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Congratulations to the Minnesota Vikings, who turned in a performance so wretched and grotesque on Monday night that they were blown out by the horrendous New York Giants. Losing in such fashion to a team as bad as Big Blue is a significant achievement.
New quarterback Josh Freeman played one of the worst games in the history of the position, completing only 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards and an interception. No, you didn't misread that statistic. It shouldn't have read "20 of 43."
Freeman has now completed a staggeringly low 43 percent of his passes on the season.
Somewhere, Greg Schiano is vigorously nodding his head in approval.
One has to wonder what backup quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel felt as they watched Freeman sail pass after pass 10 yards over the head of intended receivers. It's tough to imagine that either man couldn't have piloted the Vikings to victory, as the Giants didn't exactly set the football world on fire with their play.
Freeman's performance had nothing to do with his limited knowledge of the playbook and/or offense; it had everything to do with his lack of skills at the quarterback position. It was an atrocious first game for Freeman in a Viking uniform.
Next up for the Vikings is a Sunday night tilt with the suddenly hot Packers, and it appears as if Ponder will get the start, as Freeman recovers from a concussion.
Good luck with that, Minnesota.
Next Game: Green Bay (Sunday Night Football)