Statistically, the Giants would appear to have the edge. They are fourth in the league in offense with 384.6 yards per game and second in defense at 290.8 yards per game. The Vikings are 18th offensively, but very strong defensively, giving up 302.2 yards per game, good for sixth in the league.
Vikings Stats - Game Averages
|Off||18.9||337.8 (18th)||210.2 (19th)||127.7 (8th)|
|Def||21.1||302.2 (6th)||210.2 (12th)||92.0 (4th)|
Giants Stats - Game Averages
|Off||25.7||384.6 (4th)||241.7 (12th)||142.9 (6th)|
|Def||20.6||290.8 (2nd)||192.8 (2nd)||98.0 (7th)|
The Vikings defense does feature three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen, who has three sacks. The Vikings have just 22 overall, though. The Giants are second in the league with 35 sacks, led by Osi Umenyiora with nine and Justin Tuck with eight and one-half.
Here is a number that should concern Giants' fans. Eli Manning is 0-4 in his career against Minnesota with just two touchdowns and nine interceptions. Yuck!
The other number to think about is 298. As in, will Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre, who has a sprained shoulder, make his 298th consecutive start. The Vikings are calling him a "game-time decision."