As you might expect from a game between two last-place teams, Monday night's matchup between the Giants and Vikings is a persistent display of horrible football, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.
The Giants were mildly effective on offense early on, but the Vikings have been brutal throughout. They're averaging just 3.3 yards per play, and their special teams have kept it a game against a winless and equally terrible Giants team.
Peterson gained just 9 yards on his first eight carries, with the Giants stuffing the line of scrimmage. It likely won't be Peterson's worst day as a pro, but it could be his least productive day since 2010. He added to the 9-yard total slightly in the third quarter to get into double digits, but he's still averaging just 2.2 yards per carry after a limited 12 attempts.
Here are some of the worst games in Peterson's career, including an ugly game against the Giants. New York's defense may be adding a second entry to this list (stats via Pro-Football-Ref):
|2007||MIN vs. WAS||9||27||3|
|2009||MIN @ CAR||12||35||2.92|
|2010||MIN @ DET||14||31||2.21|
|2009||MIN vs. GNB||25||55||2.2|
|2010||MIN vs. NYG||14||26||1.86|
|2008||MIN @ NOR||21||32||1.52|
|2009||MIN @ ARI||13||19||1.46|
|2007||MIN @ SFO||14||3||0.21|
The reigning MVP is known for his ability to break the long runs, so he could eclipse the 100-yard mark in just a single play late in the game. But right now, it's hard to see much opening up for him given the way Freeman is playing.
Peterson at least has a past history of success to rely on, but it's a night of miserable offense for everyone involved -- including the game's best running back.