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Oct 6, 1:00 PM Vikings at Giants
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Giants lose to the Vikings 28-10

"I was hoping the Giants could make it three wins in a row, but maybe that was asking too much. The Giants were limited playing without Saquon Barkley, and then they lost Wayne Gallman on their first drive. After the Vikings scored a touchdown to give them a 10-0 lead, it was encouraging to see Corey Ballentine return the kickoff to midfield. Daniel Jones had to scramble to convert on a third-and-long on this drive, which ended when Darius Slayton caught a touchdown pass to bring the score close. That's as close as it got.
The defense did their best, and even caught up with Vikings running back Dalvin Cook when he was headed for a touchdown. Jabrill Peppers caused him to fumble, and it was too bad the Giants recovered the ball where they did instead of somewhere else, because they were stuck at the one yard line. The Vikings defense came flying through and tackled Jonathan Hilliman for a safety. After that, the Giants defense put up a goal-line stand after the Vikings had 1st-and-goal on the 2-yard line, and they had to settle for a field goal. The score was 18-7 at the half.
The Giants started off with a drive that took up half of the third quarter, and that ended up with Aldrick Rosas kicking a field goal. Unfortunately, it took only five plays for the Vikings to answer that with a touchdown. Our defense held them to just one field goal for the rest of the game, but the Giants failed to put any more points on the board, and they took a 28-10 loss. Hopefully they learned something from this game, because they'll be off to play in another tough game in New England on Thursday night."

"The Giants were overmatched in this game, but they put up a good showing at times. Daniel Jones was under more pressure this week, and was sacked four times. He also made some nice throws, though some risked being intercepted. The Giants running game took a hit early on in the first quarter when Wayne Gallman sustained a concussion after an 11-yard run. Gallman had just two carries and with Barkley out, the Giants couldn't afford to lose him as they did. With Gallman gone, things got much simpler for the Vikings defense, working on Jonathan Hilliman and Elijhaa Penny.
As for the Giants defense, you couldn't expect much when they're missing their best inside linebackers. Rookie Ryan Connelly tore his ACL and was placed on IR last week. Defensive captain Alec Ogletree was still out with a hamstring injury. Giants linebackers Oshane Ximines, David Mayo, Nate Stupar, and Markus Golden were up against the NFL's third ranked rushing attack. It's not surprising that Vikings running back Dalvin Cook ended up with 132 rushing yards, and 86 yards with his receptions.
As for their passing defense, Kirk Cousins was 19-of-23 for 278 yards and 1 touchdown in the first half. With the ground game going so well, Cousins threw only 4 more passes in the entire second half, completing 3 for 28 yards and 1 touchdown. The Giants defense did sack Cousins three times, and they had a fumble recovery when Jabrill Peppers caused Cook to fumble. Tuzar Skipper recovered the ball at the Giants one-yard line.
Following that on the very next play, the Giants offensive line looked their worst when they let the Vikings defense power through to tackle Hilliman for a safety. The Vikings added another field goal to take an 18-7 lead going into halftime. The Giants closed the gap, kicking one of their own in the third quarter, but the Vikings came right back on a drive that included a 41-yard run by Cook. Cousins 9-yard touchdown pass put his team up 25-10.
The Giants next moved the ball to where they had a 4th-and-2 at the Vikings 3-yard line, but Jones was sacked on that play. The defense held the Vikings to a three-and-out, but the Giants couldn't convert on a 4th-and-12 on the Vikings 27-yard line. The Vikings added a field goal, intercepted Jones on the Giants next drive, and ended up with a 28-10 win."

First Quarter

Play: Dan Bailey 31 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 62 yards, 6:14
Vikings 3-0

Second Quarter

Play: Adam Thielen 15 Yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 98 yards, 5:46
Vikings 10-0

Play: Darius Slayton 35 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 50 yards, 2:47
Vikings 10-7

Play: Dan Bailey 48 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 45 yards, 4:17
Vikings 13-7

Play: Anthony Barr Safety
Drive info: 1 play, -1 yard, 0:04
Vikings 15-7

Play: Dan Bailey 32 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 49 yards, 1:22
Vikings 18-7

Third Quarter

Play: Aldrick Rosas 32 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15 plays, 61 yards, 7:25
Vikings 18-10

Play: Adam Thielen 9 Yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 67 yards, 2:43
Vikings 25-10

Fourth Quarter

Play: Dan Bailey 45 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 46 yards, 4:52
Vikings 28-10


Giants lost their first game with Daniel Jones as the starting quarterback.

Giants have given up 490+ yards in three of their games - Cowboys 494, Bucs 499, Vikings 490.

Giants rookie Corey Ballentine had the longest kickoff return by a Giants player since 2015.
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