The New York Football Giants and the Minnesota Vikings are set to meet for the 22nd time in regular season. The Vikes have beaten the Giants 13 times for the head-to-head series lead, but that isn’t reason for the claim from some of the “We own you!” banter that’s come from Minny fans over the years (thanks to memories of Darren Sharper and his interceptions of Manning passes). A simple “41-0” usually makes them clam up efficiently, by the way. It’s their kryptonite.
While the regular season meeting (13-9) record is in their favor, the Giants and Vikings are both teams that need a win now. Minnesota already has one (and only one for 2013) “W.” They are also teams that have a bit of a history.
The Minnesota Vikings weren’t established until 1961, but since, they have had constant a constant relationship with the New York Giants, starting with the infamous quarterback Fran Tarkenton trade (1967 and again in 1972). They also had a defense that was dominant, feared and had its own moniker: The Purple People Eaters.
Minnesota also had some down years and also made it to four Super Bowls, like the Giants (who had been to one more). The huge difference: the Vikings lost all four. Anyway…
The Vikings have also appreciated the Giants roster at times and utilized it go shopping in it during free agency. Some of you may remember names like: offensive tackles Jason Whittle and Mike Rosenthal, fullback Charles Stackhouse and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (put up career numbers) moving on to don purple and gold after wearing blue. Monday night, you may see defensive end, Justin Trattou lined up against his former team. This last one just happened on October 9.
One last connection is Hillside, New Jersey native, Zygi Wilf. He currently owns the Minnesota Vikings (since 2005) and earned his bachelor’s degree from Farleigh Dickinson University (where the New York Giants used to hold training camps). Wilf has also claimed to be a longtime Giants fan. A few years ago, it was also rumored that he made attempts (to no avail) to get Giants Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells on his staff.
It’s been several years since the odd series of events leading up to these teams’ last meeting. In December of 2010, constant snowfall and blizzard conditions caused the inflatable roof on the Vikings’ Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome to collapse. The Giants were supposed to play at 1PM EST Sunday, but ended up diverted and stuck in a Kansas City airport until it was deemed safe for them to again travel and it was then decided where and when they would instead play. On Monday night, they played Minnesota in Detroit (Ford Field) and won, 21-3, in a game where the technical season-starting quarterback (Brett Favre) didn’t play and Big Blue knocked out backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and shut down running back star Adrian Peterson (26 yards on 14 carries).
One can only pray something similar happens again this Monday night. Sans snow.
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