We at Gothamist couldn’t be more confused about the Giants. After starting the season 4-1 they lost a brutal home-game to the Lions that we thought they would easily win. Now the Giants travel to the Metrodome to take on the 5-1 Vikings and their quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who is making fantasy football owners across the nation vastly over-stimulated.

With Amani Toomer injured and unlikely to play, we feel that this is going to be a tough game for Big Blue to take, but we also remember that last season the Giants handed the then 6-0 Vikings their first loss of the season and sacked Culpepper 4 times. With Toomer out, Gothamist favorite Jamaar Taylor will have to make some plays and we feel that he will. The offensive line is also banged up and that terrifies us.

The Giants have struggled in the red zone on both sides of the ball thus far and that has to change if they are to avoid the kind of swoon they suffered last season. Opposing teams have scored 12 touchdown in 16 trips to the red zone, while the Giants have scored 7 touchdowns in their 21 trips deep into opposing territory. Maybe the answer is getting tight end Jeremy Shockey more involved, but what do we know?

Obviously Kurt Warner has to hold on to the ball better than he did last week and with the receiving corps diminished Tiki Barber will have to carry more of the offensive load that he already does. Don't look now, but Tiki could be breaking some Giants records before too long.

As for the spread, we'll take the Giants giving 7, but don't recommend that you do. We'd say take the Jets on Sunday. They ought to beat the Fish by more than 7.

On a sad note, Mark Ingram, a key to the New York Giants 1991 Super Bowl victory was sentenced to one year in jail last Thursday for stealing a credit card at a Michigan golf course. Ingram is already serving time in a federal prison on a parole violation. Nice work Mark.