Minnesota Vikings Rumors: Christian Ponder to be Permanently Benched?
The fans in London received quite the special treat this past weekend. Two winless teams in the NFL came to battle head to head at Wembley Stadium — what a sight.
Actually, the game was rather entertaining, therefore I place my sarcasm to the side for now.
The Minnesota Vikings wound up beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 on the shoulders of reigning MVP Adrian Peterson’s 140-yard, two touchdown game. Not only that, but their quarterback play was phenomenal.
No, Christian Ponder was not on the field. Because of a rib injury, Matt Cassel replaced him in the starting lineup and went 16-for-25 and 248 yards with two touchdowns. Cassel also did not throw an interception — Ponder has five of those.
Now, this begs the question that we’re already seeing all over the Minnesota news stations: Will Cassel end up replacing Ponder as the permanent starter?
If the fans have any say in it, there is absolutely no debate. Luke Grothe, a resident of Rosemount, MN, expressed his strong sentiments today via Twitter:
I don’t want to see Ponder take a single snap ever again
— Luke Grothe (@garoorooblue) September 29, 2013
Like I was saying, I have a feeling the fans would wring Leslie Frazier’s neck if he threw Ponder back in there after such a great performance by Cassel in week four. With an obviously-elite run game and a very good game-managing quarterback like Cassel, the offense has the capability to put up a lot more points.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings even found the end zone today — twice. That is something Vikings fans would love to see a lot more of this year. With Cassel’s 123.4 rating against the Steelers, Ponders days with the Vikings as a starter are indeed numbered. How much longer will Frazier insist that Ponder is their guy?
My bet: Not too much longer.
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