Monday Night Football: Freeman Is Historically Bad in Vikings’ Debut
When the New York Giants beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 on Monday night, it probably wasn’t the worst game in the history of Monday Night Football, but it has to be close. Josh Freeman’s performance at the quarterback position may not only be the worst performance by a quarterback on MNF, but ranks as one of the worst of all-time.
Never mind that Freeman has been with the Vikings for only two weeks, and barely knows the offense. We didn’t expect him to be great, but we certainly didn’t expect great ineptitude.
Numbers never lie. Freeman completed just 20 out of 53 passes, 0 touchdowns, and one terrible interception on a pass that looked like a rookie playing in his very first NFL game.
According to the Business Insider, Freeman was just the fifth quarterback since 1960, and first since 2007 to throw at least 50 passes and have less than 200 yards. Freeman’s 37.7% completion percentage was the worst since Eli Manning’s 34% in 2007.
There’s more. Sixteen times against the Giants Freeman overthrew his receivers. According to ESPN stats, that’s the most by a quarterback since they started keeping the stat eight years ago. ESPN also tells us that Freeman is just the second quarterback to throw 30 incomplete passes in his debut with a team. And his quarterback rating – on a scale of 1-100 – is 6.1.
The good news, he can only get better. Of course, he will need to perform a lot better if he has any intention of being the quarterback of the future for the Minnesota Vikings. With just one win under their belt so far this season, the Vikings will give Freeman plenty of opportunities to improve, and to prove that he can be their guy.