Vikings 24

(4-5, 1-4 away)

Giants 21

(6-3, 4-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 13, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
MIN 0 7 14 324
NYG 0 6 7 821

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 291 YDS, 1 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: T. Barber (NYG) - 23 CAR, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Barber (NYG) - 8 REC, 111 YDS

Minnesota (3-5) at NY Giants (6-2)

Minnesota (3-5) at NY Giants (6-2), Sunday 1:00 pm EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New York Giants have been dominant at home. The Minnesota Vikings have been pathetic on the road.

The NFC teams meet for the seventh straight year on Sunday. The previous four have been at the Metrodome, with the Giants winning three of those meetings.

The Vikings would prefer to forget the last time they visited Giants Stadium. That was in the NFC championship game in January 2001 and the Giants rolled to a 41-0 victory.

Running back Tiki Barber, wide receiver Amani Toomer and defensive end Michael Strahan are among the Giants that remain from the Super Bowl team. The Vikings then were led by quarterback Daunte Culpepper and wide receiver Randy Moss. Neither will play on Sunday - Culpepper suffered a season-ending knee injury in an October 30 game at Carolina and Moss was traded to Oakland in the offseason.

Barber rushed for 75 of his 101 yards and both of his touchdowns in the first half when the Giants built a 20-point lead en route to a 34-13 rout at the Metrodome last season.

Barber has been especially effective against the Vikings, totaling 173 yards from scrimmage, including a 44-yard touchdown run, in the Giants' 27-20 victory in 2002, and recording 122 yards and another score in a 29-17 triumph in 2003.

Signs point to another Giants win on Sunday. New York is 5-0 at Giants Stadium this season, outscoring opponents by a whopping margin of 173-76. The Vikings are 0-4 on the road and have been outscored, 133-34.

New York's offense, led by quarterback Eli Manning, Barber, tight end Jeremy Shockey and wide receiver Plaxico Burress, is averaging a league-high 29.1 points.

And the defense has not allowed a touchdown in two straight games - wins over Washington (36-0) and San Francisco (24-6). Last week, the Giants yielded just nine first downs and 138 total yards to San Francisco as middle linebacker Antonio Pierce had seven tackles and a sack.

Veteran Brad Johnson now leads a Vikings' offense that averages just 16.3 points. Johnson replaced the injured Culpepper and threw for a pair of touchdowns in the Vikings' 27-14 win over Detroit last week.

Best known for helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win the Super Bowl in 2002, Johnson is 59-41 as a starter.

Minnesota may be without running back Mewelde Moore, who sprained his right wrist in the win over Detroit. Michael Bennett produced 106 yards on just 18 carries last week and will likely start on Sunday.

The Vikings recorded four sacks, including two by end Lance Johnstone, and forced three turnovers in the win over Detroit.

Matchup to watch: Former Giant Mike Rosenthal lines up against left end Strahan, who has 6 1/2 sacks.

Series: Series tied, 10-10.

Next week: Minnesota visits Green Bay, November 21 NY Giants host Philadelphia, November 20


Passing Leaders

T. Bridgewater64.429191412
M. Cassel57.742534
E. Manning63.144103014
R. Nassib80.06000

Rushing Leaders

M. Asiata1645703.59
J. McKinnon1135384.80
A. Williams2177213.37
R. Jennings1676393.84

Receiving Leaders

G. Jennings5974212.66
J. Wright4258814.02
O. Beckham Jr.91130514.312
R. Randle7193813.23

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsMIN
Yards PassingMIN
Yards RushingMIN
Yards AllowedMIN
Pass Yds AllowedMIN
Rush Yds AllowedMIN

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

NY Giants leads 3-2
Oct 31, 2004MIN 13, NYG 34
Oct 26, 2003MIN 17, NYG 29
Nov 10, 2002MIN 20, NYG 27
Nov 19, 2001MIN 28, NYG 16