By Eric Schmidt

The Minnesota Vikings were dismantled by the Carolina Panthers 35-10 on Sunday while the team played with a heavy heart over the tragic death of RB Adrian Peterson’s son. The loss was one of the worst defeats suffered at home by the Vikings in years. Matt Cassel started on Sunday and his lackluster performance should spur Minnesota to consider starting newly acquired quarterback Josh Freeman in week seven.

Minnesota jumped on Freeman after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the veteran signal caller two weeks ago. With Christian Ponder and Cassel already on the roster, why not start Freeman at this point as the other two quarterbacks have shown their struggles on the field this season.

Minnesota was a surprise addition to the playoffs last season, finishing 10-6. The Vikings have now lost four of their last five and a return trip to post season play is looking more unlikely each week. With a daunting schedule remaining, Minnesota should serious evaluate their quarterback situation for the remainder of the season.

Christian Ponder has been given a chance with 30 starts, but questions still remain. Given the success of rookie quarterbacks over the last few seasons, perhaps it’s just time to move on from Ponder. He managed just two touchdowns against five interceptions in three starts this season.

Minnesota demonstrated that they were not sold on Matt Cassel this season by the addition of Freeman.

The matchup next week would be favorable to make the move. Minnesota will face the winless New York Giants on Monday Night Football. The Giants defense has been horrible this season and even with a watered down playbook, Freeman should be able to move the ball in New York.

Freeman is not the end all, cure all answer either. He comes with his own questions, why else would the Buccaneers release a former first-round selection with 60 career starts in the middle of the season?

In all reality, the Vikings season will come to an end on December 29th after the conclusion of the Washington Redskins game, with a strong quarterback class coming out in the 2014 NFL Draft, it’s time for the team to seriously evaluate where they are at the quarterback position or prepare to address the position in the draft next year, starting over again.

 

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