Minnesota Vikings: Josh Freeman’s Rusty Debut Was Totally Expected

Jim O’Connor – USA Today Sports

The Minnesota Vikings failed to show up at MetLife Stadium yesterday as they were completely outplayed by Eli Manning’s New York Giants. The team was never able to make things happen defensively and they didn’t fare much better in the offensive side of the ball.

A lot of the criticism made to the offense of the team are directed towards the quarterback position, where neither Christian Ponder nor Matt Cassel have been able to perform at a decent level throughout the season. Josh Freeman didn’t do it better in his first start yesterday, but it’s safe to say that a performance like the one he had was totally expected.

The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal-caller was signed only a few days ago after being released from his former team, and while he was supposed to play at some point this season, nobody thought it would be this early. Freeman virtually had no time to learn the playbook and he wasn’t even able to create any sort of chemistry with his teammates, as he’s had less than five practices with the first line.

Not even Peyton Manning would’ve been able to do a decent job in that context.

These arguments, however, can’t hide the fact that Freeman struggled mightily yesterday. He completed only 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards and was unable to find the end zone. He showed all kinds of problems with his throwing accuracy, and it was fairly noticeable that he lacked knowledge of the offensive scheme of the team.

Based on the team’s performance so far, it’s safe to say they won’t go anywhere this season. But if Freeman is given more playing time, he could be the long-term answer in a position where the Vikings have struggled the last few years.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google


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