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.

For the game, Freeman completed only 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards with one interception and a 40.6 passer rating.

“It’s frustrating,” Freeman said. “It’s disappointing. But at the same time I see areas that are manageable in terms of us definitely getting better. We’re going to develop that chemistry. A lot of these plays that are just a hair off, they’ll start hitting for us.”

If Freeman’s arrival sparked some intrigue, it also came with a reality check that inserting a new quarterback midstream with limited practice time doesn’t guarantee ideal results.

Of course, a lack of practice time couldn’t be blamed for Freeman’s unwise decision that resulted in an interception and cost his new team points early in the third quarter.

Trailing 10-7, the Vikings recovered a fumbled punt return at the Giants 31-yard line. But on second down from the 23, Freeman threw a ball up for grabs in the vicinity of tight end Kyle Rudolph while in the grasp of a Giants defender. Safety Antrel Rolle intercepted the pass at the 5-yard line.

“That’s one I’m sure he’d like to have back,” said Frazier, who said he did not consider taking Freeman out at any point.

As Freeman misfired, he received virtually no help from the running game. The Giants swarmed Adrian Peterson and held last year’s NFL MVP to 28 yards rushing on 13 carries.

The Vikings’ best offense turned out to be punt returner Marcus Sherels, who returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. His punt return was the third-longest in franchise history.

However, Sherels fumbled a punt in the third quarter that the Giants recovered inside the 5-yard line. That set up Peyton Hillis’ 1-yard touchdown run for a 17-7 lead.

 

Chip Scoggins • chipscoggins@startribune.com



 

  • related content

  • Video: Access Vikings: Ugly loss on MNF

    Tuesday October 22, 2013

    The New York Giants beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 for their first win of the year. The Vikings fell...

  • Video: Josh Freeman: Throws were 'a hair off'

    Tuesday October 22, 2013

    Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman and head coach Leslie Frazier talked about the team's 23-7 loss to the New York...

  • Peterson: `We're just kind of out of whack'

    Tuesday October 22, 2013

    Vikings running back says he will talk to the team about being more physical in the running game, something the team had last year but lacks this year.

  • Photo gallery: NY Giants 23, Vikings 7

    Tuesday October 22, 2013

    Josh Freeman's debut as Vikings quarterback was a dud as the Vikings fell 23-7 against the Giants on Monday...

  • Vikings secondary struggles in loss to Giants

    Tuesday October 22, 2013

    Sherels’ miscues became New York’s fortuitous freebies.

  • Vikings notes: Sherels provides only scoring, but he also gives it right back

    Tuesday October 22, 2013

    Marcus Sherels had widely varying fortunes in the Vikings’ 23-7 loss to the Giants on Monday night.

  • Vikings vs. Giants: 5 Extra Points

    Tuesday October 22, 2013

    Five takeaways from Monday night's Vikings' loss

  • Chart: Not ready for some football

    Monday October 21, 2013

    NOT READY FOR SOME FOOTBALLThe Vikings fell to 26-30 on Mondays, but they have lost their past six games:Date Result Notable12/28/09 @Chi 36,...

  • Chart: Peterson's struggles

    Monday October 21, 2013

    ‘ALL DAY’ HELD BACKAdrian Peterson had the sixth-lowest rushing total of his career:Date, opp. Att. Yds12/9/07 at SF 14 3Dec. 6, 2009 at Ari 13 19Dec....

  • Jim Souhan grades the Vikings

    Tuesday October 22, 2013

    A look at the Vikings' report card after Monday's loss

  • Chart: Vikings-Giants, by the (ugly) numbers

    Tuesday October 22, 2013

    3.0Yards per play for the Vikings, who gained 206 yards on 68 plays.3.5Yards per play for the Giants, who gained...

  • Vikings quarterback coach Craig Johnson spoke with Josh Freeman in the first half.

  • New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown as Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook (20) and Mistral Raymond (41) react during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
Detroit 3:30 PM
Cleveland
Houston 6:00 PM
San Antonio
Oklahoma City 6:30 PM
Dallas
New York 8:00 PM
Portland
Toronto 8:00 PM
Denver
Phoenix 8:30 PM
LA Lakers
Toronto 4:00 PM
Florida
Vancouver 7:00 PM
Anaheim
Tulane 11:00 AM
St Johns
Central Conn St 12:00 PM
Connecticut
Iona 12:00 PM
Drexel
Concordia (MI) 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Harvard 1:00 PM
Arizona State
Longwood 1:00 PM
Ball State
Sacred Heart 1:00 PM
Brown
Colgate 1:00 PM
Columbia
MD-Eastern Shore 1:00 PM
Duquesne
UNC Greensboro 1:00 PM
East Carolina
Marist 1:00 PM
Elon
NJIT 1:00 PM
Lafayette
Cincinnati Christian 1:00 PM
Liberty
Morgan State 1:00 PM
Marquette
Campbell 1:00 PM
Samford
Bucknell 1:00 PM
Siena
Long Beach State 1:00 PM
Syracuse
Coppin State 1:05 PM
Evansville
UMKC 1:05 PM
Indiana State
Hofstra 1:30 PM
Long Island
Coast Guard 2:00 PM
Army
Thomas (GA) 2:00 PM
High Point
Texas Southern 2:00 PM
Kansas State
Rutgers 2:00 PM
Monmouth
NC Wesleyan 2:00 PM
NC A&T
South Dakota St 2:00 PM
Northern Iowa
Central Penn College 2:00 PM
Radford
Bowling Green 2:00 PM
South Florida
Harris-Stowe 2:00 PM
SE Missouri St
Robert Morris-IL 2:00 PM
SIU Edwardsville
Northland College 2:00 PM
North Dakota St
Milwaukee 2:00 PM
South Dakota
Northwestern St 2:30 PM
Arkansas
Saint Peters 3:00 PM
Cornell
St Katherine 3:00 PM
Fresno State
Haskell 3:00 PM
Oral Roberts
Wake Forest 3:00 PM
Richmond
Fla Gulf Coast 3:00 PM
Xavier
SD Christian 3:05 PM
Northern Ariz
Judson 3:30 PM
IUPU-Ft Wayne
Ill-Chicago 4:00 PM
Bradley
Loyola-Maryland 4:00 PM
Fairfield
Miss Valley St 4:00 PM
Houston
Lehigh 4:00 PM
UMBC
Delaware State 4:00 PM
Temple
Belmont 5:00 PM
Butler
Howard 5:00 PM
Fordham
NW Christian 5:00 PM
Nevada
UC Davis 5:00 PM
Washington St
Abilene Christian 5:00 PM
Grand Canyon
UCLA 5:30 PM
Alabama
Stony Brook 7:00 PM
Washington
Buffalo 7:00 PM
Wisconsin
CS-Bakersfield 9:00 PM
California
Illinois 18 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 35
Rutgers 40 FINAL
North Carolina 21
NC State 34 FINAL
UCF 27
Cincinnati 17 FINAL
Virginia Tech 33
(15) Arizona State 36 FINAL
Duke 31
Miami-Florida 21 FINAL
So Carolina 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Penn State 31
(25) Nebraska 42 FINAL
(24) USC 45
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
East Carolina 1/3/15 11:00 AM
Florida
Drexel 11:00 AM
Miami-Ohio
Holy Cross 11:00 AM
Norfolk State
East Carolina 11:00 AM
South Florida
(10) Oregon State 12:00 PM
(8) Tennessee
Providence 12:00 PM
Boston College
Florida A&M 12:00 PM
Miami-Florida
Oakland 12:00 PM
Central Michigan
Chattanooga 12:00 PM
SIU-Edwardsville
Fairfield 12:00 PM
La Salle
St Francis-PA 1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Milwaukee 1:00 PM
IUPU-Ft Wayne
Gardner-Webb 1:00 PM
Longwood
New Hampshire 1:00 PM
Manhattan
Bucknell 1:00 PM
Binghamton
Northeastern 1:00 PM
Albany
George Mason 1:00 PM
Towson
Richmond 1:00 PM
William & Mary
Tulane 1:00 PM
Cincinnati
North Florida 1:00 PM
Florida
(14) Georgia 1:00 PM
Seton Hall
Tennessee St 1:00 PM
(12) Kentucky
American Univ 1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Massachusetts 1:00 PM
Boston U
Quinnipiac 1:00 PM
Saint Josephs
Lafayette 1:00 PM
Saint Peters
Northwestern 1:00 PM
(20) Michigan State
Duquesne 1:00 PM
Lehigh
George Washington 1:00 PM
Loyola-Maryland
(17) Rutgers 1:00 PM
Indiana
(24) Green Bay 1:00 PM
Dayton
Western Mich 1:30 PM
Stony Brook
Davidson 1:30 PM
Virginia
UNC Greensboro 2:00 PM
LSU
Denver 2:00 PM
North Texas
VA Commonwealth 2:00 PM
Coppin State
Huston-Tillotson 2:00 PM
Houston Baptist
Lamar 2:00 PM
Rice
Miss Valley St 2:00 PM
Alabama
Saint Louis 2:00 PM
Eastern Illinois
Middle Tennessee 2:00 PM
Tenn Tech
Penn State 2:00 PM
(23) Iowa
Purdue 2:00 PM
Illinois
DePaul 2:05 PM
Illinois State
Sam Houston St 2:05 PM
Wichita State
South Dakota 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(4) Notre Dame 3:00 PM
UCLA
Coll of Charleston 3:00 PM
SC State
Alcorn State 3:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Dartmouth 3:00 PM
Niagara
Colgate 3:00 PM
Siena
Michigan 3:00 PM
Wisconsin
Fla Gulf Coast 3:00 PM
CS-Northridge
Yale 3:30 PM
(25) Arizona State
UC Santa Barbara 4:00 PM
(16) Stanford
Long Island 4:00 PM
Long Beach St
Jackson State 4:00 PM
Louisiana
Eureka 4:30 PM
Western Ill
Cornell 5:00 PM
(22) Syracuse
Temple 7:30 PM
Memphis
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Vikings offense

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close