Christian Ponder is reportedly taking the most snaps in practice this week for the Minnesota Vikings. This comes after the QB dislocated his left shoulder in the Vikings’ win on Thursday Night Football over the Washington Redskins. Obviously it would be a different story if we were talking about his throwing shoulder, but with the injury on his left side, the QB is expected to start on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Ponder is certainly an easy target for criticism, but he’s actually played pretty well since being inserted back into the starting lineup three weeks ago. It’s being said that the Vikings’ coaching staff views his performance against the Redskins as the best of his career. But in week 11 on the road against a tough Seahawks’ defense, do Ponder and the Vikings stand a chance? To keep it simple – no.
I don’t see a scenario where Minnesota leaves Seattle with a victory on Sunday. We’re talking about two teams that are headed in completely different directions. The Vikings are headed to a top-five pick in next May’s draft, while the Seahawks look like team that could still be playing in February. Maybe, the Vikings would have a small chance at pulling the upset if they were playing at home, but they’ll be on the road and dealing with the 12th man.
Ponder gives his team the best chance to win, but it’s going to take another career-game from the QB and a 200-yard performance from Adrian Peterson if the Vikings are going to stun the football world on Sunday afternoon.