The New York Giants (8-4) and the Minnesota Vikings (5-7), forced out of the Metrodome by a snowstorm, travel to Detroit tonight to play an interconference game that carries major implications in the overall NFC playoff picture.
Kickoff: 7:20pm ET
Site: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Last Game (in Min): 1/3/10: Giants 7 at Vikings 44. Minnesota scores 44 consecutive points to open game & holds New York scoreless until 4th quarter. QB Brett Favre throws for 316 yards & 4 TDs.
TV: FOX (Ch 5 in NY): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter).
Radio: WFAN 660AM Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 123 (NYG), 129 (Min.). XM: 103 (Min.).
Giants' Rankings: Offense - Overall: 4th (6th rushing, 12th passing) Defense - Overall: 2nd (7th rushing, 2nd passing)
Vikings' Rankings: Offense - Overall: 18th (8th rushing, 19th passing) Defense - Overall: 6th (4th rushing, 12th passing)
Turnover ratio: Giants -1, Vikings -11
Giants - OUT: T Shawn Andrews (back) DOUBTFUL- C Shaun O’Hara (foot) QUESTIONABLE: WR Hakeem Nicks (lower leg), WR Steve Smith (pectoral) PROBABLE: CB Will Blackmon (chest), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist), T David Diehl (hip, hamstring), S Brian Jackson (hand), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)
Vikings - OUT: CB Chris Cook (knee), S Tyrell Johnson (knee) DOUBTFUL: WR Percy Harvin (illness) QUESTIONABLE: DE Ray Edwards (ankle), QB Brett Favre (ankle, chest, right shoulder), G Steve Hutchinson (thumb), QB Joe Webb (hamstring) PROBABLE :WR Bernard Berrian (groin), RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring), WR Greg Lewis (concussion), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle), WR Sidney Rice (hip), S Jamarca Sanford (hamstring)
QB ELI MANNING needs 18 yards to reach 3,000 for 6th consecutive season. Only NYG to accomplish feat in 5 in row. In career (incl. playoffs), is 7-3 indoors as starter…
RB BRANDON JACOBS rushed for 103 yards on 8 att. (12.9 avg.) & 2 TDs last week. RB AHMAD BRADSHAW rushed for 97 yards & 2 TDs vs. Was. Marked 4th set of NYG teammates to each rush for 2 TDs in game. Giants are 9-1 when Jacobs has 100+ rush yards...
WR MARIO MANNINGHAM has 10 career TDs & 8 have been 20+ yards. Averages 26.5 yards per TD catch in career (265 yards). TE KEVIN BOSS has TD reception in 3 of past 5…
DE JUSTIN TUCK has 4.5 sacks & 4 FFs in past 3. Aims for 4th in row with 0.5+ sack. DE OSI UMENYIORA has 4 sacks & FF in 2 career starts vs. Min. Aims for 3rd start in row vs. Min. with 2+ sacks. Had sack last week.
CB TERRELL THOMAS aims for 3rd in row with INT & FF.
Rookie JASON PIERRE-PAUL aims for 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Is only rookie in team history with 2+ sacks in consecutive games.
QB BRETT FAVRE has won 5 of past 6 starts vs. NYG & has completed 116 of 175 (66.3 pct.) for 1,435 yards with 14 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 113.4 rating. Has 100+ rating in 4 of past 5 meetings. QB TARVARIS JACKSON is 2-0 as starter vs. NYG with 106 rating…
RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 107 yards & 3 TDs last week. Is 4th player in NFL history to rush for 1,000+ yards & 10+ TDs in each of 1st 4 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with rush TD…
WR SIDNEY RICE had 6 catches for 112 yards & 2 TDs in last game vs. NYG. Had 105 yards & 2 TDs last week. WR-KR PERCY HARVIN is only player in NFL this season with rush, rec. & return TD.
TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE ties for 2nd among NFC TEs with 13 rec. TDs since 2009…
DE JARED ALLEN had sack, FF & FR in last meeting. Has 7.5 sacks in past 5 & seeks 6th in row with sack. DE RAY EDWARDS had sack in last meeting.
LB CHAD GREENWAY has 2 INTs in 3 meetings, incl. 37-yard INT-TD.