"The underlying questions I've been getting from a lot of people: 'Do I have a chip on my shoulder?' I'm sure I do," Freeman said. "But I think it's more deeply rooted than just the past six months, 12 months."
Despite any flaws, Freeman has already excelled at the NFL level. In 2010, he threw 25 touchdown passes and only six interceptions. Last year, he tossed for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns.
"I like the things he's done in his career, along with what he's done since he arrived here with our football team, the time he put in, how well he's adapted to our system," Frazier said. "He's done enough for us to say we want to give him this opportunity, which is something we had in mind when we acquired him. I think now is the time."
Freeman should be excited over the fact he will likely see plenty of eight-man boxes designed to stop Peterson coupled with a solid receiving corps led by veteran Greg Jennings and emerging tight end Kyle Rudolph.
"Any time you step into a situation where you're the new guy, there's always kind of an awkward getting-to-know-you phase," Freeman said. "But I think that goes back to the character of this organization just from top to bottom -- a lot of quality people that are dedicated to winning first and foremost. So it's been a smooth adjustment."
The Giants are off to their worst start since they opened the 1976 season with nine straight losses thanks in large part to their inability to take care of the football.
The one thing they can do, though, is throw it outside the numbers. Star receiver Victor Cruz has 14 catches for 261 yards and two TDs in his past two "MNF" games, while Hakeem Nicks had seven catches for 96 yards in his last meeting against the Vikings. Also up-and-comer Reuben Randle has nine catches for 171 yards and three TDs over his last two contests.
They'll be facing a banged-up Vikings secondary which struggles mightily when at full strength. If Manning can just stay away from the game-changing miscue, they're will be plenty of opportunities for the New York offense.
"It's not fun playing this game and losing and not feeling like you're helping your team," Manning said. "But it's not going to change the way I treat each day or treat each practice and treat the games. I'm going to compete. I'm going to work hard and do whatever I can do to try to put our team in a situation to win."
Jacobs' emergence will continue to help although the 265-pounder is dealing with a sore hamstring so New York brought in Peyton Hillis this week.
Minnesota's lack of a consistent pass rush, along with injuries to Smith and rookie corner Xavier Rhodes will only make passing the football easier for Manning and the Giants.
It's always dangerous to expect an 0-6 team to win but this is one matchup where you can see "Big Blue" finally taking care of the football and making enough big plays down the field against one of the NFL's worst secondaries.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Giants 33, Vikings 24