Vikings – Giants Injury Report: Cameron Dantzler and Kene Nwangwu: IN or OUT tonight?

The Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants kick off the playoffs this Sunday with a huge game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Cameron Dantzler and Kene Nwangwu DOUBTFUL for Vikings vs. Giants

Cameron Dantzler and Kene Nwangwu DOUBTFUL for Vikings vs. Giants

The Giants head out on the road in this one, having sputtered in the final weeks but still managing to claw their way back into the playoff picture.

The Vikings were able to get back on track for the most pivotal stretch of the season after a victory in the season finale.

This is the rematch from Christmas Eve, when the Vikings won by a touchdown margin. That one was decided at the last second, and there’s no reason to think this one won’t be, too.

There will be a lot of people watching, and since the game will be played in Minnesota once more, it has a chance to be fantastic.

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The surprising success of the Minnesota Wild this season means that the team will be happy to play its first postseason game in its own stadium.

The Vikings know they can’t afford another slow start like they had in December’s loss to the Giants in this very stadium.

In the first matchup, they were nearly defeated due to being outrushed, so they will likely prioritize running the ball and maintaining possession from the opening whistle in this game.

The Vikings have one of the best home-field advantages in the National Football League, with a record of 8-1 at home this season.

Injury Report

Kene NwangwuRBFri, Jan 13IllnessDid Not Practice on Friday. Questionable for Wild Card vs N.Y. Giants
Akayleb EvansCBMon, Jan 9ConcussionIR. Injured Reserve. Expected Return – Week 19
Ben EllefsonTEMon, Jan 9GroinIR. Injured Reserve. Expected Return – Week 19
Cameron DantzlerCBMon, Jan 9AnkleQuestionable for Wild Card vs N.Y. Giants
Harrison SmithFSMon, Jan 9KneeLimited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Wild Card vs N.Y. Giants
Brian O’NeillOTFri, Jan 6AchillesIR. Injured Reserve
Austin SchlottmannCTue, Jan 3Lower LegIR. Injured Reserve
Andrew Booth Jr.CBWed, Nov 30Knee – MeniscusIR. Injured Reserve
Lewis CineSAFTue, Nov 29Lower LegIR. Injured Reserve
Kenny WillekesDETue, Oct 4UndisclosedIR. Injured Reserve
Bisi JohnsonWRTue, Sep 20Knee – ACLIR. Injured Reserve

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The Giants would give anything to win the most important game of the season after losing a heartbreaker to the Vikings a few weeks ago.

Although the Giants have struggled on the road, I believe they will be well prepared for the rematch against the Vikings after having already traveled to Minnesota.

Only two victories out of a possible seven leaves a lot to be desired. Considering how many key players they were missing, the loss in the championship game wasn’t too concerning.

The fact that the Giants outgained the Vikings in the first meeting should serve as additional motivation. Many of New York’s players are playing in their first postseason game ever, and that’s a big deal.

The fact that they were able to rest a lot of players last week should help them out greatly, especially since they might need their full roster for this game.

Injury Report

They are going to need every player on the field to win this game, so it is encouraging to see that none of their superstars are listed as being injured.

Joshua EzeuduOGMon, Jan 9NeckIR. Injured Reserve. Expected Return – Week 19
Shane LemieuxOGThu, Dec 29ToeIR. Injured Reserve
Wan’Dale RobinsonWRSun, Dec 18Knee – ACLIR. Injured Reserve
Elerson G. SmithLBThu, Dec 15AchillesIR. Injured Reserve
Aaron RobinsonCBSun, Dec 11Knee – ACL + MCLIR. Injured Reserve
Collin JohnsonWRWed, Dec 7AchillesIR. Injured Reserve
Marcus McKethanOGWed, Nov 30Knee – ACLIR. Injured Reserve
Nick WilliamsDETue, Nov 8BicepsIR. Injured Reserve
Sterling ShepardWRSun, Oct 30Knee – ACLIR. Injured Reserve
D.J. DavidsonDTTue, Oct 11Knee – ACLIR. Injured Reserve
Darrian BeaversLBTue, Aug 23Knee – ACLIR. Injured Reserve