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Let?s start off by saying that it is great that the Giants finally got into the win column.

But let?s be brutally honest: It was anything but pretty.

The Giants missed plenty of opportunities on offense in their 23-7 win Monday night over the Minnesota Vikings. This really could have been a 44-7 game, but again, for the struggling Giants, a win?s a win.

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Monday Night Football has been broadcast into America's living rooms and bars since 1970. Some 680-plus games.

The series switched from the over-the-air broadcast world of ABC to it's sister cable network ESPN in 2006. Since then, it's suffered a gradual decline in viewership mostly due to poor matchups.

This week's game between the Giants and the Minnesota Vikings is statistically the worst matchup in the history of long-running series.

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As the Giants? motto has been all season, if someone gets hurt, the next guy steps up.

In Big Blue?s win over the Packers, running Andre Brown broke his fibula and will miss the remainder of the season.

First-round pick David Wilson will finally be given his second chance. He fumbled his second career carry and was relegated solely to kick return duties.

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That, as they say, is more like it.

- Eli Manning looked bad early, but was much, much better in the second half. He finished the game 18/29 for 200 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

- The big play of the game was an incomplete backwards pass by Sam Bradford that was picked up by Michael Boley and returned 65 yard for a touchdown. Justin Tuck had 1.5 sacks to lead the pass rush attack for which this defense is known. The secondary was still suspect, which is a concern moving forward, but tonight they were good enough.

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- Eli sacked to end the Giants' first drive of the fourth quarter. With Manningham out for the game (concussion), Eli is going to have to rely on Hakeem Nicks and the running game. Maybe we'll see another receiver step up as Domenik Hixon did in the second quarter. Or the defense can make it all a moot point by standing firm.

- That's more like it. The defense forced a quick three and out to get the ball back. Aaron Ross returned the punt with Hixon's knee again an issue, but he didn't look as explosive as he has in the past.

- Steve Weatherford booted a brilliant punt to pin the Rams at their own five, but Zak DeOssie was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty to move it up to the twenty. Not smart, especially from a guy who went to Brown.

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- Nice of ESPN to show part of the halftime ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Super Bowl team. Seemed like a great ceremony.

- Another big play by Boley, who tipped a third down pass to save a touchdown after Danario Alexander beat Aaron Ross in the end zone. The Rams settled for another short field goal.

- Now we're rolling! Brandon Jacobs went in untouched from nine yards out to give the Giants some breathing room. The score was set up by Ahmad Bradshaw's 23 yard screen pass, who was sprung by a nice block from David Baas.

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- Sam Bradford threw an incomplete pass to Carnell Williams that was correctly ruled a lateral, which was scooped up by Michael Boley and returned 64-yards for a Giants touchdown (and consequently won me my fantasy matchup! And the ESPN experts said to bench Giants D...).

- The Giants' defense has come alive as a result of the big turnover! Jason Pierre-Paul almost sacked Sam Bradford near the end zone, and the Giants' secondary held to force an easy three-and-out.

- The passing game has been putrid so far. Hopefully they'll get it together sooner or later, because if they can't start to gel against this Rams' secondary, I have a hard time believing they'll be able to suddenly figure it out against the Eagles' high-priced corners.

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- The Giants' first drive got off to a good start, with Ahmad Bradshaw breaking off a few nice cut-back runs. It ended with a thud when Quintin Mikell picked off an Eli Manning pass intended for Mario Manningham. Manning was baited into throwing to what looked like a wide open Manningham.

- The defense held and forced a Josh Brown field goal after a 68 yard pass to Danario Alexander to the one yard line. Deon Grant made a rookie mistake, neglecting to touch Alexander after he fell to the ground to make the catch, allowing him to get up and gain more yardage, but Greg Jones and the defense stood tough on the next three drives.

- Greg Salas muffed his first NFL punt return, and the Giants recovered in Rams' territory. It looks like these two teams have a lot in common.

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In what is being billed as a must-win game, the Giants (0-1) host former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (right)?and the St. Louis Rams (0-1) on Monday Night Football.

Last week, the Giants were topped by the Redskins in Washington, 28-14. The Rams lost their home opener to the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-13.

Kickoff: 8:30pm

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Dallas owner Jerry Jones had his heart set on his Cowboys being the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

The football gods are not that benevolent, it seems. Jones' latest version of America's Team is sitting at the bottom of the NFC East right now at 1-4. Their pulse is weak and their breaths are sporadic. They will not get much help tonight from the visiting Giants, who have been nearly dominant the past three weeks.

Tonight, in front of an international TV audience, the Cowboys would make their earliest exit from postseason contention in recent memory with a loss. The Giants, on the other hand, could take control of the division with a victory.

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