Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman sits on the sidelines in the game against the Carolina Panthers at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Panthers won 35-10. Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Josh Freeman starting Monday Night: His Impact for NFC North Opponents


We all knew it was only a matter of time before the change was made at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings – a change that was bound to involve Josh Freeman.

Christian Ponder had been terribly ineffective for the Vikings, and Matt Cassel‘s performance was poor to say the least against Carolina.

So Josh Freeman now has his chance to try to save a drowning Vikings’ team. A Monday night game against the dreadful Giants may be his jump-start.

How does him starting affect the Green Bay Packers?

This could be really bad timing for the Packers. The uncertainty surrounding James Jones‘s playing status coupled with the loss of Randall Cobb for 6-8 weeks puts an already sputtering offense into a lower gear.

The offense had been possibly playing in fourth gear lately moving the ball effectively but sporting an 0-6 red zone opportunity record the previous two games. The defense has flexed its muscles to support the offense in the two wins over Detroit and Baltimore.

Now in comes this idea that a Vikings offense may be resurrected. One that is sporting reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson along with former Green Bay Pro Bowl receiver Greg Jennings.

Not to mention a rising talent in Kyle Rudolph. Could a possibly misused Josh Freeman regain his 2010 form and take this talented but underachieving bunch to a high level? That eerie kind of talk is never good for any team within a division.

Green Bay is on top right now, but could injuries make them vulnerable?

Only the next few weeks will tell.

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  • Preston Harris

    Josh Freeman will be fantastic in Minnesota and the Packers should be very worried. He came from a team in disarray with a college coach running things. I say college coach that came from where the Big East at Rutgers University where he had very brief success. He wanted Josh to be something that he wasn’t and in Minnesota the leadership is in place so that he can do his job. All Minnesota has been missing is a quarterback and with a cannon like Freeman back there the pack has a lot to worry about for years to come from the Vikings.