The New York Giants got their first win of the season Monday night by holding Adrian Peterson in check and converting Minnesota mistakes into a 23-7 victory.
The Giants began the season with six losses in which they were the team turning over the ball and showing little penchant for playing defense. But against the Vikings (1-5), they were efficient enough, if not overwhelming, and had three takeaways.
Peterson, the league’s MVP last season, was held to 28 yards rushing five days after his 2-year-old son was buried in South Dakota. The man accused in the death was indicted on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges Monday.
Peterson was not aided by a rusty Josh Freeman, making his debut as Vikings quarterback.
Josh Brown kicked three field goals, Rueben Randle caught a 24-yard touchdown pass and Peyton Hillis ran for a touchdown for New York (1-6).
Dolphins acquire McKinnie
Even though tackle Bryant McKinnie lost his starting job two weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins figure he can upgrade their leaky line.
The Dolphins acquired McKinnie on Monday from the Baltimore Ravens for a conditional late-round draft pick.
McKinnie, 34, will likely compete for playing time with right tackle Tyson Clabo, who allowed two fourth-quarter sacks in Miami’s loss Sunday to Buffalo and has given up seven sacks this season.
McKinnie, who is listed at 6-foot-8 and 352 pounds but might be bigger, started all four postseason games a year ago at left tackle for the Super Bowl champion Ravens.
He also started the first five games this season, then he was benched in favor of Eugene Monroe and has since been inactive.
Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended for two games by the NFL for two helmet-first hits.
The league announced that Meriweather will sit out this week against the Denver Broncos and the following game against the San Diego Chargers.
Meriweather can appeal the suspension. If he does, a hearing will be held before the Broncos game.
Meriweather was flagged for personal fouls on defenseless receivers in the third and fourth quarters of a 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
In issuing the suspension, the league cited Meriweather’s status as a repeat offender.
He was fined $42,000 for a helmet-first hit on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy in Week 2.