Week 16 was meant to be a highly important week for both teams coming into Sunday. The Vikings are reliant upon the Packers slipping up to help claim the NFC North crown, while the Giants were hoping to be playing Minnesota with something to play for. However, the Redskins overcame the Eagles on Saturday night to end their playoff hopes, leaving them playing for pride. So let’s take a look at the tale of the tape, and see if we can predict the outcome.
Three keys to the game:
1 Vikings Rushing
The Vikings are sitting at 5th overall for rushing offense, and you can guarantee that they will continue to use this effective weapon when they take on the Giants at home. Adrian Peterson has shown real strength this season, and could well be the man used to save the Vikings playoff hopes.
2 Giants Passing
The Giants are known for their star receiver, and he’s out for this game. In the dying moments of the season, this could be the final nail in the coffin for the Giants. Can they switch it up in time to be able to cover the gaps, or are they going to be hung out to dry without their no1 reciever?
3 Other results
With Green Bay facing the Cardinals, the Vikings can be quietly confident that they might still have a chance. This will be only helped by the Giants entering Sunday knowing that they will miss out on the playoffs yet again, thanks to the Eagles loss to the Redskins.
Match-up to watch: Adrian Peterson vs Jonathan Casillas
If you’re looking for an exciting clash with plenty of action in this game, you’re going to see a lot of back and forth between Adrian Peterson and Jonathan Casillas. With Peterson looking to single-handedly bring home the victory for the Vikings, it’s up to the linebackers to shut him down, and Casillas is one of the stronger backers left. With the help of JPP and his surrounding backers, he could well shut down this running game.
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings
It’s going to be a passionate game, with each team fighting for their lives at the tail end of the season. This has to be one of the most exciting ends to an NFL season there has ever been, with so many teams fighting to the last. This game is going to be tight, but I think that with the Eagles loss to the Redskins a few hours before, the Giants may have the wind taken out of their sails, and lose faith against the running game of the Vikings.