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.