Josh Freeman To Start For Vikings Against Giants
By Allen Kim
Two weeks after signing Josh Freeman following his release by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Minnesota Vikings have decided to move him into the starting lineup at quarterback.
This news should come as no surprise. Christian Ponder has been a major disappointment, and Matt Cassel never really offered all that much to begin with despite leading the team to a win in London over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cassel predictably came crashing back down to Earth against the Carolina Panthers last week, and a change was clearly needed to potentially rejuvenate their struggling offense.
With Freeman, the Vikings offense has a chance for a fresh start. Greg Jennings, signed in the offseason to a big contract, may actually get an opportunity to make some more plays now that Freeman is throwing the ball. Jennings has the speed to get downfield and behind the secondary, and Freeman has the arm to get him the ball. If they can open the offense and prevent defenses from constantly stacking the box against Adrian Peterson, it could work wonders for their offense.
This isn’t to say that Freeman is some sort of savior for the team, but he at least offers the team a better chance to win. We’ll soon see if the decision to sign him pays off when the Vikings play the New York Giants under the primetime lights on Monday Night Football.