Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman has the opportunity to impress his new organization against a subpar New York Giants pass defense during Week 7’s Monday night football matchup. Freeman is the new starter and has an easily exploitable opponent to help get him acclimated during Week 7.
Freeman beat out Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder for the starting job, even though the Vikings were expected to wait a few weeks to let him get used to their offense. However, head coach Leslie Frazier said that Freeman looked fluent in the team’s offense during a scout team session following practice on Wednesday.
Expect Freeman to put up solid numbers, while facing off against an easily penetrable Giants defense. The G-Men currently rank 27th in team defense allowing 2,348 total yards through 6 games. They also allow 268 passing yards per contest, putting them 20th in that category.
Freeman has a decent receiving corps led by Greg Jennings, while also featuring rookie Cordarrelle Patterson and veteran Jerome Simpson. The Giants will have to set up for the run to limit Adrian Peterson’s production, giving Freeman more of an ability to beat them through the air.
Josh Freeman has plenty to prove after being benched and eventually released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this season. This is a great opportunity for Freeman to put up solid QB2 numbers and retain the starting job going forward in Minnesota.