We all know how it works, NFL quarterback throws two key interceptions in a divisional game, everyone blames quarterback for the loss. Christian Ponder has been that guy over past few days after his performance Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Yes, clearly his interceptions were extremely untimely, and they likely cost the Minnesota Vikings the game, but all the blame shouldn’t fall squarely on his shoulders.
To me, it boils down to a lack of play-makers on the field for the Vikings. Percy Harvin (the team’s second best offensive player) didn’t play, and outside of him, there is no elite talent among the receivers. It’s really that simple, Ponder had no reliable receivers to throw the ball to.
Normally, I don’t put a lot of stock into the hyperbole that announcers use, but Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman happened to be calling the game Sunday, and I respect his opinions on quarterback play. He defended Ponder nearly the entire game (outside of the two bad interceptions) simply because his receivers were not getting open. Aikman even remarked something to the effect of, ‘Joe Montana couldn’t even fit throws in there.’
The Vikings need help at receiver, plain and simple. Can Ponder play better? Of course, but he needs help.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph has been the only bright spot in the passing game, and fans will have to hope he keeps getting better with each week.
Minnesota has yet to make a move to acquire a receiver from free agency, so it looks like they’re rolling with what they’ve got. I don’t like, but it appears that’s the way it’s going to be.
If Harvin doesn’t return soon, this team basically has no chance of making the playoffs.
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