The Minnesota Vikings looked helpless on offense Monday night against the New York Giants. Josh Freeman was very underwhelming in his Vikings debut as he overthrew more receivers than he completed passes, which was a measly 20 despite throwing the ball 53 times. Although the Vikings threw down the field quite often, the Giants were still very effective against the run game as Adrian Peterson gained just 28 yards on 13 carries.
There was not much good that came out of the 23-7 loss to a Giants team that was winless prior to the game, but at least there is hope Freeman can improve next week in his third game as a Viking. The reason Freeman was ineffective on Monday was the inaccuracy of his throws as he routinely threw the ball over receivers’ heads and completed zero passes longer than 20 yards because he couldn’t keep the ball in the playing field.
The offensive line struggled once again and as a result, the Vikings’ pass and run game were negatively affected. Peterson rarely made it past the line of scrimmage and when he did, it was because he either broke a tackle, or fell forward for a gain of just a few yards.
The offensive line play for the Vikings last season was strong throughout the year and the team made the playoffs. This year, the o-line has been very inconsistent, and predictably the Vikings are sitting at 1-5 after their loss to the Giants.
Although the usually high-powered Giants pass attack was held to just 23 points, it was more of the Giants doing than the Vikings’ secondary that limited the points scored. Hakeem Nicks struggled holding onto the ball early, and later it was Victor Cruz who had butterfingers in the red zone.
The Vikings’ defensive linemen did find themselves in the Giants’ backfield quite often Monday night, and although the unit finished with just two sacks, they affected plenty of Eli Manning‘s throws and did their best to help the secondary.
For as bad as the Vikings’ offense looked Monday night, it was just Freeman’s 12th day as a Viking and his first game in over a month. Although it is not an excuse for Freeman as he honestly did more harm than good on the field, things should be better next week when the team hosts the Green Bay Packers.