... and its hitting hard! No, correct that. Desperation already hit. This is after-impact; the aftermath of chaos.
The fan base already hit major frustration many weeks ago, but the decision to start Josh Freeman today reeks of desperation within the organization. For those who don't know: after several years of poor play, Josh Freeman was kicked off his team and picked up by Minnesota two weeks ago. He received maybe one week of first team reps and was asked to throw 53 passes against the Giants.
How many carries did the reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson get? A whole 13 carries.
What's more,.. Freeman completed only 20 of his 53 passes. That's a 37.7 completion percentage; the lowest mark for any quarterback throwing 40+ passes in the last 6 years. It wouldn't surprise me if there was some record broken about overthrown passes as well.
Christian Ponder (on one of his confident days) and former Pro Bowler Matt Cassel could have won this game.
I hate to throw more gasoline on the already out-of-control fire, but when the roster looked so promising in the off-season it's tough to see how it is put into action. Vikings forums and other social media are overflowing with negativity. It began with explicit Christian Ponder fan ramblings everywhere. Then Ponder was finally benched and there was a glimmer of hope as the Vikings barely got their only win of the season against a winningless team from Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, the losses keep piling on, and as if that wasn't enough, valuable players like linebacker Desmond Bishop and safety Harrison Smith are lost to long-term injuries.
When you think it can't get any worse, the Minnesota Vikings are hitting a new low point week after week. The last one being an embarrassing loss to the Giants today where the special teams were the only ones managing to put up points for Minnesota. Minnesota has talent! The fans know that, as well as the experts. The starting of Freeman today is just one recent (but obvious) example of very questionable decisions in how the players are being used (or not used).