Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants 10/21/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: New York Giants 23, Minnesota Vikings 7
October 21, 2013
The Week 7 edition of “Monday Night Football” looked like a pretty good matchup on paper, even though the two teams’ overall records were pretty unimpressive. The Vikings came into this one with just one victory, reeling from a 25-point loss to the Panthers in Week 6. They went to MetLife to visit the winless Giants, who dropped anther one to the Bears two Thursdays ago. Despite the less-than-stellar performances leading up to the game, there were plenty of storylines mixed into this matchup.
Let’s take a look at the numbers and the key players from the game and try to determine exactly what went wrong (or right) for each team. Afterward, we’ll look forward to Week 8 to see what’s on tap in the coming days.
What Happened: Though it wasn’t quite a concerto of efficiency, the Giants got the job done here. Minnesota looked like they’d be hanging in there early on, after a big 86-yard punt return that made it 7-3 after the first quarter. New York struck back in the second, with a 24-yard TD pass from Eli Manning to Reuben Randle to make it 10-7 at the break.
After halftime it was all Giants. In the feel-good story of the night, former superstar Peyton Hillis scored on a 1-yard run that put his team up 17-7 heading into the fourth quarter. New York would add a pair of field goals to take it 23-7.
The win was the Giants’ first of the year, and they improve to 1-6. The Vikings, meanwhile, drop to 1-5.
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The Stars: To be honest, there was really no breakout star here, as it was kind of a “meh” game in a lot of ways. We’ll definitely give Giants kicker Josh Brown his due, as he was a perfect 3-3 on field goals. Manning was at least reasonably efficient, with a 23-for-39 line for 200 yards and one passing score.
The Giants defense did a good job in shutting down star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. They were also able to post a sack, two fumble recoveries, a pick and 13 hits on new Minnesota QB Josh Freeman.
The Goats: Speaking of Freeman, he was obviously rusty in his return to action. He finished with a 20-for-53 line for 190 yards and no scores. That’s a juicy 40.6 quarterback rating. The Giants didn’t give him much credit, preferring instead to focus on Peterson, who managed only 28 yards on 13 carries.
Neither team was spectacular at protecting the football: there were five total fumbles (three lost) between them. Minnesota and New York also combined for 16 punts, so it was a great game to watch if you’re a fan of special teams.
Injuries: Minnesota’s two doubtful designations were not able to take the field in this one: both A.J. Jefferson and Rodney Smith sat out. RB Matt Asiata also left the game with a shoulder injury.
For the Giants, they were able to escape any new injuries, but were without five players for the game: CB Jayron Hosley, RB Brandon Jacobs, TE Adrien Robinson, S Cooper Taylor and RB David Wilson.
Outlook: The Giants have a little momentum heading into Week 8, and they’ll need it. They’ve got a big divisional game against the Eagles on tap.
For the Vikings, they’ll try to pick up the pieces this week as they prepare for another primetime game Sunday night at home against the Packers.
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