Halftime: Vikings offensive struggles continue in Josh Freeman's debut
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The Minnesota Vikings started their third quarterback in four games, but the offensive struggles remained.
Quarterback Josh Freeman made his debut against the New York Giants during Monday night's first half and seemingly needed to get the nervousness out of the way as he overthrew multiple receivers en route to just four first downs and 85 yards in the first half. The Vikings trail 10-7 at halftime.
Cornerback Marcus Sherels scored his second career touchdown on an 86-yard punt return in the first quarter to give the Vikings a 7-3 lead.
But a porous secondary, without safety Harrison Smith (foot) for the first game this season, allowed Giants quarterback Eli Manning to complete 15 passes, including a 24-yard touchdown to Rueben Randle with cornerback Chris Cook in position but failing to make a play in the second quarter.
The Vikings defense was on the field for nearly 20 minutes of the 30-minute first half as the offense produced two three-and-outs.
Safety Andrew Sendejo started in place of Smith and dropped a sure interception thrown his way by Manning on the opening drive, which was very similar to safety Jamarca Sanford's dropped interception during the Carolina Panthers' first drive last week. Sendejo and safety Mistral Raymond swapped series during the first half.
Manning picked on all three of the Vikings' main cornerbacks along with Josh Robinson and Xavier Rhodes, who was called for pass interference on 3rd-and-5, the play before Randle's touchdown catch.
Running back Adrian Peterson found little to no room to work with as he carried the ball eight times for nine yards.
Freeman, who joined the team just two weeks ago, attempted to orchestrate a two-minute drill at the end of the half, but came up empty. Receiver Greg Jennings caught a pass on a drag route on 3rd-and-3, but was ruled out of bounds near midfield. It appeared he secured the ball, which was thrown behind him, in bounds.
The Vikings to the ball back with 35 seconds left, but they were out of timeouts as Coach Leslie Frazier burned one before the two-minute warning that ultimately saved just 12 seconds.
Walsh missed a 53-yard attempt, his first miss from 50-plus yards in his career. Walsh is currently battling a hamstring injury in his plant leg and is now 12-of-13 from 50-plus.