Locker Room Buzz: New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observed in the locker room after the New York Giants' 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings:

Sweet relief: There were smiles. There was chatter. There were willing interview subjects as far as the eye could see. For the first time this season, the Giants had won a game, and they felt as though a weight had been lifted. "It's good to be smiling," Eli Manning said. "It's good to have that feeling in the locker room again."

Surprise, surprise: The Vikings ran 54 pass plays and 14 running plays, in spite of the fact that their running back, Adrian Peterson, is the reigning NFL MVP and their quarterback, Josh Freeman, has been on the team less than two weeks. Justin Tuck said the Giants' defense was surprised. "A little bit. A little bit, yeah," Tuck said. "Especially with Josh just being there a couple of weeks, we were really prepared to see a lot of No. 28."

Hurt again: After missing three games with a neck injury, center David Baas injured his left knee on the first series and sat out the rest of the game. He'll have an MRI on Monday but isn't optimistic. "I can't catch a break," Baas said.