Week 7: New York Giants 23, Minnesota Vikings 7- Post Game Thoughts

A pretty ugly game goes in the favor of the New York Giants as they take advantage of the sloppy play of the Vikings and pick up their first win on the season.  On paper, it is going to look like Big Blue solved all of their problems, but in all reality they still looked out of sorts.  Josh Freeman’s struggles were not helped out by Adrian Peterson’s poor performance on the ground.  New York stacked the box and forced the newly acquired Viking to throw the ball to beat them, and clearly it was too early to expect Freeman to step in and play at a high level.  The Minnesota offense was very basic and easy to defend.  On the other side of the ball, the Giants were nothing special.  They struggled to run the ball for a majority of the game and Eli Manning did not play his best football.  There were a couple of instances where Vikings corners should have intercepted the ball.  Marcus Sherels dropped a sure-fire pick-six early in the third quarter and from that point on it was simply an ugly night for the team overall.  The Giants do pick up a nice win, but it did come against a team that is struggling to find their bearings.  New York will have to do more next week in Philly before anybody can believe that they turned the corner in the 2013 season.  The good news here is that Eli Manning did not throw an interception for the first time all season and the Giants did not give up more than 20 points for the first time all season long; in effect the defense shut the opposing offense out, Minnesota’s only score on the night came on an 86 yard punt return for a touchdown by Sherels in the first quarter.  So, those are the positives that New York needs to take from this game and build upon as they move forward.

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