Metrodome roof collapses, Giants-Vikings game moved

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 05: Sidney Rice  of the Minnesota Vikings catches a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at the Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 5, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is reporting that the Giants and Vikings will not be able to play at the Metrodome after the stadium’s roof collapsed early Sunday morning. The game was already moved being moved to Monday because of bad weather in the area, but now the Metrodome won’t be ready until Wednesday.

Multiple alternative stadiums are being considered, including the Colts’ home at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Lions’ home digs at Detroit’s Ford Field, and University of Minnesota’s new TCF Bank stadium. The NFL will try to find a new venue so the game can still be played on Monday night.

This is something that may not seem like a big deal, but dig deeper and you realize the ramifications for both teams. The Giants have a huge game coming up next Sunday against the Eagles and their routine has been shot to hell. They stayed in Kansas City on Saturday night because of the bad weather in the Minneapolis area and now their game with the Vikings will be shifted to Monday. That means a shorter week of practice and preparation for the Philadelphia game, and they still have to get past Minnesota first.

For the Vikings, they’re hanging onto slim playoff hopes as it is and now their home field advantage in this game is gone. The Giants have the better team and now get to play the Vikings on a neutral field.

It’ll be interesting to see where they move the game. One would think that the Vikings would rather have it in one of the domes, but maybe they want to keep the game in Minnesota and hang onto whatever home field advantage they have left.

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