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Week 3 vs. CAR
Passing: 16 - 28, 204 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 4 / -2 / 0
Frerotte's best series throwing the football came on the drive that gave the Vikings a 17---10 lead. On a third and seven play with the ball on the Vikings 23 yard line, the Minnesota quarterback eluded the Carolina pass rush and connected with WR Bernard Berrian on a deep pass that went for a gain of 48 yards. Two plays later, Frerotte fired a strike to TE Visanthe Shiancoe who turned the completion into a 34 yard touchdown pass. Later in the game, he led the Minnesota offense on a time consuming, 19 play drive that ended with a Ryan Longwell field goal that put the Vikings up by two scores.
Week 4 vs. TEN
Passing: 25 - 43, 266 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
In the first half, with the game still close and the threat of Adrian Peterson on the ground, Frerotte was able to work the passing game efficiently, if unspectacularly. He rarely sought to throw the ball deep and was content to keep to high-percentage passes. When he did throw the ball deep he tended to be on target, but his receivers had difficulty making the catches. The most striking example was a dropped pass by wide receiver Bernard Berrian late in the second quarter where Frerotte laid the ball right in his hands and a 44 yard touchdown would have resulted had Berrian not bobbled the ball away. In the second half, however, as the Vikings were increasingly forced to pass and the Titans were able to pay less attention to Adrian Peterson, bring more pressure and drop more men into coverage, Frerotte found it much more difficult to continue his early success. This slide in production culminated in a bad fourth quarter interception deep in his own end on an overthrow to the Titans' Nick Harper. On the following, and final series, Frerotte was replaced by Tarvaris Jackson due to an injury to his non-throwing hand.
Week 5 vs. NO
Passing: 19 - 36, 222 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 4 / 0
Frerotte was far from special on Monday night, but he led the Vikings to victory when it mattered. He made a few big passes and was able to make the Saints pay for stacking up against Adrian Peterson. He was not incredibly accurate, but he was able to stick in the pocket in tough times and make a few key plays.
Week 6 vs. DET
Passing: 18 - 33, 296 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Frerotte faced a very aggressive pass rush and had difficulty establishing a rhythm early. However he remained calm and kept making enough passes to complement his running game, by looking for focusing on the short to intermediate passing game that enabled him to pass the ball earlier. He only threw deep three times, and instead tried to deliver the ball to his receivers in stride to better enable them to gain yards after the catch. Frerotte seemed most comfortable throwing to his wide receivers, as both Bernard Berrian and Bobby Wade were targeted the most.
Week 7 vs. CHI
Passing: 25 - 40, 298 yards, 2 TD, 4 INT
Although Frerotte had an okay statistical day, he never seemed to give the Vikings a very good chance to win. Frerotte did throw for 298 yards and two touchdowns; however he had four interceptions, one which came at the end of the game as the Vikings were trying to drive for the tie. One of his brighter moments came early in the game, as he led the Vikings down the field near the end of the first quarter and connected with Visanthe Shiancoe for a 24 yard touchdown.
Week 9 vs. HOU
Passing: 11 - 18, 182 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / 0 / 0
The three touchdowns are impressive and it was a pretty good day. The interception was on a bobble by Bernard Berrian that he should have caught. Frerotte only had six attempts in the whole second half. The numbers could have been even better. He wasn't afraid to go deep and only missed on one deep route. There were a few drops and a couple deep routes that were barely out of bounds. Two of those catches could have put Frerotte well over 200 yards for the day.
Week 10 vs. GB
Passing: 15 - 28, 151 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Gus Frerotte had two touchdowns but three interceptions against one of the league's best pass defenses. He wasn't pressured as much as Green Bay usually applies. There were only two sacks and Frerotte did not have to take many hits. The defensive backs made it hard for Frerotte and he had three interceptions. There were no targets over twenty yards in the game. The two touchdowns were one short pass to Sidney Rice and one great play by Chester Taylor. Overall, it was not an impressive day at quarterback but it was enough for the win.
Week 11 vs. TB
Passing: 14 - 20, 138 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 3 / 0
Frerotte had a mediocre game against Tampa Bay, where he completed 14 of 20 passes for 138 yards and a four yard touchdown pass to WR Bobby Wade. Frerotte did have a fumble that he recovered and did not throw any interceptions, but he was sacked five times and converted just five of 12 on third downs, and zero of two on fourth down conversions.
Week 12 vs. JAX
Passing: 12 - 20, 120 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 5 / 2 / 0
Despite a comfortable victory, Frerotte did not play very well. He didn't get a ton of time by his offensive line to look downfield, but even when he did have time his passes lacked crispness and accuracy. He consistently missed wide open receivers, including Adrian Peterson for what could've been a very big gain in the flat. It was difficult to tell who the target was on his interception, since the ball appeared to be nowhere near a Viking receiver.
In the third quarter, Minnesota got near the goal line on first down on one possession in particular, but Frerotte took an awful sack on the very next play that resulted in a ten yard loss. They eventually kicked a field goal on the drive. Even the biggest pass play of the day was almost a disaster. His 40 yard completion downfield to TE Visanthe Shiancoe was tipped about halfway there and nearly intercepted. At one point, Frerotte was shaken up so hard that he had to leave the game. His absence lasted only one play, however, and he returned to action without incident the rest of the way.
Week 13 vs. CHI
Passing: 16 - 25, 210 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 1 / 1
QB Gus Frerotte was not flashy in the win but managed to get the job done. He hooked up with WR Bernard Berrian for a 99 yard touchdown score down the left sideline. The Bears defense left Berrian unguarded and he made an easy catch and score.
He nearly had another touchdown to TE Jim Kleinsasser but after review the referees ruled that the tight end was done at the one yard line.
In the first quarter, Frerotte was hit late by Adewale Ogunleye on third down but no flag was thrown. Frerotte went down to the ground hard and laid facedown but was then able to walk onto the sidelines. The Vikings kicked a field goal on the next play and Frerotte returned on the next series and showed no ill effects from the hit.
Week 14 vs. DET
Passing: 7 - 10, 70 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Frerotte injured his lower back late in the first half and did not return to the game. Prior to the injury, he was playing terribly. He had turned the ball over with two costly interceptions and had led the Vikings to just three first half points. He had very little pocket presence and failed to stand tall when there was pressure on him. The first interception was just a bad read by him, as he failed to see Ryan Nece step into the passing lane in front of Bernard Berrian. The second interception was a case of a pass being batted at the line and picked off. It was during a tackle attempt on that play that Frerotte hurt his back. He was being checked out and stretched on the sidelines and his return was deemed questionable, but he didn't make another appearance the rest of the way. It's also worth noting that Tarvaris Jackson played very well in his place the rest of the way, throwing for 100 yards and a touchdown on ten pass attempts without a turnover.