So the Matt Cassel-as-starting-quarterback era wasn't a very long one for the Minnesota Vikings.
Once the Vikings signed Tampa Bay Buccaneers castoff Josh Freeman last week, it was only a matter of time before Freeman was handed the reins to the Minnesota offense. Backup Matt Cassel played well in his first game after replacing former starter Christian Ponder, but last Sunday's brutal loss to the Carolina Panthers was all the Vikings leadership needed to see to make the switch to Freeman.
So the Vikings will head to New Jersey for Monday Night Football (8:30 p.m. EST, ESPN) against the New York Giants in a game that probably looked good on paper to ESPN executives before the season started. Nobody could have imagined that these two teams would meet in Week 7 with a combined record of 1-10.
Records aside, the Monday night matchup should be rather interesting, as it pits two teams that haven't been able to get out of their own way during the 2013 season. The Vikings and their fans have been horrified that their defense is giving up 31.6 points a game. The boys in blue are faring even worse; the Giants defense is surrendering a whopping 34.8 points per outing.
If that leads you to believe Monday's game will be an offensive shootout, you might be mistaken. Quarterback Eli Manning has had a nightmarish start to his season, leading the NFL with 15 interceptions. The Vikings will counter with Freeman, who's had under 10 practices with the team.
The following tidbit sort of sums up the Vikings' season so far: Minnesota is playing a winless team that has a staggering point differential of minus-106 with a quarterback who leads the league in interceptions, and it's a three-point underdog, per Vegas Insider.
Oh well, another era of Vikings football begins this week with Freeman at quarterback. Vikings fans can only hope that Freeman plays well enough so that they're not clamoring for a quarterback in next year's draft.
Here are five bold predictions for the Vikings' Week 7 matchup with the New York Giants.