At the risk of making too much out of geography and scheduling symmetry, I'd nevertheless like to say this: The two highest-profile teams in Minnesota have a defining weekend coming up in New York. It doesn't feel like a stretch because taken separately, I feel the same way about both the Twins and the Vikings. It's particularly convenient that their combined Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule happens in roughly the same place.
It will be a big disappointment if this series against the Yankees isn't a series. And if the Twins want to have a legitimate chance of winning this series, they need to win at least one game at Yankee Stadium this weekend.
The Vikings face a more interesting test at the Giants — less urgent in the big-picture, but perhaps more urgent than the amount of schedule in front of them might indicate. If Kirk Cousins struggles again and the Vikings lose, the scrutiny will only intensify.
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