Putrid in prime time, bumbling Vikings fall to Giants, drop to 1-5

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 22, 2013 - 7:10 AM

The Vikings were even worse than the Giants, who were awful but still won their first game.Josh Freeman made fans miss that Ponder guy, and special teams fumbled twice.

– Leslie Frazier cautioned Vikings fans last week not to view Josh Freeman as a savior in a season that has drifted horribly off course.

“I don’t know if one guy can save your season,” Frazier said.

Anyone need more proof?

If anything, the Vikings looked even more discombobulated and dysfunctional with Freeman running the offense on a miserable Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

Any hope that Freeman’s arrival might spark a season revival quickly vanished as the Vikings bumbled through a 23-7 loss to the previously winless New York Giants in a game that won’t be replayed on those instant classic channels.

Afterward, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf briefly answered a few questions about his team’s tailspin as he walked from the locker room to his car.

“Tough loss,” he said. “I thought we would come back here and pick up a win. But every loss is a tough loss.”

The Vikings dropped to 1-5 and essentially eliminated themselves from being relevant, even in the jumbled NFC. The Vikings thought they hit bottom with an embarrassing 35-10 home loss to the Carolina Panthers the previous week, but their effort Monday night roared right past that clunker.

Asked if he plans to make any immediate changes, Wilf said: “I’m sticking with my team. That’s our team. We’re going to stick with it.”

The combined winning percentage of both teams (.091) made it the worst matchup this late in the season in the history of “Monday Night Football,” and their performance pretty much fit that description.

Both sides turned the game into a comedy of errors. The Vikings won that battle decisively.

The offense did not score a touchdown, the defense dropped two sure interceptions and special teams returners lost two fumbles that resulted in 10 points.

The Giants provided their share of lowlights, too, which was a further indictment on the Vikings’ performance.

“Honestly, I’m done trying to find explanations,” defensive end Jared Allen said. “Obviously we’re not playing good enough to win, that’s the bottom line. We are fighting. I love every one of these guys in this locker room, and I will fight with them until there’s no more fights to go to.”

The question now becomes how much fight the Vikings have left in them as their season slips away.

“I definitely don’t think we’ve given up,” cornerback Chris Cook said.

All eyes were focused on Freeman, who signed two weeks ago after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was named starter on Wednesday.

Freeman’s first pass in a Vikings uniform was a high fastball that sailed through the hands of tight end John Carlson. Freeman showed a mixture of rust, nerves and just plain wildness as he uncorked one errant pass after another.

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