Minnesota Vikings Rumors: Christian Ponder to be Permanently Benched?

By Ryan Heckman
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Wait, what?

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:



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.

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

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