1. Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeaux will be too much for the Vikings
As solid as the Vikings offensive line is, it really seems as if there are no matches in the NFL for the tandem of Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeaux, who have racked up six sacks and 25 pressures combined in the last three games.
These two players were quite literally the reason the Giants won the game against Washington last week. Not only did Thibodeaux have a strip sack TD and the goal line stop against Taylor Heinicke, but Ojulari caused a ton of pressure on Heinicke’s second fumble of the game that essentially sealed the deal.
While the Vikings have two very good offensive tackles in Christian Darrisaw and Brian O’Neill, there is still a good chance Ojulari and Thibodeaux dominate, especially considering that O’Neill has given up six sacks this season.
In addition to this epic edge-rushing duo, the Giants still have Dexter Lawrence, who will be primarily matched up against a rather weak interior offensive line. Between Ed Ingram, Ezra Cleveland, and Garrett Bradbury, the Vikings interior line has allowed 15 sacks. While nine of these can be attributed to the rookie Ingram, Cleveland and Bradbury certainly aren’t stars.
With how elite the Vikings receiving core is, especially Justin Jefferson, the Giants pass-rush must hit home and dominate if the defense wants a chance to slow down this elite Vikings offense. The best chance at this happening is another top tier performance from the Giants young edge-rushing duo.