The stature of Monday Night Football has certainly dropped over the past decade, and the Week 7 matchup between the Vikings and Giants won't do much to revive things for one night.
It's hard to picture ESPN executives looking at the schedule and expecting the Week 7 game for their most prized and valuable franchise would feature a displaced Josh Freeman leading a last place Vikings team against a winless Giants team with players off the street filling in at key spots.
New York is particularly thin at running back, where the recently re-signed out-of-work running back Brandon Jacobs has been ruled inactive for MNF. That leaves...Michael Cox, a 7th round pick from UMass who's never carried the ball in an NFL game (more on Cox getting the start here). Just how had is the Giants RB situation...here's Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News with a startling stat (excluding their statuesque QB Eli Manning):
Current, active Giants who have actually run the ball for the Giants: Hakeem Nicks (twice), Victor Cruz (once), Jerrel Jernigan (once). #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 21, 2013
All the big names will shine in primetime on MNF!