Vikings remain perfect, shut down visiting Giants

Tue Oct 4, 2016 1:24am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The only place the Minnesota Vikings look perfect is in the win-loss column. But for new quarterback Sam Bradford, that is enough for now.

Bradford threw for a touchdown and played turnover-free football on Monday as the Vikings beat the New York Giants 24-10 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The win moves Minnesota to 4-0, where they join the Eagles and Broncos as the NFL's only remaining unbeaten teams.

Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata, the running back committee carrying the load for Minnesota with Adrian Peterson out for the long term, each had a rushing touchdown as the Vikings never trailed for the first time this season.

McKinnon led all rushers with 85 yards on 18 carries, while Bradford was 26-of-36 for 262 yards in the air.

The Giants (2-2) protected quarterback Eli Manning throughout, not allowing a Vikings sack, but were generally held in check otherwise and lost their second consecutive game.

Manning was 25-of-45 for 261 yards and directed one touchdown drive, but was intercepted once and now has thrown five touchdowns and 15 interceptions in eight career starts versus Minnesota.

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, who has had a rough season, missed a 46-yard attempt on the opening drive of the second half, but redeemed himself later in the third quarter with a 44-yarder that gave Minnesota a 17-3 lead.

They took that advantage into the fourth quarter, but the Giants' first play of the fourth was a 67-yard catch-and-run by Paul Perkins down to the Vikings 4-yard-line.   Continued...

Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph (98) and defensive end Brian Robison (96) during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports