The Giants Will Beat the Vikings…Here’s Why


John Kenworthy, Staff Writer

In the beginning of the NFL season nobody thought the New York Giants would be a playoff team. They had a new head coach in Brian Daboll and a new GM in Joe Schoen, they had very limited cap space, an arguably bottom 5 quarterback, and a mediocre offense.

Fast forward to January and the Giants are the 6th seed in the NFC playoffs with a 9-7-1 record, a potentially elite pass rush, and a very solid offense that’s led by Daniel Jones who in fact took a very huge leap in play this year: and let’s not forget to mention Saquon Barkley who is in elite form.

The Giants are set to take on the Vikings in round 1 of the playoffs. A rematch of the Christmas Eve game where the Giants took a 24-27 loss in the final seconds of the game courtesy of a Greg Joseph 61 yard field goal. From the outside looking in you would think that the Giants have no shot against Justin Jefferson and the Vikings offense. However, I am confident that the Giants can and will win this game.

Back on the Christmas Eve the Giants were missing their lockdown corner Adoree Jackson and franchise safety Xavier McKinney. This means Justin Jefferson, who is no doubt the best receiver in the NFL, was being covered by Fabian Moreau. Moreau is solid, but nowhere near the level of Adoree Jackson.

Having Jackson and McKinney will be  huge in this playoff game. The Vikes are missing their starting right tackle and are on their 3rd string center. I am expecting the pass rush, especially Dexter Lawrence and Azeez Ojulari too take over the game on Sunday.

Now on the offensive side of the ball, Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley need to be in sync. Both of these guys have played extremely well  this season. If the Giants use Saquon efficiently in the run and pass game and use Daniel Jones’s legs, the Giants offense will flourish. These are the keys to beating the Vikings and why I am confident in the Giants beating the Vikings.