Jim Souhan analyzes the local sports scene and advises you to never take his betting advice. He likes old guitars and old music, never eats press box hot dogs, and can be heard on 1500ESPN at 2:05 p.m. weekdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon.
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This is the kind of game that gets coaches fired.
And we could say that two weeks in a row.
The Vikings were embarrassingly inept on offense, in part because of new quarterback Josh Freeman’s inaccuracy, as they fell to 1-5 with an ugly, 23-7 loss to an awful Giants team at MetLife Stadium on Monday night.
Freeman’s primary flaw, even when he played well in Tampa, was his lack of accuracy. He missed high on many passes, and overthrew a few long balls.
What was more surprising was the ability of a mediocre Giants’ defense to shut down Vikings star Adrian Peterson, who rushed for nine yards on eight carries in the first half, the fourth-worst half of his NFL career.
In their last two games, the Viking have been embarrassed at home by an average Carolina team, and embarrassed on the national stage by a terrible Giants team.
These are the kinds of months that get entire coaching staffs fired.
Before the game began, the Vikings could have taken solace in the mediocrity of their divisions, and in key injuries suffered by the Packers and Bears.
By late Monday night, the Vikings couldn’t pretend to be in contention for anything other than the first pick in the NFL draft.
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