After Week 18, the New York Giants officially know their Wild Card matchup.
They will be traveling to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.
— New York Giants (@Giants) January 9, 2023
This will be the second game for the Giants against the Vikings this season, with the first being a 27-24 loss in Week 16.
However, despite this previous loss, the Giants seem to be excited about the matchup.
The last game was also in Minnesota, so there will already be a level of comfort in traveling there.
This is just one of the various reasons this is a favorable matchup for the Giants.
Are The Vikings Frauds?
Many have also questioned whether the Vikings are legitimate or not.
The team has an NFL record 11 wins in one-score games this season.
They also have some astoundingly bad losses, including a 24-point loss to the Green Bay Packers and a 37-point loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Vikings do have the benefit of having the league’s most productive wide receiver in Justin Jefferson, a solid quarterback with Kirk Cousins, and a number of other strong offensive pieces in place.
While they rank in the top-10 for many offensive categories, they struggle on defense.
They are 28th in the league in opponents points per game and 31st in yards per game.
Against the pass, the Vikings rank 31st in pass yards per game, as teams have been able to take advantage of their secondary all season.
This puts a lot of pressure on Giants’ QB Daniel Jones, who put together a solid season including their game against the Vikings.
Looking at the Week 16 head-to-head tape…
NYG targeted the perimeter matchups in the pass game. Play-action. Vertical 1-on-1s. In-breakers/crossers.
QB Daniel Jones: 334 yards passing/9-of-12 on play-action throws. pic.twitter.com/ZyfeXxgqUT
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) January 9, 2023
In that one, he threw for 334 yards and one TD, also throwing an interception.
The Vikings are slightly better against the run, ranking 20th in rushing yards per game.
For the Giants, they should be able to take advantage of this with Saquon Barkley, who had 84 yards and a TD in Week 16 against the Vikings.
While no 13-4 team can ever be overlooked, the Giants find themselves in a favorable matchup for Wild Card Weekend.