LB JASPER BRINKLEYBrinkley, the Giants' starting middle linebacker, played four seasons with the Vikings before joining Big Blue this season. He made 30 starts in 64 games in Minnesota and knows all about the challenges of facing running back Adrian Peterson. "He did play up there, so I think he'll be juiced up for it," Spagnuolo said of Brinkley. "I don't know if you know, he just had a baby. I'm saying that because, God bless him. Tackling, and I'm all over him about doing this and that, but there's more important things in life. I think he'll play a key part in this game. He knows them a little bit. Anytime you're playing a good running team, the guy right in the middle obviously is really important."