U.S. Sports Desk, Oct 22 (EFE).- The New York Giants beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 on "Monday Night Football," getting their first win of the season despite another sloppy performance by the offense.
"It's nice to win and hopefully it'll give us some excitement, some enthusiasm, about coming to work this week, a short week preparing to play in the division this weekend," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said.
New York's defense got the job done against the Vikings, whose offense sputtered under recently signed quarterback Josh Freeman.
Freeman completed just 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception, giving him a passer rating of 40.6.
Minnesota's star running back, Adrian Peterson, was never a factor in the game, gaining just 28 yards on 13 carries.
The Giants (1-6) were able to capitalize on miscues by the Vikings (1-5) while avoiding turnovers.
"It's good. It's good to be smiling and have a little excitement in the locker room afterwards. Those things are fun. If you play and don't win, after a while you kind of forget that winning feeling, so it's good to get one right here and we needed it. Hopefully we keep it going," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said.
Manning finished the game 23 of 39 for 200 yards, with a touchdown, no interceptions and a passer rating of 81.1.
Running back Peyton Hillis, who was signed by the Giants last Wednesday, scored a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
"I think that I did some things to help the team win and other things, I didn't. There's a lot of room for improvement and I'm just glad that I can be with the organization and we can get the win tonight," Hillis, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month, said.