This was about as ugly as it can get for the Minnesota Vikings in their 23-7 loss to the New York Giants. The Vikings struggled badly behind Josh Freeman's first start against a very bad Giants defense.
Not only did Freeman struggle, but so did Adrian Peterson. He finished with only 28 yards on 13 carries. It was the lowest total for Peterson since Week 11 of the 2011 season. In that game, he rushed for only 26 yards on six carries before leaving the game with an injury.
This was a game that the Vikings badly needed to salvage their season—they fell flat on their faces. On a positive note, the defense held Eli Manning to only 200 passing yards, but it dropped two passes that should have been intercepted. It was the first game of the season without an interception for Manning.
The Vikings offense was shutout in the game as the only score came on an 86-yard punt return in the first quarter by Marcus Sherels.
Here are some terrible takeaways for this game.