Two 2-2 squads are set to square up on Sunday as the Vikings roll into MetLife Stadium to take on the Giants. While both teams have the same record, they are on two different trajectories at the moment, specifically at quarterback. New York is currently 2-0 in the Daniel Jones era as he makes his home debut, while Minnesota is currently seeing mediocre production out of their $30 million quarterback in Kirk Cousins.
Last week the Vikings fell to the Bears in Chicago and only mustered six points in the contest. That lack of an aerial attack has led to some frustrations by Minnesota pass catchers, headlined by Stefon Diggs, who is reportedly unhappy with his situation. Despite the passing game being a weak spot for the Vikings, they are still road favorites in this contest thanks to their top-five defense and strong running game with Dalvin Cook in the backfield.
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We have a couple of 2-2 squads set to go head-to-head at MetLife Stadium on Sunday when the Vikings visit the Giants in East Rutherford. While both of these clubs may have the same record, the feeling surrounding each team is a bit different. With New York, they’re riding high with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, as the first-round pick is looking increasingly like a franchise signal caller. As for the Vikings, Kirk Cousins has been mediocre to start the year and the passing game has been nonexistent.
For reference, Jones has completed 68.6% of his passes for 561 yards over his first two starts, while Cousins has 735 yards through the air on a 64.6 completion percentage in four games. Both have three touchdown passes and two picks on the year, so the rookie is essentially lapping the eight-year veteran.
With this matchup on Sunday, however, Minnesota is currently a more well-rounded and talented team than New York. They’ll lean on their top-five defense in terms of DVOA and strong running game with Dalvin Cook to try and slow the game down and keep it in their favor.
One thing that should help Jones in what promises to be his toughest test yet is that he’ll be getting back Golden Tate, who will make his Giants debut after he finished serving his four-game suspension.