side, there should be a lot of scoring and turnovers to watch Final Score: Giants 43 Vikings 38
Chris’ Pick: Two teams that are having major struggles this year will be facing off on Monday Night Football. The Vikings are learning that hard way this year that Adrian Peterson can’t do it all from them. For the Giants, it’s turnovers and injuries that are killing this team. In most games this year, the Giants were still in the games late, until an Eli Manning interception ended hopes of a win, including week six against the Chicago Bears. However, Brandon Jacobs looked terrific, rushing for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Also, the recent signing of Peyton Hillis could mean a strong running game as long as the offensive line holds up. I see the Giants being able to get a big win here, racking up yards through the air and on the ground. My biggest prediction for this game, Eli Manning, who leads the NFL in interceptions with 15, will not throw one against the Vikings Final Score: Giants 31 Vikings 23
John’s Pick:The bleeding has to stop somewhere for the New York Giants. What better match up then a team that is almost just as messed up as they are in the Vikings. While both defenses have struggled against the pass (ex. Cam Newton torching both teams), Eli Manning is still better than any quarterback the Vikings start. While Adrian Peterson will look like Peterson against a bad Giants defense, Brandon Jacobs will look almost as good against a Vikings defense that gives up four yards a carry. Look for a high scoring messy turnover ridden game that finally ends the drought of wins for Tom Coughlin Final Score: Giants 31 Vikings 24
Coach’s Pick:What a disappointing Monday night game if there ever was such a thing. Two teams that are underachieving this year and are barely relevant in the NFL at this point meet to settle who is worse. The saddest part is the Vikings have one of the best running backs of all time in Adrian Peterson and the Giants have a QB with 2 superbowl rings in Eli Manning but combined this year they have one win! This is almost sickening to watch these teams do so poorly and have all of us questioning good coaches and good players. You cannot point out the area of weakness for these teams because every single position could or more importantly, should be doing better than they are. Both these teams have defenses that have been hit like bug on a windshield of a NASCAR in the straightway, meaning they are beaten to submission. Giants have to be the big favorites in this game but if Freeman starts at QB the Vikings have a fighters chance but Gmen win Final Score: Giants 31 Vikings 24
Josh’s Pick: This is a very uninteresting game. The New York Giants are just awful this season. Nothing seems to be going right for them. Through six weeks, New York has failed to win a single game. If they do not win against the Vikings they may never win. This is an absolutely must win for Eli and the Giants. They better bring their ‘A’ game at home on Monday Night.
The Vikings have had their own struggles this season. On Monday, we may see Josh Freeman make his Minnesota debut which would be a huge spark for them. I expect Adrian Peterson to have a huge game and run all over a weak running defense. Also, watch out for Corderelle Patterson and the Minnesota Special Teams. Patterson has been electrifying in the return game and New York has not been the best at defending kick offs.
Adrian Peterson is clearly the best player in this game, so I am picking Minnesota over New York in a close one Final Score: Vikings 17 Giants 14
There it is, Sports Unbiased has broken down a marquee game in week seven of the NFL season. We have given you analysis, we have given you the odds and we even gave you the possible final score. Trust all the writers, trust a couple of the writers or just trust one. Find you favorites and come back for other editions of the Sports Unbiased marquee matchups. Now go forth and win your office pool, enjoy the game even have some fun on the morning line. Good luck and happy picking. See you next week.
Note: All odds courtesy of Vegas Insider Consensus