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Leslie Frazier’s Minnesota Vikings are getting ready to play their sixth game of the season—and the team is also getting ready to start its third different quarterback in 2013.
One-time Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round pick Josh Freeman will be under center for the Purple Gang on Monday night against the winless New York Giants.
But putting points on the board hasn’t necessarily been the problem for Minnesota, as the Vikings are averaging 25.0 points per game.
However, Frazier’s club has also given up at least 27 points in each of their first five games this season. Even worse, the defense will now be a little shorthanded this week with safety Harrison Smith being placed on injured reserve/designated for return on Friday, per Josina Anderson of ESPN.
That puts a little extra emphasis on the Minnesota secondary and cornerback Josh Robinson, who will likely see Giants speedster Victor Cruz on a regular basis. The Vikings have allowed 13 touchdown passes and have picked off just seven passes in five games this season, and none of those interceptions have come via the cornerback position.
That might be food for thought as Giants quarterback Eli Manning takes aim at Frazier’s defense on Monday night.
New York Giants
No team in the league has turned over the football more than the New York Giants. In fact, their 23 miscues in six games are two more than they managed all of last season.
Of course, no team in the NFL has given up more points per game (34.8) than the G-Men, either. In fact, Tom Coughlin’s club has allowed more than twice as many points this season (209) as they have scored (103).
Hence, Big Blue is off to its worst start since 1976. For lovers of history, that was the first season the team played football at the Meadowlands.
There was a bright spot in last week’s 27-21 loss to the Chicago Bears, though, as newly acquired linebacker Jon Beason, formerly of the Carolina Panthers, totaled a team-high 12 tackles, including 11 solo stops.
Last week, his former team had to deal with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. On Monday night at MetLife Stadium, Beason will get his chance to play Peterson, hoping that his team does enough all-around to get that elusive first win of 2013.