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Josh Freeman to Start for Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Vs. New York Giants

October 16th, 2013 at 3:48 PM
By Douglas Rush

Josh Freeman fell out of favor with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Greg Schiano to the point where he was booted out of town completely. He's now going to get a second chance to impress in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings as he will officially make his first start with his new team this coming Monday night against the New York Giants.

Freeman was cut from the Buccaneers on October 3 and quickly picked up by the Vikings just three days later due to their problems at quarterback with Christian Ponder suffering from a rib injury and Matt Cassel's ineffectiveness; thus leading to a 1-4 start for the Vikings.

In three games for Tampa, Freeman went 43-for-94 for 571 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in three losses before Schiano benched him in favor for rookie Mike Glennon. Following his benching, there was a lot of talk that Freeman might be traded, but Tampa Bay simply decided to release him and make him a free agent.

Freeman was a former first round pick of the Buccaneers back in the 2009 NFL Draft, the number 17 overall pick out of Kansas State that year and had signed a five-year, $26 million deal just before his rookie season started. In the 59 games as a starter with Tampa Bay, Freeman is 24-35; his best year coming in 2010 where he lead the team to a 10-6 record with 3,451 yards, 25 touchdown passes and only six interceptions.

The Vikings are coming off a 35-10 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Panthers this past week at home and will hope to get their second win of the season against the Giants. On the road, the Vikings are 0-2 on the season.

The Giants on the other hand, are still in search for their first win of the regular season after starting 0-6 to the year and hope they can get it done against Freeman and company.

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53 Responses to “Josh Freeman to Start for Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Vs. New York Giants”

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  1.  GOAT56 says:


    F55 – I don’t see winning 6-7 games (BBG – if we can that many games) as a bad thing. I think some underestimate how hard it is to turn around a 2-14 type team in one season. KC is the exception, not the rule. And KC like SF a few years ago had years of high round picks that have now just started to play like they were suppose to in the beginning. From 2-14 a big jump is usually to 8-8. So while I understand the draft implications if we were 2-14 I think many underestimate the talent and mental state you franchise is in at 2-14. It wouldn’t be a one year fix. The teams that bounce back from bad usually win at least 5-7 games. IMO we need to along with seeing some of our young players focus on winning every game we can. Winning is more than talent it’s a habit that we have clearly lost. We need to get back to to winning some games right now or it will be 2015 until we can be a challenger again.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      GOAT, after we lose to the Vikings on Monday night…

      Assess us then.

      until we actually win a game, i have the mentality that we might not win any game.

  2.  Msoto says:

    I agree 100% about winning, but i feel people are afraid that with winning now means zero change ( OC AND DC ) in the off season. killdrive and fewell MUST GO!!!

  3.  GIANTT says:

    Skinnydoogan – no a fan should not accept mediocrity but unfortunately the NFL trumpets “parity ” and all those teams that s—-d for years because of mediocre management watching the teams that built dynasties and produced winners for years , now get a chance to build on their mediocrity by the system in place in the NFL . I commiserate with you about the Giants present situation at 0-6 but as I said before “its anything can happen Monday ” and just as easily the Giants can turn it around .

  4.  Levito says:

    If the Giants can’t get a QB who’s been on the Vikings 2 weeks to turn the ball over at least twice, they have no excuse for not firing Perry Fewell on the spot.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      He’ll have all day to throw the ball. Vikes have a good O-line. And we have a terrible pass rush. Freeman has his breakout game as the new QB of Minnesota.

      just don’t see this game going in our favor.

      AP runs wild on us as well.

      •  Levito says:

        Yea, wouldn’t surprise me at all. Yet Fewell will go out there and play dime on every play while AP runs wild. Then, since the Giants only have 3 healthy DBs, Freeman picks on John McToast, who the Giants sign off of Jacksonville’s practice squad on Friday.

        After the game, Coughlin says he has faith in his coordinators and they are not to blame for the loss.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    Freeman is an error-prone bum. If the defense stacks up the run the Vikings have no business beating us. We finally get our first win.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Well, he was playing on a real bad team. With a terrible line.

      Eli is just as Error prone as Freeman.

      And our defense does play the run well, but, this is AP on a mission this week.

  6.  Krow says:

    Freeman … or Capt. Checkdown as I like to call him … is a limited, marginal talent. But the one thing he always does is dump the ball short. This usually results in stalled drives. But that’s against teams with professional linebackers. We have to hope that Beason is the real thing or that sad strategy will actually work against us.

    Also … I suspect Freeman will run for a couple critical first downs. Even when we won Superbowls we never really shut down running QBs. Yeah, linebackers again. Go figure.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    GOAT, look at our turnovers, thanks in good part to the O-line failures and Eli’s consequent hurrying of his reads and throws.

    Fix the O-line and we could easily jump from 3-4 wins to 10 just based on fewer turnovers and a powerful offense. You don’t need 6-7 wins to set the table for next season. You just need to fix the O-line as I’ve suggested. And 6-7 wins would create inertia and a less attractive draft slot. It would be nice for a change to be getting at least 3 of the top 70 prospects.

  8.  Samardzija says:

    Picking up Freeman and putting him as a starter in fantasy. We always seem to make back up QBs look like legit starters. I can still remember Fewell making Drew Stanton look like friggin Joe Montana

  9.  JimStoll says:

    don’t forget Freeman lit us up last year. It just so happened that Eli lit up their defense a tad more
    of course in the process we lost a healthy Nicks for the season

    I haven’t watched Minnesota all year
    all I know is they have 1 win and have lost some of their games closely
    they have the best RB in the game and we are challenged to stop the run around the edges
    don’t know what happened with Freeman in Tampa, but it wasn’t so long ago he was being hailed as the next great thing
    don’t know what Minnie’s defense looks like but we commit 4 turnovers a game against everyone

    we should not be favored and unless and until we win a game we should be expected to lose
    we have no running game and the personnel are going backwards
    the o-line hasn’t gotten better
    the pass rush hasn’t suddenly appeared
    I haven’t heard whether the DBs are getting healthier

  10.  jerseyrich says:

    For anyone needing a break from the debacle that is the 2013 Giants season, take a good look at the cowboys cap over the next 2 years. I honestly don’t know how they’ll be able to field an NFL team.

    •  JimStoll says:

      they’ll figutre it out, unlike some execs at other teams

      •  jerseyrich says:

        They cant figure it out anymore…..jerry screwed up really bad. They’ll have to get their whole team to renegotiate just to be able to afford their draft class next year. There’s a reason the cowboys just can never get over the top.

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