The week 4 game on Monday Night Football will be a hard-fought game, but it could make the Minnesota Vikings a footnote in the New York Giants history books.
Being undefeated through 3 games of the NFL season is a great accomplishment for a Minnesota Vikings team that is struggling through injuries and a tough schedule, but they will need to keep playing top-tier football to defeat the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.
As if winning the game wasn’t important enough for the Vikings, there is also a lot more than just a check in the win column as stake. The Giants will be looking to make history in several different ways on Monday, and that could land Minnesota as a footnote in the team’s history books.
Here are some of the ways the Giants could make history on Monday according to ESPN.com:
Eli Manning chasing John Elway’s touchdown numbers
At 298 passing touchdowns in his career, he needs only two more to reach John Elway’s level. Three scores would make him the lone player at the #7 career touchdown level. The next player he will be chasing would be former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton at 342 scores.
Manning is at 99 regular season wins
Winning 100 games at quarterback is no easy feat in today’s NFL with how often players at that position are injured or replaced. If Eli can get lead the Giants to a win on Monday, the Vikings will be the 100th victim.
The Giants have 699 franchise wins (including playoffs)
New York has won a lot of games in their history, but the milestone of 700 wins is likely something the team and the fan base would celebrate if they can knock off Minnesota on the road.
No road team as won at U.S. Bank Stadium
Yes, so far it has only been the preseason and the regular season opener against the Green Bay Packers, but there is no way the Minnesota Vikings want their first loss in the new building to come in a prime time game when they are favored.
Of course, there is a chance the Minnesota Vikings can stop all of these from happening. If they can defeat the Giants and hold Eli Manning to one passing touchdown or less, New York will need to look to their next week’s game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.