Giants or Vikings? NFL bloggers debate who will cover Monday night


If you’re still on the fence of who to back in this primetime matchup, we’ve enlisted the help of expert NFL bloggers Marco of New York blog, and Christopher Gates of Minnesota blog, the Daily Norseman, to strap on the pads and debate which team will not only win, but cover the spread Monday night.


Marco is the founder of You can follow the blog on on Facebook and twitter @bleedsbigblue.

More than just Odell

For the Giants to steal one in Minnesota, look for the Giants to get our trio of receivers going early. The Vikings are shutting down other teams, they still haven’t seen threats like Beckham, Shepard, & Cruz.

While people are claiming Odell Beckham Jr.’s tantrum like outbursts are a distraction, the locker room seems united. Eli manning will feed Odell and open things up for the other wide outs.


The Giants can take advantage and exploit an injured Vikings offensive line. Defensive ends  Jason Pierre-Paul & Olivier Vernon can make life very uncomfortable for Vikings QB Sam Bradford. While the defensive stats might look slim (4 sacks, 0 picks) the Giants overall play is solid, playing premier offensive lines.

It’s going to be close, they all are

3 point win, 1 point win, and a 2 point loss. When the Giants splurged $200 million in the off-season to improve the defense, seems to have paid off thus far. The G-Men are sticking around all the games, and winning games they would have lost last year.

This game will be close, but the Giants will be able to score on a hard hitting D. Don’t be overly surprised if comes down to the 2 min warning.


Christopher Gates is one of the editors-in-chief of the Daily Norseman, SB Nation’s Minnesota Vikings team blog. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @DailyNorseman.

Dominating Vikings D

The Minnesota defense is playing lights out right now. The Vikings haven’t allowed more than 17 points in any of their past seven games, and have made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. It’s hard to bet against this defense in any way right now, and even with the Giants’ dynamic offense, I don’t know how many they’ll be able to put up on Monday night.

Sam could light up Giants hobbled secondary

New York is having a lot of issues on defense in terms of injuries. The Giants could be without two of their top three cornerbacks and one of their starting safeties in this one. Sam Bradford is getting more comfortable in the Vikings’ offense, and this could be an opportunity for the Vikings to get their passing game going.

No place like a brand new home

This will be the second game for the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the second in prime time as well. The home fans are going to be pretty amped up after the Vikings’ fast start, and the team should be fired up for this one as well. Eli Manning has historically not performed well against the Vikings, and the crowd at the Vikings’ new home could play a role in him having another long evening.

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