Teddy Bridgewater: Bridgewater manages Vikings to easy win

Teddy Bridgewater: Bridgewater manages Vikings to easy win

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If they lose, Week 17 will determine the NFC playoff picture.

If the Minnesota Vikings (9-5) win tonight over the New York Giants (6-8), then Minnesota is in the playoffs. They’re 12-19 over the last two years.

The Vikings could have clinched a playoff berth before kickoff on Sunday, but the Atlanta Falcons beat the previously undefeated Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks lost to the already-eliminated St. Louis Rams, keeping alive the possibility of a three-way tie with those two teams that would keep the Vikings out.

“That will all take care of itself”.

The Vikings also dominated the Giants on third down.

According to odds makers from online sports book BetDSI, the Vikings are 7-point home favorites over the Giants while the over/under now sits at 44 points.

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (24) runs with his interception of a pass from New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Minneapolis.

The Vikings started their next drive near midfield. The running back plowed forward for a gain of 2 before a relentless effort on a 2-yard touchdown.

Adrian Peterson went into the game trailing Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin by 40 yards in his race for a third National Football League rushing title. He fumbled a shotgun snap, too, and through three quarters had only nine completions to three interceptions. Tight end Kyle Rudolph had no trouble brushing aside Craig Dahl on a 28-yard scoring reception in the second quarter, with Dahl and Landon Collins finishing the play by running into each other in the end zone.

Trailing 10-3, Manning in the second quarter on third-and-1 tossed a floater to Randle and chaos ensued. A couple of carries by Jennings got the Giants out to the 20-yard line, but the drive was quickly snuffed out after that courtesy of Danielle Hunter getting a sack of Manning.

Manning finished 15 for 29 for 234 yards, boosted by a 50-yard pass to Rashad Jennings that set up an early field goal and a 72-yard touchdown heave to Randle made possible by a botched tackle by Andrew Sendejo, who had the first interception. It was Smith’s first game since a hamstring injury December 6.

In a game that felt like the end of an era, a game in which Coughlin could only shake his head afterward and say several times that he “didn’t see this coming”, a game he said will require everyone in the organization (including himself) to do some “soul-searching”, the Giants were trounced by the Vikings, 49-17.

The first Vikings touchdown was achieved with the greatest of ease and once again, underscored just how bad the Giants are at safety.

The Giants’ struggles defensively are reminiscent of what the Vikings went through in 2011 and 2013 before coach Mike Zimmer was hired to help rebuild the franchise with a sound defensive foundation.

This was hardly a prime-time showcase.

The Vikings (10-5) closed their two-year regular season run at the University of Minnesota with a dominant defense that posted three takeaways, an offense that played keep away and a kicking game that scored from far, far away. What else did we learn Sunday night?

That all played right into the hands of the ground-and-pound Vikings.

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