The Minnesota Vikings bludgeoned another opponent Monday night, beating the New York Giants, 24-10. Minnesota, which is allowing just 12.5 points per game, forced two turnovers and held Odell Beckham Jr. in check throughout.
“Our corners played awesome tonight,” Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I think Odell had three catches for 23 yards or something like that. Anytime you can hold a guy that talented to that minimal of an outing, it’s a big deal. Hats off to the DBs tonight. They played a great game.”
Especially Xavier Rhodes, who frustrated Beckham the entire game. The star wideout even drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for bumping Rhodes while lobbying for a flag after the whistle.
“He’s had a couple of those the past couple games,” Barr said. “It wasn’t in the game plan. We didn’t say, ‘Let’s get in his head’ or anything like that. But Xavier was frustrating him, playing great defense. When you’re getting good defense played against you, you’re going to get frustrated sometimes.”
Sam Bradford, meanwhile, was his usual steady self. He finished 26-of-36 for 262 yards and a touchdown, while Jerick McKinnon rushed 18 times for 85 yards and a touchdown.
“Those guys are amazing,” Barr said. “To step in given the circumstances and to go out and perform at a high level and keep us in games – they won us the game tonight. Hats off to those guys. It’s impressive seeing them come in and doing what they do. I’m not surprised because I see them work every day and they’re great competitors and work extra hard. They just got to keep it up.”
The Vikings (4-0) have defeated Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton and Eli Manning in their last three games. Even more impressive, they’ve allowed just 11.3 points per game in the process.
“I think at the end of last year we started rolling a little bit,” Barr said of the defense. “It’s good to have everybody come back and have that chemistry. We’re very comfortable, communicate very well and we just got to keep rolling.”
Minnesota hosts Houston (3-1) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.