Vikings vs. Giants predictions from the Star Tribune football coverage team

Ben Goessling

Vikings 24, Giants 20: There’s been loads of speak this week about how it is a favorable first-round matchup for the Vikings, however accidents on the offensive line might make this an actual problem. The Giants confirmed final time they’ll transfer the ball, and so they will not be afraid to return to US Bank Stadium after an in depth loss final month. But with a raucous crowd cheering them on, the Vikings’ cross rush will get the higher of the Giants’ offensive line and make simply sufficient performs to assist the Vikings win one other shut one.

Mark Craig

Giants 31, Vikings 28: The Vikings have solely seven takeaways in eight video games since posting a season-high 4 of their signature win over Buffalo. They had zero takeaways in 4 of them, going 1-3 whereas permitting 140 factors. The Giants have solely 5 giveaways of their final seven video games, together with two in dropping on a 61-yard walk-off area purpose in opposition to the Vikings. The blueprint is easy: Protect the football and you’ll outscore this porous Purple protection. The Giants pulled the upset by doing simply that.

Jim Souhan

Vikings 28, Giants 24: The Vikings wanted a miracle area purpose to beat the Giants just a few weeks in the past, and now they’ve a lesser offensive line. It’s tempting to select the Giants due to their defensive position and cross rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, however … the Giants simply aren’t that good. Whatever particular person matchups may favor New York, they’re a mean team and have no person like Justin Jefferson. In Jefferson’s first playoff recreation, search for him to indicate up and showcase, and for the Vikings to win one other shut one.

Patrick Reusse

Giants 29, Vikings 24: The Vikings dominate the first half and take a 17-0 lead. Giants QB Daniel Jones lastly leads a protracted TD drive late in the third. Visitors catch fireplace, Vikings reeling. Giants block punt and transfer to TD with simply over minute remaining for 29-24 lead. On the recreation’s final play, Kirk Cousins ​​hits Justin Jefferson on the proper sideline, the Giants D-back whiffs on the sort out and Jefferson races into the finish zone. As he begins an odd dance, TD is being reviewed. Jefferson’s proper shoe is 2 inches onto the sideline. TD waved off.

La Velle E. Neal III

Vikings 27, Giants 20: Other than an ideal day in opposition to the Saints, the Giants didn’t blow out anybody throughout the common season. As lengthy as Vikings do not get burned by the play motion — or Daniel Jones’ working — the protection ought to do sufficient to decelerate the Giants offense. And we all know what the Vikings offense is able to. Look for TJ Hockenson to have one other massive recreation like he did in opposition to New York on Dec. 24 and for Dalvin Cook to contribute with massive third-down runs. And watch how taking Week 18 off will do wonders for Za’Darius Smith.

Chip Scoggins

Vikings 28, Giants 24: The rematch won’t come down to a different game-winning area purpose at the buzzer, but it surely’s the Vikings, so it is going to be one other nail-biter. The greatest space to look at is how effectively the Vikings’ revamped offensive line handles the Giants strain. The mixture of dwelling crowd noise and trio of Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson and TJ Hockenson will ship the Vikings to the subsequent spherical.

Andrew Krammer

Vikings 23, Giants 20: With all due respect to my colleague Chip Scoggins, it would come down to a different game-winning area purpose at the buzzer — as a result of it is the Vikings. It’s simply exhausting to wager in opposition to that kick not discovering its method by the uprights in a season charmed by an NFL-record 11 one-score wins. Make it 12 one-score wins with quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​throwing to arrange one other Greg Joseph area purpose, lower than a month after his 61-yard deciding kick over the Giants.

Michael Rand

Vikings 34, Giants 20: With the exception of the first and final video games of the common season, the Vikings tended to both win by a bit or lose by so much. Against the Giants, although, let’s go in opposition to the grain. This is the recreation by which the Vikings put all of it collectively, lastly, and truly put a team away. New York is an overachiever similar to Minnesota, however the dwelling crowd, Justin Jefferson and early turnovers will flip this one into a cushty victory.

Randy Johnson

Vikings 31, Giants 27: The Vikings have gained video games when trailing by 33 factors and needing a walk-off, franchise-record 61-yard area purpose to prevail. They’ll have an offensive line that is been bang-up these days taking part in in opposition to a Giants protection, led by lineman Dexter Lawrence, that likes to deliver strain on the quarterback. And luck will certainly run out on a team that is gained 11 one-score video games in a season, will not it? Not on Sunday. One man’s success is one other man’s resilience, and the Vikings have used the latter to supply the former.

Naila-Jean Meyers

Vikings 27, Giants 24: The Vikings will win an in depth one on a Greg Joseph area purpose. What? Too acquainted? Joseph will miss a kick in some unspecified time in the future throughout the recreation for max angst after which make the winner, exorcising franchise demons and doubtless a few of his personal. Giants working again Saquon Barkley may have a monster day, however the buoyant dwelling crowd will trigger sufficient havoc to quarterback Daniel Jones for the Vikings to drag this one out.

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