Sunday, December 12, 2010
Are you ready for some Giants-Vikings?
By Dan Graziano
The New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings will eventually play, but it will be a day later than initially planned. With nearly 17 inches of snow on the ground in Minneapolis and ESPN's Twin Cities-based reporter Ed Werder reporting a leak in the Metrodome roof, the game has been postponed until 8 p.m. ET on Monday.
ESPN will stick with its previously scheduled Baltimore-Houston game on "Monday Night Football" at 8:30 p.m. ET while FOX will offer regional coverage of Giants-Vikings. On one hand, this is a good thing for the Giants because wide receivers Steve Smith (pectoral muscle) and Hakeem Nicks (right leg) will have an extra day to heal. But the Giants will now work on a short week before playing probably their biggest game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles the following Sunday.
Surely Giants coach Tom Coughlin would've preferred playing this game Sunday night. But perhaps the Metrodome roof couldn't have been repaired in time. The Giants have tried to make the best of this situation in Kansas City. They had meetings Saturday night at the hotel as they waited to find out their travel schedule. Now they can cool their heels in Kansas City a little longer before making the flight to Minneapolis.
Will the travel woes affect the Giants against the Vikings? I actually think Coughlin will have his team ready to go Monday night. But the short week is the bigger problem in my mind. The Eagles will return to Philadelphia following Sunday night's game and begin a normal week Monday. I think Andy Reid likes his chances in this type of situation, although he may choose not to elaborate on this advantage.
And quite honestly, I'm more worried about Werder's travel schedule than the Giants'. The Dallas resident recently voted in an Eden Prairie election.