Minnesota Vikings: How Many Poor Performances Will Christian Ponder Last in 2013?

By Ryan Heckman


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It is pretty safe to say that the Minnesota Vikings won games in 2012 in spite of quarterback Christian Ponder. Running back Adrian Peterson carried the team on his back all season long en route to a 2,000 yard season.

At this point already, I know there are plenty of ignorant Vikings fans ready to jump down my throat. It’s okay though, I’m about to prove to you why Ponder is a terrible quarterback — and believe me, it doesn’t take much.

In 2013, the Vikings now have Matt Cassel in competition with Ponder of course, and I’m wondering just how many games head coach Leslie Frazier will last until he makes a change.

In Ponder’s first six games in 2012, he threw for roughly half of his total yardage on the season. In those same games, he threw for under 200 yards twice. 

In his final 10 games, Ponder tossed 10 touchdowns compared to the eight he threw in his first six games. It’s no wonder in week six that Ponder was one of the top-5 rated quarterbacks in the NFL and after that point, well, it wasn’t pretty.

In seven of his final 10 games, Ponder threw for under 200 yards seven times, including three dismal performances in which he finished under 100 passing yards — 58, 63 and 91.

How in the world has Peterson put up with this? Ponder is going to end the future Hall of Famer’s career early at this rate because they’re going to depend solely on the running game sooner or later in 2013 — and beyond, if Ponder stays the starter.

This upcoming season will be a sure disappointment for Minnesota if they don’t seriously consider starting Cassel. He’s not even a good quarterback, but he’s the best option they have.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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