When a starting NFL quarterback goes out, it’s news. When a starting NFL quarterback goes out in the playoffs, it’s a social media explosion. After some speculation and waffling, the Minnesota Vikings have announced that their starting QB, Christian Ponder (elbow bursitis) will indeed be inactive for the Wild Card Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.
This means that backup QB Joe Webb, who has not thrown a pass for the Vikings all season, will get the nod as the starter in the third match-up between the Vikings and Packers this season.
Of course, the Twitterverse was very quick to respond:
Some, like Skip Bayless, weighed in with more practical information –
Christian Ponder had the best QBR against the Packers last Sunday of any QB in any single game vs. Green Bay in the last two seasons.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) January 5, 2013
Over the last 9 games, Adrian Peterson has more rush yards (1,399) than Christian Ponder has pass yards (1,267).
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2012
Others decided to take a more humorous approach to the dismal Vikings situation:
Adrian Peterson’s response to Christian Ponder being inactive, “Who is Christian Ponder?”
— Marv Albert (@NotMarvAlbert) January 5, 2013
— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) January 5, 2013
“Don’t worry at least you can’t lose your job to injury, Christian Ponder”-Alex Smith
— Joshua Johnson (@thejoshjohnson) January 6, 2013
Others tried to use the news to do a little prognosticating:
Wow, no Christian Ponder tonight for Vikings..(inactive)…so Skins or Seahawks for sure vs Falcons next week
— Mike Bell (@mikebell790) January 5, 2013
Whatever the case, it means that either the Packers are going to get snowballed by a guy they didn’t have a game plan for, or else the Vikings are going to get buried from starting an inexperienced QB.
Joe Webb’s running ability could be a nice compliment to Adrian Peterson, but whether or not Webb can complete a pass will be the big question.
Aren’t the playoffs fun?