In an effort to be better educated about our opponents, we have been inviting a writer covering our opponent to Vikings Territory on a weekly basis to answer just a few quick question. This Vikings versus Giants matchup on Monday Night Football is no different, and we are pleased to welcome Andrew Furman of Ultimate NYG to talk a little bit of football this weekend.
Our two teams met not that long ago. 49-17 was the final score, in Minnesota’s favor, with Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater capitalizing on three Eli Manning interceptions. Us Vikings fans know which part of that changed on our side of the equation, but what have been the biggest changes New York has seen since December to prevent a similar outcome?
The Giants defense was awful last year. There was no pass rush. This year, while not great, at least JPP (no longer wearing a cast) and Olivier Vernon (FA signing) get more pressure. Plus the signing of DL Damon Harrison has (together with the return of pectoral-tear injured DL Jonathan Hankins) shored up the run defense to where teams cannot run on them. The team is healthier now than then (new strength & conditioning coach), but injuries in the secondary here in 2016 are exposing the team to some of the same problems.