- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

NEW YORK (6-8) at MINNESOTA (9-5)

Sunday, 8:30 p.m. EST, NBC

OPENING LINE - Vikings by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Giants 8-5-1, Vikings 11-3

SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 14-12

LAST MEETING - Giants beat Vikings 23-7, Oct. 21, 2013

LAST WEEK - Giants lost to Panthers 38-35; Vikings beat Bears 38-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - Giants No. 14, Vikings No. 11

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (24), PASS (6).

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (21), PASS (32).

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (5), PASS (31).

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (20), PASS (7).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Vikings beat Giants 44-7 in last visit to Minnesota on Jan. 3, 2010. Giants were scheduled to play there on Dec. 12, 2010, but game was diverted to Detroit next day after snowstorm damaged Metrodome roof. … Giants have been eliminated from wild-card contention but remained mathematically alive in NFC East race entering weekend. … Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. has been suspended for game by NFL for “multiple violations of safety-related playing rules” last week stemming from tussles with Carolina’s Josh Norman. … Giants QB Eli Manning has already set career high with 32 TD passes. He’s tied for third in league in that category. … RB Rashad Jennings had 107 yards last week, first 100-yard rushing game for Giants player this season. … Vikings are 3-18 in night games since 2009, with only wins coming against Green Bay (2009, Monday), at Philadelphia (2010, Tuesday) and against Washington (2013, Thursday). Vikings have lost five straight Sunday night games and are 1-7 in those time slots since 2005. … Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater posted career-best 154.4 passer rating last week vs. Bears, third highest by any NFL QB this season. Bridgewater is seventh in league in third-down passing with 104.1 rating, sixth in overall completion percentage at 66.3. … Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, team’s lone Pro Bowl pick, has 9-yard lead on Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin for NFL rushing title … Vikings DT Linval Joseph, who played four seasons with Giants and won Super Bowl with them, has missed last three games but on track to return from toe injury. … Fantasy Tip: Vikings WR Stefon Diggs, who had two TD catches last week, faces defense that has allowed league-most average of 308 yards passing per game. Next-closest team is Pittsburgh with 279.

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