Aaron Rodgers is having another standout season. Image courtesy of Jim Prisching/AP
Josh Freeman’s debut for the Vikings could not really have gone any worse last week. Not only did Minnesota go down 23-7 to the previously winless New York Giants, Freeman had, statistically, one of the worst games ever by a quarterback. He became just the second QB since 1960 to throw over 50 passes for under 200 yards and not a single touchdown after going 20 of 53 for 190 yards and an interception. His quarterback rating was a measly 40.6 and 16 of his incompletions were overthrown, the most by a quarterback since ESPN started collating the statistic.
Things can only get better for the former Buccaneer, but maybe not straight away as the Vikes take on division rival Green Bay on Monday morning (AEST). Coach Leslie Frazier has said he’ll hand the start to Freeman ahead of Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel, who have both seen time under centre this season. Don’t expect Freeman to throw the ball anywhere near as much against Green Bay so Adrian Peterson should see more carries in this one. In three games against the Pack last year he ran for 210, 199 and 99 yards.
The Packers moved into first place in the NFC North at the end of Week 7 after their 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns. With Bears QB Jay Cutler out for the next few weeks, the Cheeseheads could see their team really take a stranglehold on top spot in the division. Injuries are hurting the Pack, too, though, with several starters still missing. With Randall Cobb and James Jones out, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has done well to maintain his output with a threadbare receiving corps. He threw for 260 yards with three TDs against the Browns. Jones may return for this match-up.
The Vikings have won three of the last five at the Metrodome against their division rival, including last season’s epic 37-34 victory. Overall, though, Green Bay has won six of the teams’ last seven meetings.
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