The Minnesota Vikings pulled the trigger on Monday night and started newly acquired quarterback Josh Freeman. He struggled, completing only 37.7-percent of his passes and threw one interception. Despite this, Sports Illustrated reported on Oct. 22 that Freeman will start again on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Christian Ponder began the season as the starting quarterback of the Vikings, but after an injury, Matt Cassel got a chance to start. The Vikings won that game and Adrian Peterson mentioned the team might be better off with Cassel at quarterback than Ponder.
Then the next week, the Vikings signed Josh Freeman.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had just dropped Freeman after a few up-and-down seasons. It was reported that he was checked into the league’s substance abuse program and there are allegations the Buccaneers organization leaked those rumors themselves. When things started to get heated, they released him and the Vikings made the move to sign him.
In his first start against the formerly winless New York Giants, Freeman became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw the ball 50 times and gain fewer than 200 yards with no touchdowns in the game. Most of the passes came in the fourth quarter, but it was still a poor performance.
Now, the Minnesota Vikings will give Josh Freeman at least one more chance against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.