Teams live and die by their quarterback play. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. The New York Giants have found new life in recent weeks, since young gunslinger Daniel Jones has replaced the aging Eli Manning. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings are wondering if they overpaid Kirk Cousins, whose weak play is sinking an underperforming Vikings team.
Though these teams have the same record (2-2), they seem to be going in very different directions heading into Week 5. However, it is still early enough in the season that the narratives are still being written.
While Jones notched another victory for the G-Men last week, he didn’t look as sharp as he did in his starting debut. Though 225 yards in the air and two interceptions was enough to get by the Redskins, it won’t work every week.
The good news is that running back Wayne Gallman looked strong filling in for Saquon Barkley, so Jones won’t have to do it all by himself.
New York’s uneven defense also played well last week, which helped Jones’ pedestrian performance. Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins had two picks after struggling in previous weeks, and Jabrill Peppers also had a pick six on a very good day for the Giants’ secondary.
Keep an eye on the Giants defensive front in the coming weeks: While they held up last week, the unit is hampered by injuries. In a week where the secondary isn’t ball hawking, the defense could be exposed.
Just as you can’t put all of the Giants’ recent win on Jones, Cousins can’t shoulder the entire burden for his team’s loss. Running back Dalvin Cook couldn’t find room to run, which was a recipe for disaster for Minnesota.
Both the running and passing woes can be largely placed at the feet of Minnesota’s terrible offensive line. Cousins was sacked six times last week, and the Giants’ banged up front might look better than they really are against one of the league’s worst units.
The Vikings defense was supposed to be a strength this season, but they have been middling. Minnesota has not been able to pressure the quarterback, which is a real problem since their O-line has been a turnstile.
You have to give the Giants the edge here, but both of these teams have areas that need improvement if they want to stay competitive for the long haul.
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New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings
- When: Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1pm ET
- Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
- Streaming: Fox, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Giants vs. Viking on streaming platforms that carry FOX. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings live stream: How to watch NFL online
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
While select Football games are no longer on Sling, you can still catch them with AirTV.
AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “it’s practically magic.” While select football games are no longer on Sling after its contract impasse with Fox—which for now means no Fox, FS1, or FS2 via Sling—you can still catch the Fox telecasts with AirTV.
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV. There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love NFL Sunday Ticket but online-only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy Football: Who should I start?
Wayne Gallman Jr., Running Back: Fantasy owners who put a waiver claim in on Gallman were rewarded last week, as the running back went for 63 yards and a touchdown filling in for Saquon Barkley. Though he isn’t as good as the injured Barkley, he is a likely starter on most fantasy teams while Saquon recovers.
Dalvin Cook, Running Back: Don’t panic. Despite an awful outing last week, Cook will bounce back. This Giants front shouldn’t be able to hold him to 2.5 yards per carry like the Bears did in Week 4.
New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings: Why it matters
While both of these teams are in divisions with better competition, both squads remain in the mix.
Kirk Cousins doesn’t have to be perfect for Minnesota to stay competitive in the NFC North. The Eagles beat the Packers last week, and Green Bay faces the Cowboys next week. The Bears also have real problems of their own. So, it’s not absurd to imagine the Vikings riding Dalvin Cook to a wild-card berth.
On the other hand, the Giants’ path to the playoffs rests on the shoulders of Daniel Jones. Expectations aren’t exactly sky-high in New York, but if Jones can keep playing well enough, this team can win. You would like to see more games like his 336-yard day against the Bucs, but good enough is, well, good enough.
While we give the edge to a Giants team that has been playing better, this could go either way. Neither of these teams is great, but either squad could be good enough to make noise as the season goes on.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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