It wasn’t pretty, as a matter of fact, it may have been the ugliest game of football played all season, but the New York Giants will certainly take the teams first win of the season in a 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
The formula was simple for the Giants; win the turnover differential, and for the first time this season, the Giants won it. Minnesota had 3 turnovers to just 1 for New York.
The Vikings started the teams 3rd different quarterback of the season, and the results weren’t much better.
Josh Freeman showed why he was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers completing just 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards and an interception which came on the Vikings only red-zone trip of the game.
The game turned early in the 3rd quarter with the Giants leading 10-7 when Marcus Sherels dropped what would have been a sure pick six to give Minnesota the lead. On the very next play, Sherels returned a Steve Weatherford punt, and fumbled the ball despite the fact no one had touched him.
Zach Deossie recovered the ball inside the Vikings 5-yard line and newly signed running back Peyton Hillis ran it into the end-zone 2 plays later to give New York a 17-7 lead.
The Giants would add 2 Josh Brown field goals, while Josh Freeman continued to throw incompletions.
Adrian Peterson was held in check throughout the game rushing for only 28 yards on 13 carries. The Giants forced Freeman to beat them, and he didn’t come remotely close.
Now the Giants have a golden opportunity to get on a winning streak when the team visits the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday.