The Minnesota Vikings are trying desperately to keep their 2013 season alive. After a 1-4 start, it’s basically on life support and in need of a miracle. The team is hoping that the miracle will come in the form of Josh Freeman. The recently signed quarterback has now officially been declared the starter for the Vikings’ game on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants.
This move comes on the heels of Matt Cassel‘s terrible performance in week six and the benching of Christian Ponder following his rib injury. It also seemed clear from the moment that the Vikings signed Freeman that they were intent on playing him. At this point, they have absolutely nothing to lose by doing so.
While the Vikings are still technically alive for the postseason, the remainder of the season will be more about an audition for Freeman. He has eleven games to show the coaches and front office what he’s made of. If he performs like he has over the past two years, he’ll give the Vikings no reason to considering signing him long-term. But if his situation in Tampa was truly poisoning him like many claimed it was, it’s possible the 25-year old could elevate his game in a big way with his new team.
Freeman’s first start will come just two weeks after signing with the Vikings and he’ll be put in the national spotlight on MNF. The good news for the QB is that he’ll be facing a Giants’ defense that’s been bad so far in 2013, giving up nearly 400 yards a game.