Considering the Giants are at risk of going 0-7 and the Vikings only have one win of their own, I would say this game is for pride. The Giants’ Super Bowl victory wasn’t 50 years ago, was it? Then why does it feel that way? This is the worst season the Giants have ever endured under head coach Tom Coughlin, and New York fans live by the mantra “What have you done for me lately?” like no other sports town that I know.
They are also very knowledgeable and are painfully aware of their home team’s historic ineptitude. In addition, Eli Manning is in the midst of having a career-worst year.
Listing, everything that is wrong with the Giants is like a taking a Sunday stroll through a war zone. There are potholes and craters everywhere: a turnover prone quarterback, no running game, poor secondary, no pass rush. I could go on, but the stench of it all is just unbearable. The defense couldn’t stop up a toilet with an infinite roll of toilet paper, and the offense can’t outscore anyone. It’s no wonder they can’t win anything this season.
The Minnesota Vikings are not much better than Giants, but at least the team has a victory under its belt. Veteran QB Matt Cassel started last week against the Carolina Panthers and the Vikes were molly-whopped by 25 points. I suppose head coach Leslie Frazier has seen enough of the Cassel experiment and has pulled the trigger on former Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman, who is slated to start against the Giants.
Though Josh has struggled this season – his QBR and passer rating are among the worst in the league — the young man does have plenty of talent. He passed for over 4,000 yards with 27 touchdowns to only 17 interceptions last season, but had been struggling mightily for former coach Mike Schiano prior to his departure from the Bucs.
Is it possible Freeman will suffer the same struggles as Cassel and Christian Ponder before him? After all, that offensive line is still horrible at pass protection.
Adrian Peterson is still one of the hardest running backs to take down in the NFL. He only had 10 carries for 62 yards last week and will be looking to get back on track against a New York run defense that is among the league’s worst. But even if A.P. gets back on track, I don’t see how simply plugging in a quarterback with little or no chemistry with his receivers into what is being billed as a West Coast offense is going to work.
The Giants may stink to high heaven, but at least it is a familiar stench. The Giants will finally get their first win on Monday night.
Ricardo A. Hazell is a freelance Sports Writer for RantSports based out of New York City. You can follow him on Twitter at NikosMightyDad or add him to your network at Google Plus.