The Minnesota Vikings (3–0) look like the best team in the NFC right now and head into the Week 4 Monday Night Football matchup as five-point home chalk against the New York Giants (2–1) at sports books monitored by OddsShark.com.
However the Vikings are 0–7 straight up and against the spread in their last seven Monday night appearances, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, a losing streak they will need to break to stay unbeaten.
Minnesota is coming off a dominant 22–10 road win over the defending conference champion Carolina Panthers last week as six-point underdogs, proving just how valuable defense can be.
The Vikings followed the same blueprint the Denver Broncos used in shutting down reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton en route to winning Super Bowl 50 and the season opener, putting constant pressure on him, which led to eight sacks and three interceptions. They will try to do the same thing to New York’s Eli Manning.
The Giants suffered a 29–27 loss—their first of the season—to the previously winless Washington Redskins as 3.5-point home favorites, with Manning struggling at times despite throwing for 350 yards. He threw two interceptions and was sacked twice by the Redskins, and that does not bode well considering how much better the Minnesota defense is when compared to Washington.
New York had won its first two games by a combined four points over the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, and the team has dropped five of the past seven meetings with Minnesota SU while going 3–4 ATS.
The Giants’ biggest challenge will be trying to penetrate a Vikings secondary that has not given up much in the passing game so far this year. Aaron Rodgers of the Packers was held to 213 yards with one touchdown and one interception that came at the end of the game to clinch the victory.
Manning will find it difficult to throw downfield and utilize wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who does not seem to be on the same page as his signal-caller or first-year head coach Ben McAdoo.
The over has cashed in six of New York’s last eight games as road dogs heading into this Monday Night Football matchup, so this could be a high-scoring game.