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Marcus Sherels brings some excitement to a dull Monday night

Michael Cox, Chad Greenway AP

In what may be the worst Monday Night Football game ever, it was Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels who provided somee excitement.

Late in a first quarter that featured few fireworks, Sherels took a punt along the sideline and raced 86 yards for a touchdown. It was an outstanding return in which Sherels showed both impressive speed and the intelligence to wait for his blocks in the open field. He finished it by running through an attempt at a horse-collar tackle by Giants punter Steve Weatherford.

The Giants have been giving up long punt returns all season, so it’s no surprise that Sherels added another one. This team’s special teams are a mess.

Before Sherels’ big return, not a lot had transpired. Giants quarterback Eli Manning engineered a long drive but had to settle for a field goal on the Giants’ first offensive possession, and Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman managed to lead Minnesota to one first down before having to punt.

Giants center David Baas limped off the field with a knee injury, adding yet another injury concern to a lousy Giants season.

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71 Responses to “Marcus Sherels brings some excitement to a dull Monday night”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 21, 2013 9:24 PM

    One of the problems with the Vikings is that they aren’t very good at football. I think it might be because their fans are horrible human beings, and they’re being punished by a higher power.

  2. serkeljerks says: Oct 21, 2013 9:29 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 9:24 PM
    One of the problems with the Vikings is that they aren’t very good at football. I think it might be because their fans are horrible human beings, and they’re being punished by a higher power.

    =================================
    I literally LOL’d at that!

  3. bluebongzilla says: Oct 21, 2013 9:31 PM

    The resistable force meets the moveable object.

  4. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 21, 2013 9:31 PM

    did you just like your comment filthy

  5. blacknole08 says: Oct 21, 2013 9:32 PM

    I bet Cordarrelle Patterson gets one too before the night is over.

  6. steelcityjoker says: Oct 21, 2013 9:32 PM

    Thats pretty harsh. I can say the same about a lot of NFL fans, but they’re teams do well (NE, BAL, DEN, NYG, SEA).

  7. longcutskolvikes says: Oct 21, 2013 9:33 PM

    Ed Gein and Jeffrey Dahmer were Packers fans.

  8. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 21, 2013 9:42 PM

    Freeman’s accuracy rivals Tebow.

  9. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 21, 2013 9:43 PM

    the likes on filthy comment must be packer fans

  10. GenXJay says: Oct 21, 2013 9:50 PM

    filthy, Viking fans are dedicated to their team.
    I assume it’s easy to bandwagon cheese bay because of a long history before your time. Not to mention, buy a piece of “stock” & you’re an “official” fan.

  11. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 21, 2013 9:51 PM

    leave it to a packer fan to say something neg about the vikings on a positive post

  12. jlmd17 says: Oct 21, 2013 9:53 PM

    freeman will forever remain a mental midget – Vince young 2.0

  13. theseekeroffun says: Oct 21, 2013 9:56 PM

    The Vikings on the History Chanel are much better to watch.

  14. whatjusthapped says: Oct 21, 2013 9:59 PM

    Are you glad they signed Freeman, his accuracy is so much better than Ponder and Cassel. (NOT)

    There is a reason there are OTA’s and training camp. Its stupid to think that a QB that has been with the team less than 2 weeks has a better chance to win any ballgame than the 2 already on the roster. Even if the 2 are Ponder and Cassel. But stupidity seems to run rampant thru the entire organization, from the GM that drafted Ponder to the coaches that started Freeman.

  15. whysomanylosers says: Oct 21, 2013 10:01 PM

    Feel sorry for all the Fantasy players that have AP…. Everyone will now be stacking that box to make Freeman do something… and that will never happen

  16. krenshaws says: Oct 21, 2013 10:02 PM

    According to the brilliant John Gruden Jamarcus Sanford returned this punt for a touchdown! I demand you change the title of this topic.

  17. jiveturkeygobbler says: Oct 21, 2013 10:04 PM

    Tough to call it the worst MNF ever when you have AP to watch.

  18. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:05 PM

    it was scherel who ran the touchdown

  19. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 21, 2013 10:06 PM

    Wow!!! These two teams suck!!!

    (I’m being generous)

  20. skolvikings58 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:10 PM

    Well, I thought this would happen.
    Freeman sucks, no big surprise there.
    Unless he somehow get’s it together this second half.
    Doubtful.
    Still a vikings fan, will always be one.
    #EmbraceTheSuck

  21. backdapack4evr says: Oct 21, 2013 10:10 PM

    Boy
    I wish Jacksonville and Tampa were playing
    It would be more exciting!!

  22. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:13 PM

    packer fans are horrible cheese heads

  23. edavidberg says: Oct 21, 2013 10:21 PM

    Freeman is playing like a terrible quarterback.

  24. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 21, 2013 10:22 PM

    It’s funny how much better Vincent Jackson has been doing since freeman got kicked off the Bucs. I’m starting to think that maybe Schiano wasn’t the problem…

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 21, 2013 10:22 PM

    Rick Spielman must not have cable and the internet.

  26. sosuhme says: Oct 21, 2013 10:23 PM

    This game is unwatchable!

  27. realfootballfan says: Oct 21, 2013 10:24 PM

    Ponder was definitely the only problem with the Vikings. Well, not. Spielman and Frazier are so fired in a couple of months.

  28. mediasloppy says: Oct 21, 2013 10:24 PM

    Wow. Freeman has had a few practices with the Vikings receivers and is not on the same page. Shocker!!!

    I’ve been watching Ponder overthrow his WR’s all year. Or even underthrow. I’ll take my chances on a more mobile strong armed Freeman.

  29. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 21, 2013 10:25 PM

    This game is a Thursday Nighter.

  30. bennyb82 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:25 PM

    The first game of the season, Minnesota looked pretty good. I am reminded of reality every week as a Lions fan. Detroit is good…but we can make any team look much better than they really are.

  31. hawkforlife says: Oct 21, 2013 10:25 PM

    Uh, penalty makes the run back sort of tainted. No matter. Still one of the most amazing demonstrations of bad football ever witnessed.

    Move both teams to London.

  32. ferrousfan says: Oct 21, 2013 10:29 PM

    Dear Aaron,
    I see now that I was wrong; the Packers way is the best. Can I please come back? Apparently the forward pass is new around here.
    Love, Greg

  33. gb4mn0 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:29 PM

    longcutskolvikes says: Oct 21, 2013 9:33 PM

    Ed Gein and Jeffrey Dahmer were Packers fans.
    ——————————————————

    In spite of the extreme heinous nature of their crimes they both were, dare I say, great at what they did.

    So if both Gein and Dahmer were Packer fans, can you blame them? It’s really just greatness admiring greatness. A mutual admiration society.

  34. MyTeamsAllStink says: Oct 21, 2013 10:30 PM

    great throw by freeman!Yes the Bucs just didn’t know how to use him.THATS what it was.

  35. edavidberg says: Oct 21, 2013 10:30 PM

    Ummm, Freeman’s demeanor stinks. What does he have to smile about?

  36. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 21, 2013 10:33 PM

    I just don’t know what to say.

    what was it… 83 offensive yards at the half, vs one of the only defenses worse than the Vikings?

  37. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 21, 2013 10:35 PM

    Wow, Freeman looks terrible. Wouldn’t it be funny if they put ponder in, he got the win, and cost the Vikings a shot at drafting a franchise QB? Just like Webb did? That would really be funny.

  38. jhorton83 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:36 PM

    In hell, this game will be on loop 24/7.

  39. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:37 PM

    I dont think so hawkforlife there should be no team moving over the sea

  40. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 21, 2013 10:40 PM

    Extra interesting now that he just fumbled untouched by himself. D’oh!

  41. dirtysouthironmen says: Oct 21, 2013 10:40 PM

    Well if this is “worst Monday Night Football game ever” wait until the Week 14 Thursday Night Game.

    But I will still be there getting drunk!

  42. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:41 PM

    Marcus Sherels giveth.

    Marcus Sherels taketh away.

  43. 6kings says: Oct 21, 2013 10:42 PM

    Sherels…dropped pick 6 followed by fumbled punt return to the 1…

    whole lotta suckin goin on

  44. arlingtonsynn says: Oct 21, 2013 10:42 PM

    “This is a terrible quarter of football. Both of these teams are just bad.”

    -Mike Tirico, MNF at 9:33 left in the 3rd quarter

    That is so awesome.

  45. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 21, 2013 10:42 PM

    Marcus Sherels giveth, and Marcus Sherels giveth away.

  46. f1restarter says: Oct 21, 2013 10:42 PM

    Greg Jennings is happy in Minnesota. He has his Super Bowl ring, he got paid, and now he’s just coasting until retirement.

  47. bender4700 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:50 PM

    I hear the Packers are in need of WR help, maybe Minnesota can get a couple picks for Jennings?

    Wouldn’t that be too hilarious?

  48. jrmbadger says: Oct 21, 2013 10:56 PM

    GenXJay says:
    Oct 21, 2013 9:50 PM
    filthy, Viking fans are dedicated to their team.
    I assume it’s easy to bandwagon cheese bay because of a long history before your time. Not to mention, buy a piece of “stock” & you’re an “official” fan.
    ============================

    Hmm….. One team has sold out their stadium since 1960, even during a horrible stretch during the 1980’s. The other team barely avoided a blackout of a home playoff game as early as 4 years ago.

    You tell me which team has the bandwagon fans and which are more loyal. Hint: it’s not the Vikings.

  49. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:59 PM

    i normally don’t go for blame the coaching but this is clearly a problem for the vikings.

    they have absolutely no use of the talent on their team. and they have talent. they just don’t know what in the hell to do with it.

    starting 4 different quarterbacks in 4 weeks is not a recipie for success. it’s like that year when we had brooks bollinger starting…and kelley holcomb. and gus ferrrote and tavaris jackson and good god there is the problem.

    please just move this team to LA. we’ll take the jaguars in a couple years. minnesota needs a clean break from the vikings.

  50. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:01 PM

    trade greg jennings to the packers. they are in desparate need of a receiver now. get a third or fourth rounder for the guy.

  51. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:02 PM

    you’ll also be happy to know the vikings are on SNF next week…so there ya go.

  52. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:06 PM

    speak for your self US vViking fans want the VIKINGS to STAY IN MN

  53. pootytang66 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:10 PM

    Dull?? I’ll tell you what’s dull. Our O-Line! They couldn’t block for a school quarterback, if given the chance!!!

  54. skolvikings58 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:18 PM

    The Vikings Have never been blacked out, don’t remember that.
    The “Problem” Here is,
    A) Bill Musgrave
    B) Alan Williams
    C) Leslie Frazier and
    D) The QB’s, terrible
    #EmbraceTheSuck

  55. bobnelsonjr says: Oct 21, 2013 11:19 PM

    I knew the vikings offense couldn’t score.

    I know the vikings will screw up their draft picks next year.

    The vikings have won only 20 games in the last 4 seasons.

    It has been 27 years since Tommy Kramer and the vikings still haven’t found a long term QB solution yet.

  56. golforepar says: Oct 21, 2013 11:22 PM

    longcutskolvikes says: Oct 21, 2013 9:33 PM

    Ed Gein and Jeffrey Dahmer were Packers fans.
    ——————————-

    Its to bad these guys were Packers fans, because if they were Vikings fans they would have killed them selves!

  57. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 21, 2013 11:22 PM

    Freeman really shouldn’t be allowed to wear #12. It’s an abomination.

  58. doe22us says: Oct 21, 2013 11:26 PM

    Whew, brutal brutal game, Freeman is awful, the Giants are also equally bad just that they lucked out.

  59. ferrousfan says: Oct 21, 2013 11:28 PM

    Dear Greg,
    You were probably right about me. I’m just not good with my teammates. Good luck with Pondercassellwebbfreeman. See you next week.
    Love,
    Aaron

  60. conormacleod says: Oct 21, 2013 11:28 PM

    I’m now hoping Leslie Frasier gets a season ending injury. Worst coach ever.

  61. packerenglishmajor says: Oct 21, 2013 11:33 PM

    One more time, tell me why it’s Ponder’s fault?

    Is it Ponder’s fault the coaches can’t get the team ready for a game?

    Seriously, when do the coaches head’s begin to roll?

    With Polian out there, how long is Spielman’s leash?

    What excuse does anyone have for listless performance they put on tonight?

  62. The Savant Chronicles says: Oct 21, 2013 11:33 PM

    Lol at former MN QB Sage Rosenfels on Twitter.

    “13 months ago I was cut by the Vikings in favor of 3 other QBs…none of whom are starting for the Vikings tonight. #JustSaying”

  63. kevishu says: Oct 21, 2013 11:35 PM

    As a Packer fan, I usually enjoy watching our rivals struggle. But I’m almost at the point of feeling sorry for the Vikings. On the bright side for the Vikings, it looks like they’re “on the clock”.

  64. cm3shair says: Oct 21, 2013 11:36 PM

    vikingfan1971 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 10:13 PM
    packer fans are horrible cheese heads
    ——————————————-
    Who’s team has a winning record!! BOOM!!!!!!

  65. bigtimepackfan says: Oct 21, 2013 11:37 PM

    I have a question id like answered by viking fans who watch tgem every week. is frazier and his coaching staff that bad and whats happening to your team? i want our division to be better than what ive seen this year.

  66. justintuckrule says: Oct 21, 2013 11:41 PM

    I find scores that are 52-48 dull. Watch this game close and both of these quarterbacks are getting killed. At least there’s some hitting. Isn’t that would football is supposed to be about?

  67. cheapglazers says: Oct 21, 2013 11:47 PM

    Kind off weird they rushed him to play after a few practices. Not sure hat happens from here. Freeman clearly doesn’t have enough chemistry with a new team after a few practices.

  68. valhalla2013 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:59 PM

    As a Viking fan would like to apologize to other NFL fans for having to watch Minnesota on prime time TV tonight. Sorry for your time wasted out of your life you will never get back.

  69. conormacleod says: Oct 22, 2013 12:02 AM

    Weekend at Leslie’s.

  70. banlarson says: Oct 22, 2013 12:55 AM

    How many post game interviews of Frazier do we have to hear him say, “we just didn’t make enough plays”? 26 runs in 2 games for the league MVP. Starting a kids who knows 9 plays and sticking with him in a game that was winnable. As a Vikings fan I’m speechless. Are they going for the top pick in the draft…nothing else makes any sense for taking this loss. 30 other teams would have blown out this Giant team tonight.

  71. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:10 AM

    Is this a media memo? Making this out to be the worst game ever? Have people not been paying attention for the past 5-6 years? MNF is awful EVERY week, regardless of the records of the teams playing.

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