3 takeaways from Giants' Week 5 loss to Vikings

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Despite Diggs' request, the Vikings told one National Football League team "definitely interested" in acquiring Diggs that the wide receiver was not available for trade, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported.

Minnesota has run their offense through the NFL's second-leading rusher Dalvin Cook for the majority of this season. But when we play well, we're good, too.

When the Vikings drafted Irv Smith the second round of April's draft, it was assumed he'd play a big role in the offense, but that has not been the case so far this season. Quarterback Kirk Cousins and he is two top receivers (Adam Thielen and Stefan Diggs) were all unhappy and the passing game was going nowhere.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants. Jones and his fellow G-Men will look to make it three for three on Sunday with a hefty +5.5 points granted to them.

After an ugly division loss and a dramatic week of headlines questioning the internal stability in Minnesota, this felt about as must-win as a game could get five weeks into the season, and it quieted some of the noise around Cousins' play and the notion that things might be teetering on the verge of falling apart.

So, who will it be: the Vikings or the Giants?

Add in the defense, and the reality is the Vikings have it all. "He was obviously a really good player in college and we drafted him for a reason".

Starting running back Wayne Gallman leaving the game early due to a concussion also destroyed any semblance of a running game for the Giants, which hurt all afternoon.

But despite the missed practices, the fines, the ostensible trade request, and his apparent unhappiness with the Kirk Cousins-led offense, Diggs will reportedly play against the Giants on Sunday. "I thought it was a very balanced attack today through the pass game and the run game".

Jones finished his day 21-of-38 for 182 yards and a touchdown and an interception for a paltry rating of 65.9. Yielding 6.4 yards per rushing attempt will get a team beat every time. His 52-yarder in the second quarter, in which he took the ball out of the end zone - something the Giants rarely seem to do - got the Giants to mid-field and set up their first touchdown.

Vikings: return home to face another NFC East team, the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

The bottom line is the Giants didn't play well enough and they now head to New England for a game against the Super Bowl champion Patriots (5-0) on Thursday night.