Which team is actually worse? The Giants are 30th in points and 32nd in points allowed (average game: 34.8-17.2), while the Vikes are 10th in points (I'm as surprised as you are) and 30th in points allowed (average game: 31.6-25.0). The Giants are 31st in Football Outsiders' DVOA; the Vikes are 27th. The Giants are 32nd in turnover differential (the Vikes are even in turnover differential).
Of course which team is actually worse isn't the issue when they take the field against each other: then it's about a matchup in a given location. And the matchup should be terrifying to the Vikings, despite of the Giants' own nature. The Giants' best WR averages 90.2 yards per game and 15.5 yards per reception. Their second best WR averages 73.7 yards per game and 17.7 yards per reception. And their third best WR averages 55.5 yards per game and 16.7 yards per game.
The Viking secondary is awful (last in the league in pass TDs allowed). They have no chance--none--of stopping all three of these guys. On many, many plays Monday, one of these three guys is going to be open downfield. For the Vikings to win, they have to pressure Eli Manning: sack him, hit him, hurry him into rushed short throws, force him into turnovers. They can win if they do that: a QB can't get the ball to open receivers when he doesn't have time and space to see the receiver, and Manning has something of a penchant for turnovers. But they probably won't. I expect something like 250-300 combined yards from those three WRs, and for those players, those yards are not dink and dunk accumulation: those guys get downfield. They'll be burning the Vikes by putting the team in scoring position and putting the team in the end zone.
But the Vikings get to play offense too, and the Giants aren't good on defense. So the Vikes can stick Josh Freeman out there, send Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson,and/or Cordarrelle Patterson downfield, use some mass protection formations and personnel to give the WRs time to get downfield and Freeman time to see them, plant, and let it rip. Can you imagine seeing a Viking team that can regularly threaten when they throw deep? Do you remember what it was like to see a deep pass thrown and feel hope? Not just random "hey, you never know!" hope, but the reasonable hope that this was going to be another big play? It wasn't that long ago that Brett Favre was chucking it to Sidney Rice, or Gus Frerotte was finding Bernard Berrian (during his one good Viking year), or even Randy Moss was doing Randy Moss things. But the last few years, I've rarely felt strong anticipation while the deep pass is hanging in the air. Maybe Josh Freeman can give that back to us.
I've wondered before about Viking fans that never watch any but Viking games, who must be confused when people talk about Eli Manning as a good quarterback, who must be very confused to learn he has two Super Bowl MVPs. In his career against the Vikes, he has thrown 3 TDs and 11 INTs. That doesn't mean anything on Monday night, of course: Darren Sharper isn't looming around in the secondary looking to pick off passes (Jamarca Sanford is!).
You've been despairing of the quarterback position, and now Josh Freeman gives you hope. Enjoy these few days. If Josh Freeman sucks Monday night, you get to go right back into despair for another 10 weeks. No, no, of course if Josh Freeman has only been with the team for two weeks: he could suck Monday, but still be good in the future, maybe even soon. But if he sucks it will sure feel like despair.
The last big in-season acquisition to give Viking fans hope was Randy Moss...so maybe I'm a little jaded. Enjoy the hopefulness of the next few days, and try to keep in mind that Monday is just one game, with a quarterback that has learned the offense and his teammates' timing and tendencies for just two weeks. It's not the singular answer to the franchise's future.
Other Interesting Games
Week 7 Games
Cowboys-Eagles. The winner of this game will be the NFC East's only team over .500. You get the Chip Kelly Offense Show (they've scored 30+ points in four of six games, and have 425+ yards in all six games) and the Dallas Cowboy Drama Show (they're outscoring the Eagles, too). The elite fantasy involvement is high (McCoy, Jackson, Bryant, Witten, Romo).
Bengals-Lions. Similar teams to me: talented cores on defensive line, elite WRs, basically a tough, well-built roster, but real questions whether the team itself can become elite.
A few weeks ago I got the cursed object: the 2005 Viking Draft DVD was placed in my children's sandbox (supposedly with football cards of all the players on my fantasy roster inserted in the case). But I have had good weeks, so I've kept it there: I think the sandbox may have protective magic. (I originally thought it was a turtle shape, meaning it was a benevolent force, but then realized it was frog shaped, which is a hellish, awful creature that has never wished well upon me, so I don't know what to think.). Then some wit in my league decided to up the game: in my mailbox last Saturday I discovered a DVD of the Vikings-Saints NFC Championship Game. If this object had been sent to me in 2010 or 2011, it might have shattered the league: the conflict would have created an irreparable rift. But some distance from the horrid event has softened its blow: it's another in a long line of devastating playoff losses that the franchise still has not redeemed itself from. Still, this new object doesn't appear to have cursed me (I'm having a good year in all leagues).
Bright side of a lost season
I usually feel lousy when I play any of my fantasy players against the Vikings: I avoid it whenever it is reasonable. But during a season like this, when the Vikings aren't real playoff contenders, that lousy feeling...well, it's still there, but it is significantly diminished. Does it really matter if the Vikes go 1-15 or fight their way to 8-8? Well, indirectly, because if they get close to .500 at this point, it means Josh Freeman is doing well, which we want. But that's indirectly. I don't feel any different about a 4-12 season than I do about a 5-11 season (and if you're into that sort of thing, the earlier the pick potentially the better draft prospects). All that I want to see is Josh Freeman show he's a franchise guy. Whether Hakeem Nicks (my fantasy starter this week) goes crazy against the Vikings isn't going to stop Josh Freeman from showing that, and it certainly isn't going to be what stops the Vikes from winning a Super Bowl this year. So go nuts, Hakeem.