by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Departmentposted Oct 22 2013 10:17AM
With six losses on their resume, the New York Giants could have been wondering if they would ever win a game this season.
Instead, they searched within to see what they are made of.
"The players and coaches have great pride in what we're doing," Eli Manning said Monday night after - at last - the team's first victory, 23-7 over the Minnesota Vikings. "We just had to keep going, get rid of some of the mistakes, and play the way we need to play."
They were efficient, if not overwhelming, which is all they needed to be against the mistake-prone Vikings (1-5).
The Giants began the season as the team turning over the ball (minus-16 difference) while showing little penchant for playing defense. But against the Vikings, they had three takeaways to one lost fumble.
Adrian Peterson, the league's MVP last season and a 2,000-yard rusher, was held to 28 yards 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, prosecutors said Monday.
"It was tough sledding. We couldn't get anything established up front," Peterson said.
"I was focused on preparing for the game, unfortunately it didn't work out the way we wanted to. It was tough. The defense made it hard."
Peterson was not helped by a rusty Josh Freeman, making his debut as Vikings quarterback after being signed as a free agent when Tampa Bay cut the 2009 first-round draft pick. Freeman frequently missed open receivers, and several of his throws sailed yards beyond his targets.
Coach Leslie Frazier said he considered taking out Freeman, but that the score was close enough for him to stick with his new QB.
Josh Brown kicked three field goals and Rueben Randle caught a 24-yard TD pass for New York (1-6).
"For us, we can't look too much past a win and a step in the right direction," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. "We can't look beyond the next step."
Marcus Sherels provided Minnesota's points with an 86-yard punt return, but his fumble without being hit during a runback midway in the third quarter set up New York at the Vikings 3.
Peyton Hillis, signed last Wednesday with the Giants in dire need of running backs, surged in from the 1 for a 17-7 lead - New York's biggest in 2013.
The lead grew on Brown's 23-yard field goal to finish off a 16-play, 75-yard drive, and to 23-7 on his 36-yarder. Another Vikings mistake handed those points to the Giants: Rookie Sharrif Floyd, a defensive tackle of all things, fumbled at Minnesota's 18 while returning a short kickoff.
"We needed to get one on the board," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "I told (general manager) Jerry Reese that I think we have a shovel to start digging our way out of this hole. Hopefully, tonight is something we can build off. It's still a long way to climb out of this hole. But this was something that we could get the ball rolling."
The Giants controlled the clock and the ball for most of the opening quarter and led 3-0 when Sherels broke his spectacular punt return - the third against the Giants this season. He sped down the left sideline virtually untouched, then twice faked out punter Steve Weatherford. By the time Weatherford reached Sherels, it was at the goal line - where Weatherford brought him down with a horse-collar tackle.
Minnesota had a total of 8 yards on punt runbacks heading into Monday night. But Sherels set a team mark with 119.
Before Sherels' sprint, New York had gone 17 plays and used up the first 9:36, but bogged down at the 16 and Brown made a 35-yard field goal.
And one play after Minnesota hurt itself on rookie Xavier Rhodes' 23-yard pass interference penalty, Manning threw a laser to a leaping Randle in the left corner of the end zone for a 10-7 lead.
It was the first time New York led at halftime all season. The defense held Peterson to 9 yards rushing on eight carries, and he didn't do much more in the second half.
Manning, who led the league with 15 interceptions, didn't throw one for the first time all season. And while Freeman was picked only one time, by Antrel Rolle, he looked like someone who hadn't played in more than a month.
"A lot of the plays were just a hair off," Freeman said.
Freeman finished 20 of 53 for 190 yards. Manning was 23 for 39 for 200 yards.
NOTES: Giants center David Baas, who missed the last three games with a neck injury, returned but soon was sidelined by a knee problem. He'll have an MRI on Tuesday. ... Frazier said there would be MRIs for fullback Rhett Ellison on his left ankle, and halfback Matt Asiata on his shoulder. ... The Giants had given up a league-high 209 points before shutting down Minnesota.
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of robbing a liquor store in Cedar Rapids.
Police say two men entered Big Discount Liquor on Tuesday night with guns and demanded money. No injuries were reported and the men left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Authorities say they quickly located a suspect vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The car was found unoccupied a short time later, but officers found two people matching the description of the robbery suspects. They were arrested.
A third suspect was identified in the investigation and arrested.
The men have been identified at 27-year-old Robert Larry Ray Barlow, 36-year-old Joshua M. Sandlin and 19-year-old Jack Daniels Yoders. They each face a charge of first-degree robbery, among others. Court records do not list attorneys.
Authorities say they're looking for a man who failed to return from a work release assignment in central Iowa.
The state Department of Corrections says 24-year-old Nelson Messiah Humes was placed on escape status Saturday. He is accused of failing to return to the Curt Forbes Residential Center in Ames from a work release assignment.
Hume was on parole supervision before being transferred to work release in August. He is serving time for a conviction of willful injury causing bodily injury and first-degree theft.
An Iowa sheriff's deputy says his agency has contracted to pick up a man in a Vermont jail so he can face charges in his home state.
Thirty-two-year-old Christopher M. Wood was arrested in the northeastern Vermont town of St. Johnsbury last week after a traffic stop and police discovered he's wanted on warrants stemming from an April hammer attack in Cherokee County.
A Vermont judge offered Wood the opportunity to drive himself home so he could face the charges, but he couldn't post the required bail.
Wood's attorney says his client wants to return to Iowa.
Cherokee County Chief Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen says Wood waived extradition and they've contracted with a transport company to get him. He doesn't know when Wood will be returned.
A 38-year-old man is scheduled to be resentenced Wednesday for the 1992 slaying of a woman in Dubuque when he was a teenager.
Court records say Sean Rhomberg was 16 when he was charged after the November 1992 killing of 70-year-old Marion Carpenter. Rhomberg was convicted of stabbing Carpenter in the neck with a kitchen knife during a robbery attempt. Authorities say Carpenter had hired Rhomberg the day before to shovel snow at her home.
Rhomberg has been serving a life sentence. Rhomberg's attorney filed a motion for a resentencing after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a U.S. Supreme Court decision that banned sentences of life without parole for juveniles can be applied retroactively.
Federal authorities say an Iowa man has been charged with defrauding his former employer in Illinois of at least $2.7 million.
U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said 47-year-old Dominic Scodeller of Davenport, Iowa, was arrested Tuesday on charges of fraud and money laundering. A grand jury indicted Scodeller on 15 counts last week.
Authorities say Scodeller defrauded Bituminous Insurance Companies from about 2001 to May 2013. Scodeller was a purchasing and facilities manager for the Rock Island-based company. Authorities say he approved payments to bogus entities that he created and transferred the money for personal use.
Scodeller was ordered held in U.S. Marshals Service custody pending a detention hearing.
He faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of fraud and money laundering. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.
Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in Iowa as the election nears.
The former first lady, senator and secretary of state planned to appear Wednesday at events in Cedar Rapids and Davenport. She was expected to stress early voting.
Clinton came to Iowa in September to headline retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's last annual \"Steak Fry\" fundraiser. She has kept up a busy schedule this fall, campaigning for Democrats in close races.
On Saturday, former President Bill Clinton will appear at two events in Iowa for Braley.
Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard. Ernst will campaign Wednesday with Arizona Sen. John McCain.
A Waterloo man faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of another man at a nightclub in August.
36-year-old Rodolfo Gonzalez Pena made an appearance in court Tuesday. Online records do not list an attorney.
Pena is accused of shooting 35-year-old Celio Antonio Posada, of Minneapolis, in the early morning hours of Aug. 23. The pair hung out prior to the shooting. Authorities say they still don't know what led to the shooting.
Gonzalez has been jailed on gun charges since the shooting.
Commercial air flights will return to Fort Dodge with Air Choice One offering trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Fort Dodge has been without air service since Great Lakes Airlines stopped flights in February, because of a lack of pilots.
It's not yet known when the new flights by Air Choice One will start. The airline's chief administrative officer, Cindy Stork, says a starting date hasn't been finalized.
But Rhonda Chambers, the aviation director of Fort Dodge Regional Airport, says she expects the service will start in about 60 to 90 days. Chambers says the airport's commission is excited commercial flights will be offered again at the Fort Dodge airport.
A former northeastern Iowa ethanol plant worker says a jury's $1.4 million verdict in her favor sends a message that workplace sexual harassment cannot be tolerated.
A jury ruled last week that Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler must pay Tina Haskenhoff $100,000 for lost wages and $1.3 million for past and future emotional distress.
Haskenhoff says plant manager Kevin Howes and other employees repeatedly made inappropriate comments about her and other women. Haskenhoff says she was accused of poor performance after complaining in 2011.
Haskenhoff said Tuesday she cried after the Chickasaw County jury returned the verdict. The 46-year-old Sumner resident says she hopes that she can move on from a devastating period.
But corporation attorney Kevin Visser says the verdict's tainted by improper jury instructions that will be appealed.
Two students have been suspended from a Lancaster-area high school football team after a prank involving the head of the school's Baron mascot.
The Manheim Central School District removed the defensive starters, both seniors, from the team. That happened after a photograph appeared on SnapChat showing one of them wearing the Baron's head while nude in the locker room.
Reno Dart and the player who took the photo were also suspended from school for three days for what the district deemed \"defacing school property.\"
The district did not identify the second player and declined comment.
Dart's parents told the newspaper the Oct. 17 photograph was likely in poor taste but not malicious. The mascot wasn't damaged.
They say the episode has cost both players college scholarship opportunities.
Relatives of a Broncos fan who went missing during last week's game are concerned for his safety.
Police are still searching for 53-year-old Paul Kitterman since Thursday night's matchup with the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field. His stepson, Jarod Tonneson, says he was last seen after he left his seat to meet friends at halftime.
Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said detectives do not suspect foul play, but he would not elaborate.
Relatives spent the weekend posting fliers and checking area hospitals and detox centers.
Tonneson says Kitterman had left his cellphone at home and did not have much cash. He says Kitterman has no known health problems and does not use drugs.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois.
Department spokesman David Roeder (ROH'-der) said Tuesday that Cronus Chemicals will build the plant just outside Tuscola. The plant will employ about 175 people. Another 2,000 temporary construction jobs are expected to be created while the plant is being built.
Roeder confirmed Cronus also plans to open a U.S. headquarters in Chicago with about 25 employees.
Construction is expected to start on the Cronus Fertilizers plant next spring and take about three years.
The company chose the site over another location in Mitchell County, Iowa. It considered sites in other states, too.
Details of any incentives that Illinois offered to Cronus weren't immediately available.