The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Josh Freeman will start this week against the Green Bay Packers. He should start. The genie is out of the bottle and if he was not ready, Freeman should have sat last week. They started him, so they might as well keep going with it. The fact that the Vikings have another primetime game after last week’s debacle is unfortunate, but they are worried about the Vikings as opposed to the ratings.
The Vikings have all but announced that Christian Ponder is not the answer. Matt Cassel is not the answer. With the move to bring in Freeman, they now have to make it clear what they have in him. His debut was pretty much a disaster, but the Vikings are 1-5 with no shot this season and have 10 games left to play this year. If Freeman is terrible, they need a quarterback in May. If he can get going and find some of the success that made him a promising quarterback with the Buccaneers in his second year, then the Vikings might have found their guy going forward. It is unlikely that Freeman is the answer, but he has shown some impressive talent in his career and he may have just needed to get out of that situation.
The good news, if there is good news, is that the Packers continue to battle an incredible amount of injuries, so while they are still a great team, this is probably the best time to play them this season. There is the potential for Freeman to be a disaster again this week, but they might as well find out what they have in him and if he does struggle and the Vikings continue to lose, they have both successfully auditioned Freeman and gotten themselves in position to get a quarterback in the NFL Draft. It is a smart move by the Vikings.