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Vikings vs Giants MNF Game Preview

Two struggling teams looking to turn their seasons around collide in New York on Monday night, when the winless Giants host the Minnesota Vikings.

The Giants began the week as 2.5-point favorites, despite being 0-6 straight-up and 1-5 against the spread. Giants’ QB Eli Manning has struggled mightily. He’s thrown 15 interceptions already this season.

The Vikings (1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS) are coming off an ugly performance in a 35-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers and have quarterback issues of their own. Matt Cassel got his second straight start against the Panthers in place of ineffective and banged-up Christian Ponder.

But the Vikings also have Tampa Bay Buccaneers castaway Josh Freeman in the mix as they try to reverse an ugly 2-8 ATS trend in 10 recent Monday Nighters.

All five of the Vikings’ games this season have gone OVER the total. The Giants are 4-2 toward the OVER. Minny is 4-1 ATS in five trips to the Meadowlands to face the Giants.

The Giants sit at 0-6 (1-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Vikings are currently 1-4 (2-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? New York is 4-2 OU, and Minnesota is 5-0 OU.

View Minnesota Vikings vs New York Giants Odds and Stats.

Monday Night Football Betting Odds: Those siding with the visitors in this matchup saw the Vikings listed as 2.5-point underdogs at shops such as Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under line for the matchup was at 47 over at Sportsbook.ag, check out both numbers before kickoff today.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 20-rated Vikings taking on the No. 30-rated Giants in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 19-9 win for the Vikings on Monday.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 35-10 result against the Panthers on October 13. The Vikings failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 45 combined points took the game OVER the total. Brandon Jacobs tore up the turf for 106 rushing yards in the latest Giants game, a 27-21 loss to the Bears at Soldier Field.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 17.17 PPG, against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 30 this week at 31.6 PPG. The Giants aerial game is averaging 272.17 yards per game, less than the Vikings secondary allows through the air, 308 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Vikings feature the league's No. 21-rated road run defense, allowing 119.5 yards per game. New York, meanwhile, ranks No. 32 in rushing offense at home.

A few Vikings at Giants trends to consider:
Minnesota is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games
Minnesota is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Minnesota is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
NY Giants is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
NY Giants is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Giants's last 6 games
NY Giants is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota at Green Bay, Sunday, October 27th
New York at Philadelphia, Sunday, October 27th