NFL 'Monday Night Football' Preview: New York Giants At Minnesota Vikings — Injury Update, Fantasy Football Projections, And Vegas Odds

As the Sunday match-ups for the NFL's Week 4 wind down, the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings prepare for their Monday Night Football contest. The Vikings will remain in first place in the NFC North no matter the outcome of Monday's game. Meanwhile, the Giants are fighting to keep pace with the Dallas Cowboys, who are in second place in the NFC East with a 3-1 record after their victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

NFL Week 3 Results

After leading by as much as 14-3 in the first quarter and 21-9 in the second, New York suffered their first loss of the season to the Washington Redskins in Week 3 by a final score of 29-27. Minnesota, on the other hand, is coming off of a 22-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on the road, their largest margin of victory in their three-game undefeated season.

According to the standard fantasy football scoring provided by the NFL, neither Eli Manning (15.00) nor Sam Bradford (10.84) were Top 10 performers at the quarterback position in Week 3. Both Shane Vereen (14.80) and Orleans Darkwa (13.30) had Top 20 performances for the Giants in Week 3, while the Vikings' best back, Jerick McKinnon (8.40), didn't even break the Top 30. Similarly, at wide receiver, both Odell Beckham (13.80) and Sterling Shepard (13.80) finished Week 3 in the Top 20 at their position for New York, while no one from the Vikings even cracked the Top 50. Kyle Rudolph (13.70) had a strong performance at tight end for the Vikings, while Will Tye (1.70) and Larry Donnell (1.40) barely registered for the Giants. New York kicker John Brown (8.00) tied with five others in the league for the tenth best performance in Week 3, while Minnesota's Blair Walsh (4.00) was one of the league's worst performers. The Vikings defense (24.00) was the second best in the NFL for Week 3, while the Giant defense (3.00) was 26th.

NFL Week 4: Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants
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Week 4 Injury And Suspension Updates

According to the latest injury report from CBS Sports, the Vikings have five players listed as out or questionable for Week 4. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and tight end David Morgan are both out with knee injuries, while quarterback Taylor Heinicke is out with an ankle injury. Defensive lineman Isame Faclane is listed as questionable with a knee injury, while defensive back Tre Roberson has the same designation thanks to a hand injury.

The New York Giants, on the other hand, have a total of eight players with designations that include questionable, doubtful, out, and suspended. At cornerback, Eli Apple is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, while Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is listed as questionable with a groin injury. Safety Nat Berhe will sit out due to concussion protocol, while fellow safety Darian Thompson is out with a foot injury. While running back Nikita Whitlock is still serving a 10-game suspension, Rashad Jennings is listed as questionable at the back position with a thumb injury. Tackle Marshall Newhouse will be sitting out with a calf injury, and defensive lineman Robert Thomas will be out with an illness.


Vikings vs. Giants: Fantasy Football Projections

Going into Week 4 of the NFL season, Sam Bradford is projected to be the highest fantasy football point-earner in the Monday Night Football showdown, with a projected 16.00 points expected to bring him in at the 16th overall in the league. Odell Beckham is projected to lead the Giants with 14.90 points against the Vikings. Opposite Bradford, Eli Manning is only expected to score 12.82 points. Neither team were projected to have a running back finish in the Top 30 at their position for Week 4. With Beckham projected to be the highest-earning receiver in the league, Stefon Diggs isn't far behind with a projected 12.60 points. New York receivers Sterling Shepard (12.10) and Victor Cruz (12.00) are also projected to have Top 20 performances for Week 4. With 10.60 projected points, Kyle Rudolph was slotted as the third best tight end in the league, while no one from the Giants is expected to break the Top 30. Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh is projected to give a Top 10 performance, as is the New York Giants defense.

Vikings vs. Giants: Vegas Odds

As noted by SB Nation, the Vikings are considered 4.5-point favorites at home. The over/under for this week's Monday Night Football is 42.5 points. Noteworthy trends include Minnesota being 0-7 straight-up and against the spread in their last seven MNF contents. Meanwhile, the Giants are 8-2 straight-up and against the spread in their last 10 games played in Week 4.

Where To Watch New York at Minnesota

The NFL Week 4 match-up between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings will air live from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The game will be televised on ESPN with coverage beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST. For fans on the road, the game can also be heard on Sirius XM Radio.As of Sunday evening, tickets are still available to purchase for fans who want to see the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants live on Monday, October 3.

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