The Minnesota Vikings continued their early-season struggles at the quarterback position as Christian Ponder failed to perform once again in a devastating loss 44-31 against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night.
The Vikings started a different quarterback for the third week in a row, but the result was the same as it seems like the problems won’t end until the season is over. Ponder didn’t turn the ball over, but was highly inaccurate and was unable to gain significant yardage. He completed 14 out of 21 passes for 145 yards, but failed to reach the end zone and looked out of sorts under pressure in the pocket.
He did score a rushing touchdown once the game was decided, but when it mattered the most, Ponder was unable to lead an offense that looks more and more out of sync as the season advances.
Running back Adrian Peterson didn’t help the Vikings’ cause as he was a non-factor once again. AP, who led the NFL in rushing last year, only gained 60 yards and even when he was able to score, he had all sorts of troubles getting past a defense that performed admirably even though it was injury-riddled.
The only offensive highlight for the Vikings was created by the special teams. Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson returned the kickoff for a 109-yard touchdown to set a new NFL record.
Coach Leslie Frazier admitted after the game that he’s not sure if Ponder will be the starter next week and at this point, that shouldn’t surprise anyone. The Vikings have been a complete disaster offensively this season, and they need to start looking at next year’s draft to see if they can draft their signal-caller of the future.
Based on what has happened this season, the Vikings need a fresh start sooner rather than later.