4 bold predictions for the NY Giants vs. Vikings Christmas Eve showdown
By Reese Nasser
Heading into Week 16, Daniel Jones and the New York Giants find themselves in a position to earn a spot in the playoffs. With their 8-5-1 record, another win could all but secure them a dance beyond Week 18.
The Giants will be in for a challenge against a strong Minnesota Vikings team. Led by quarterback Kirk Cousins, this team is 11-3 on the season and already know they’ll be in the postseason this winter.
This Christmas Eve matchup could play a major role in this final stretch of the season. If the Giants hope to make a run in the postseason, this is the type of game they must be able to win. Here’s four bold predictions for the action.
4. Darius Slayton records 100-plus receiving yards
The Vikings secondary has had its fair share of poor performances this year, leading to them being the weakest part of this defense. Through 14 games, they have allowed a total of 3,903 passing yards, the second most in the NFL. They have also allowed 20 receiving touchdowns, which is among the most of any secondary.
With the troubles in the Vikings secondary, Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton could find himself having a very big day. Slayton has been the go-to option through the air for this Giants offense nearly all season. He has totaled 40 receptions for 631 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns on 62 total targets this year. But, even with his success, Slayton is yet to surpass 100 receiving yards in a game in 2022.
With how the Vikings have given up yards through the air, specifically down the field, the Giants could look to stretch the field often. Throughout his career, Slayton has found success with his speed, often leading to him being on the receiving end of the deep ball. If Slayton can once again be a reliable option for this offense, he could record his best outing of the season.