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Minnesota Vikings lose in comical fashion to New York Giants, 23-7

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman proved to the world on Monday Night Football that the primary reason for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' struggles is the ineptitude of head coach Greg Schiano.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman proved to the world on Monday Night Football that the primary reason for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ struggles is the ineptitude of head coach Greg Schiano.

Before we get to today’s analysis of the 23-7 beatdown administered by the New York Giants (1-6) that dropped the Minnesota Vikings to 1-5 on Monday Night Football, let me start off by sharing the following text conversation that took place toward the end of last night’s game. It will give you some understanding of what goes on inside the heads of Vikings fans during seasons like this.

Me: I hate this team right now. My god . . .

Brother: Yeah, they are blowing giant chunks all over.

Me: Why weren’t our parents fans of the Packers?

Brother: Yeah, no crap! Mom’s brother was a huge Packer fan and he died happy!

Me: I’ll never experience the joy of a successful football franchise.

Brother: The good news? This team is so bad, it’s not even worth getting drunk over. It will make Tuesday easier to cope without a hangover.

Me: Good point. And they’re so bad, it’s almost comical, so we got that going for us.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you . . . your 2013 Minnesota Vikings!

Offensive offense

Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave called 53 passes to 20 run plays. For the Minnesota Vikings, that is a direct recipe to disaster. Add to that a quarterback who was clearly not ready to start, and you have a potent mixture of unpreparedness and illogical play calling.Top that off with an offensive line that, despite being a strength last year, appears to be one of this team’s weakest points, and you have a ticking time bomb.

That bomb exploded last night against the New York Giants.

On the Mike & Mike in the Morning show today, they shared a startling statistic: quarterback Josh Freeman was hit or hurried on 73 percent of his dropbacks last night. That kind of pressure will unsettle even the most veteran of signal callers.

That’s not to give Freeman a free pass, however. He only managed to complete 38 percent of his passes, routinely overthrowing wide-open receivers by 15 yards. That is inexcusable for a quarterback at the professional level.

Desperate defense

We shouldn’t be too tough on this group, considering they were put in a lot of short-yardage positions by turnovers and were on the field almost the entire game. The defense actually performed well under the circumstances.

Defensive end Jared Allen finished with a ninja sack of Giants quarterback Eli Manning. The secondary didn’t give up the long ball either, a problem that has plagued them all year. The defense as a whole tackled well throughout the game.

The only thing that stood out was their their inability to hang on to interceptions, even when they hit them in the chest. The Giants were able to score a field goal after safety dropped a pick that would have stopped the drive, while cornerback Marcus Scherels let a prime chance at a pick-six go through his fingers.

Sloppy special teams

This was a roller-coaster ride all evening.

Return specialist Marcus Scherels took a punt 86 yards for a touchdown — but later in the game, fumbled a punt that gave New York possession on the Minnesota 10-yard line to set the Giants up for a touchdown.

Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson was finally given a chance to return a kick. He took it 76 yards but was tackled short of the goal line. Minnesota was unable to capitalize, and the drive resulted in no points.

The punt team forced a fumble that was recovered by long snapper Cullen Loeffler, but again, Minnesota also was unable to turn the turnover into points.

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd picked up a kickoff and inexcusably tried to return it. Of course, he fumbled — giving New York the ball on Minnesota’s five-yard line. Fortunately, the defense held New York to a field goal.

Coaching copout

The decision to bring in Josh Freeman off the street was questionable at best, but that is on general manager Rick Spielman.

The coaching staff was charged with the duty of preparing Freeman to start. They needed to determine that he was competent enough to start over Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel.

They made the decision that he was — and ended up with egg on their faces. It was obvious from early on Freeman wasn’t ready. He was simply horrid, overthrowing his receivers 16 times last night, the most by any quarterback since the 2006 season.

Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave play calling was equally horrendous. Calling 53 passes against just 20 runs with quarterback still trying to learn the offensive scheme was a blueprint for failure.

Most disappointing of all was head coach Leslie Frazier’s decision to let Freeman play even after it was apparent he couldn’t get the job done. A win would have put Minnesota right back into the NFC North divisional race, but with this embarrassing loss, the Vikings are essentially out of contention.

It appears the coaches lack any will to win this year and have already conceded that they will be gone at the end of the season.

What’s next

The Minesota Vikings host the Green Bay Packers (4-2) next weekend at Mall of America Field. They will have a short week to prepare for the current division leaders.

2110 comments
mwadchew spadfurd
mwadchew spadfurd

I believe the Packers will win the super bowl one year.....




...and by Super Bowl, I mean go fuck yourself Jvince

bp. WTFDILIAMMASADNT
bp. WTFDILIAMMASADNT moderator

Look all you little butthurt people of inferior teams, I honestly don't even see you guys as competition.   Green Bay is competing against its own history, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, and San Francisco 49ers.  Its nice you show up annually to act as stepping stones.  

But really, it would probably be easier if you start looking at the NFCN like SEC fans do their collegiate division: sure, you want to win, but in the end you should root for the Packers in the playoffs.  Regional pride.

AMIRITE!!

JVince 11
JVince 11

I believe that the Lions will win the division one year......






and by division I mean... Conference... and by conference.. I mean the MAC from NCAA...

mwadchew spadfurd
mwadchew spadfurd

Childerz, if you think it's bad when a team that has won the NFCN before wins the division again (Vikings), wait until the Lions win a division title once in the next 50 years. 

It will be fucking anarchy.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

I have said many times, both in the comments and in the Power rankings, that the Packers would win the division. The way the schedule was laid out, I figured the Lions or the Bears would jump out to an early lead. It was a bonus that both where able to do it.

Donny33
Donny33

Winning the division is getting boring.  We should try winning a SB again.

AndrewLeT
AndrewLeT

fun fact: the last time the lions started a season 4-3 they finished 6-10.  

JVince 11
JVince 11

MaC around yet??


this is usually a little early for his tendencies.

AndrewLeT
AndrewLeT

@`bp` that's like having a hitler parade during Hanukkah.  

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

@`bp` tbh, I couldn't cheer for the Bears in their Super Bowl. I didn't cheer for the Colts either, but could not bring myself to get on the 'division pride' wagon.

Childerz...
Childerz...

@ethanfitz_PS4FTW  No.. you weren't around for 2009... you wouldn't understand the douchiness that took place... it was a goon fest.. Lions fans can't ever bring that to the table. 

AndrewLeT
AndrewLeT

@MIBearFan i didn't expect the vikings x2 and giants to be such pushovers this year in the packers next 5 games though either

JVince 11
JVince 11

@MIBearFan yea... our early schedule was not a cake walk by any means... even with winnings games... we still lost a lot of very good football players...

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

Oh look, another division title. *yawn*

(kidding, I think we're still trailing the Vikes or Bears in division titles, or both, can't remember. Damn the 70's and 80's were horrible)

Donny33
Donny33

*que r kelly song.  *que r kelly pee jokes.

Childerz...
Childerz...

@ethanfitz_PS4FTW No... see here's what made 2009 special and it will never be replicated... you see you have the fuckwad normal Viking fans.. then you have the favre lovers coming out of the wood work and it created a perfect storm... the Lions would have to win a SB to replicate that level of schadenfreudery