Peterson, Vikings Defense Run Over Cardinals In 34-10 Victory

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 9, 2011 – 3:18 pm

Leslie Frazier earned his first victory as Vikings Head Coach on Sunday at Mall of America Field, as his team ran over the Arizona Cardinals to log a 34-10 win. And the Vikings did it the old fashioned way, with a relentless rushing attack and a punishing defensive effort that yielded only 3.8 yards per play and produced 4 turnovers.

The best RB in the NFL looked the part on Sunday, as the Vikings used three Adrian Peterson rushing TDs in the 1st quarter, along with a TD scamper by QB Donovan McNabb and a suffocating performance by the Vikings defense, to build a 28-0 lead before the 1st quarter came to a close. Arizona got on the board with a 2nd-quarter FG and then tacked on a TD in the 3rd quarter, but a rock-solid defensive effort, a commitment to the running game and two FGs by Ryan Longwell in the 2nd half helped the Vikings salt away their first victory of the season.

With a sold-out Mall of America Field crowd behind them, the Vikings defense played lights out for most of the game. But they were particularly sensational in the early going, forcing the following outcomes on Arizona’s first 6 drives: punt, punt, INT, fumble, punt, punt. There was a trio of three-and-out drives, and the Vikings converted both turnovers into TDs. Peterson scored from 4 yards out after the second Arizona punt and then dashed in from 24 yards out just one play after the INT. McNabb scampered in from 4 yards out after the fumble and then Peterson tallied his third rushing score of the day late in the 1st quarter after yet another Arizona punt.

All told in the 1st quarter, the Vikings scored 28 points, outgained Arizona 108-53, forced two turnovers and had an average drive start at the Arizona 40. Meanwhile, the Cardinals average drive start was their own 18, they converted zero of four 3rd-down attempts and they had nearly as many sacks and turnovers (3) as pass completions (4).

With CB Antoine Winfield sidelined because of a neck injury, it was imperative that the young Vikings secondary step up. And they did. Asher Allen grabbed the 1st quarter-INT, while S Jamarca Sanford collected two of his own to close out the game. The rest of the Vikings secondary played well also, as star WR Larry Fitzgerald was held in check with just 4 receptions for 66 yards. QB Kevin Kolb completed just 21 of 42 attempts for 232 yards with 0 TDs and 2 INTs; backup QB Richard Bartel threw the 3rd INT.

Aiding the young secondary in their effort was a tremendous pass rush, paced once again by perennial Pro Bowler Jared Allen, who had a pair of sacks. Fellow starting DE Brian Robison also had 2.0 sacks on the day, and now the duo has combined for 13.0 sacks this season – Allen has 8.5 and Robison has 4.5.

The Vikings special teams group deserves a nod, too, as they generated an average starting field position for the offense of the MN 42, while creating an average starting field position for Arizona of their own 24. Marcus Sherels had 45 punt return yards on just 2 tries, while P Chris Kluwe allowed zero returns in 4 punts and had two of his punts downed inside the 20, one of which was downed at the Arizona 3. K Ryan Longwell was 4 of 4 on PATs, 2 of 3 on FG tries (including a 53-yarder in the 4th quarter) and had two touchbacks.

The win improves the Vikings to 1-4 on the season and it gets them moving in the right direction as they embark on a road trip to Chicago next weekend and then return home for a date with the Green Bay Packers.

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80 Responses to “Peterson, Vikings Defense Run Over Cardinals In 34-10 Victory”

  1. By Justin F on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Tough 3 game stretch coming up. We travel to Chicago, return to the Dome against the Packers,and then travel to Carolina. McNabb will not help us win those games. We really have to abuse Peterson from this point on.

  2. By Dirty Nasty Legs on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Keep Berrian on the bench and let McNabb join him and we might be able to win some more.

  3. By Thomas A. on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    We played with a lot of heart and character today!! Keep it going Vikes!!!

  4. By rye on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Great Win. AP and Defense played great! Aromoshodu really stepped up and showed he is MUCH better than Berrian. In fact, he produced more in one game than Berrian has all season.

    Still think the vikes need to start Webb or Ponder. mcnabb played poor again. Missed some WIDE OPEN receivers. Vikings would have won this game with Webb or Ponder.

    Good win, if the vikes can pull off some magic and win the next two, they can put themselves back into the mix of things for a wild card (possibly the division).

  5. By Rocksalt on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    need to get Ponder some playing experience.why not put him in when we have lead? McNabb will not be our QB next year, so we better give Ponder some real time experience…..

  6. By VegasVike on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    We’re gonna have to score more than 3 points in the second half to beat the upcoming teams. It’s ponder time do or die

  7. By VegasVike on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    For those of you that saw the game was it more exciting to see them win or was Favre’s performance last year vs the Cards better??

  8. By Shawn on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    First things first … GREAT TO GET A WIN !!! GRATZ VIKINGS AND COACH !!!



  9. By Shawn on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Secondly as a fan I want to keep winning but as a person of close to average intelligence its obvious we will have no chance with Donovan McNabb

    Donovan Mcnabb is awfull !!!!

    I think anyone with an IQ over 5 can recognize he can not play QB

    McBench Donovan McCant throw !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. By Shawn on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Special Thank You to Coach Frazier for not allowing Berrian to hurt this team today … I hope you see it and it contiues

  11. By JT on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Happy for the win. Still not impressed with McNabb. This just delays the inevitable with him.
    Way to go defense, o-line, and PETERSON!

  12. By Huy on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb missed wide open Percy Harvin numerous times..C’mon man

  13. By Shawn on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb missed almost everything

  14. By AlbinoSnowman on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Proud of the secondary, not that they needed to work very hard with the pressure…but it’s nice to finally see a safety that capitalizes on an opportunity. Cook’s not disappointing me at all :D

  15. By absaroka2 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    The defense & Peterson won the game. Bench McNone! What did he do? Threw some more grassburners Let’s get Ponder!!

  16. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Even the great AP can’t win us games in the 2nd half, thats why I have stated that giving him the ball more is not the answer, he did little after the half, the passing game needs to improve to help AP’s 2nd half game.
    rumor already here in Minnesota is that Berrian is finished, Next!! McNabb.

  17. By Huy on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Chris Cook stepped it up.

  18. By WaVikingFan on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Do not get me wrong, I am a huge Viking fan. My only problem is still….2nd half we sucked as we always do. They gave us that game, it is nothing to be proud of. I will be happy when I see us do better in the 2nd half then we do in the 1st and we get a win out of it.

  19. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    thanks for nothing mcnabb

  20. By Viking Joe on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    A 34-10 win is something the Vikings should be very proud of !!!!! A good win today, now they have something to build on. The only negative I see is McNabb’s is inconsistent, why not give Ponder or Webb a shot, or at least a few series each.

  21. By Sweden Viking on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    We will not win more than 2 more games this season if they play McNot! He cant throw and even a blind person can see Harvin open, and Rudolph didn’t get a catch! We need to use him cause he can catch and he is good. And a good QB would see that and also would see all the open players down field. But Noooooo Mc Suck cant even throw a short one, he throws it straight down in the ground!

    With B.B out we need to play Ponder, and maybe we can win 5 more games!!

  22. By Canadian Vikes Fan on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    lol so many less comments on here after a win. Good win except this just gives McNabb another start. I’m starting to really dislike Frazier, the guy doesn’t even put in Ponder when they’re up 24 with under 10 minutes to go to let him see some real action. I’m legitimately starting to think McNabb and Frazier are having a secret affair

  23. By Purplenurple4 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    I wish McNabb would let us all in on what’s hillarious about missing a wide open Shank for a sustained drive…what a hoot.His QB rating is ….oh,hmmm,let’s see…subtract then multiply…well GD awful anyway.I’m guessing he can’t relay the proper play call.Doubt he puts in alot of extra meeting time.Does look good in a post game suit…GOODBYE Donavan…you simply don’t care & it shows.

  24. By Purplenurple4 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    P.S. Your Mama’s soup sucks.

  25. By Sweden Viking on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb doesn’t care about the Vikings and Frazier playing him shows that he doesn’t care about the team and the fans as well !!!!

    Frazier you need to show that you want to be our coach and that you care about this team and its fans!

    Play Ponder !!!

  26. By Lance the Red on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    We need to bench BB for good. Activate Manny Arceneaux and lets see what he has. Time to play more Webb as well. Glad to see our defence is doing better and Peterson your a BEAST :)

    We need to get the ball more to Harvin and our TE’s. Get creative guys :)

    But, lets face it. We cant ONLY rely on our defence like we did against the cards. We gota get more offense then just peterson. If we don’t. We will be 1-7

  27. By sandiamond on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Our receivers are a joke in the stat department this year. Nothing(multiple catches) from anybody this year to even make the nfl highlights. We are forced to keep Berrian on the roster cause they didn’t even use Arceneaux during pre-season

  28. By BleedingPurple on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Notice how 99% of these comments are crying for McNabb to be benched? I agree with them all. We have a legitimate chance to really turn things around if we put Ponder or Webb in… instead of getting annoyed with McNabb, I’m starting to get annoyed with Frazier… I never thought when we decided to get McNabb that we would be STUCK with him no matter how bad he is.

  29. By Deidre on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    SKOL VIkes!

  30. By Purplenurple4 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    When asked what he thought of the crowd booing HIS performance ( when we’re up 3 TDs) this T.U.R.D. says..” i can’t worry about that,WE won”Is he delusional,or just a DB.Then he mumbles team this & team that…coming together..blah blah blah.This guy couldn’t lead a pack of ants to a picnic in his own backyard.He does seem to be supremely confident he will start next week regardless of what the fans think.Frazier…want to answer why that is?

  31. By Viking-ology on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    It was nice to see the Vikes win, but McNaab certainly didn’t do anything to make me think he has turned the corner. Unfortunately he will most likely play until the bye, by that time we most likley will be eliminated from the playoffs.

  32. By Purplenurple4 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier was asked about McNabb’s horrible performance,response ” I thought he made some good throws to keep the chains moving”…when asked about the large number of under throws…”we..we..we’ll go back & take a look at that”…when asked about the fans booing McNabb despite a big lead…” I didn’t hear that”…HE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO INTENTION OF HOLDING MCNABB OR HIMSELF ACCOUNTABLE…as for “taking a look at it”…IT’S ALWAYS THE SAME PERFORMANCE FROM McNabb…EVERY WEEK.Frazier is not head coach material..PERIOD.

  33. By CanadianVF on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Great win for vikies today, we are celebrating thanksgiving this weekend in Canada and as we ate our turkey, we were truly thankfull for a big win. Now that the pressure is off somewhat, we can get on a roll and get back in the playoff hunt.

  34. By DuaneN on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Golf clap. Was a fun first quarter.

    McNabb is so bad. That duck on the big play to Aromashodu was so funny. I’m pretty sure he’s actually left handed, he writes left handed.

    Only chance Ponder comes in is if McNabb gets hurt. Doubtful since he makes all his decisions based on not getting hit.

  35. By Purplenurple4 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    If this season were a Scooby-Doo episode…and Shaggy pulled off Frazier’s mask…would it be the old grounds keeper-CHILLY! ROOOWWW RRROOOOW! Time to get back in the van & light one up.

  36. By Purplenurple4 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    How much does a decent NFL coach cost? Is Burnsy dead,Denny too busy with commercials,Tice selling pencils or just putting them behind his ear & looking thoughtful? Chilly? Les….is not more.PLEASE SANTA…ALL WE WANT IS A REAL COACH…not roach,that’s in Randy’s ash tray..with the parking tickets.

  37. By David P on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Great win for the vikes but if they do not play better in the second half thisd will be the onyl win. How can the coaches not see that McNabb is about as accurate as a blind man. PLEASE BENCH MCNABB.

  38. By tdurfeightyeight on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    It was nice to see the Vikings decide to fill the fullback position on the roster,you played well today 44. Donavon ran faster to the bench for oxygen than the actual run he had for the touchdown. Against the elite teams of the nfl the Vikes need better play at the q.b. position,but i don’t believe the answer is to put a rookie in there to do it.
    I say we play Webb,he has been on the team the longest and i love his ability to win. McNabb has done little this year…except saying no to twelth’s (as in servings)

  39. By Sweden Viking on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder Ponder Ponder Ponder Ponder Ponder !!!!!!

  40. By VegasVike on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    And the day just keeps getting better! Atl 14 – Fackers 0 ZERO!

  41. By Ted Brown 23 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Good job Vikings!! I’ll be in a good mood to start the workweek!!

  42. By Toney on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply


  43. By partyhorn on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Still ride n great win how much fun was that makes the beer taste even better

  44. By Garrett on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    I WANT PONDER!!!!!!!!!!!! CUT MCNABB

  45. By Arrow86 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    I like McNabb as a person. He’s had a remarkable career. Today he was 10 of 21. 60 of his yards came on the one pass that he threw well all day to Aromashadu. He threw two fungo’s to the flat that could have been called laterals. Now we’re in a stretch that would be tough for Ponder to cut his teeth on. I’m hoping Donovan throws like the Donovan of age 29, if so, going home to Chicago could be the best thing to kick start his season.

    The Packers are behind, but they’ll find a way to whip the Falcons in the second half.

    Today, A.P. looked fantastic. Note to A. Herrera. When A.P. is getting up from scoring a touchdown, don’t jump on his back. He’s our only hope! He carries the team when he’s healthy, let’s keep him that way.

  46. By Hoffy on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Seemed to win with Berrian on the bench LOL

  47. By nebraska viking on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Go vikes! Ive stayed off the blog since the randy moss/ brad childress fallout last year but i think its time i hung out with you guys again. mcnabb has very few ints, and that is exactly what we were calling for this time last year with favre. Lets see how he does against the bears and we can go from there. Good win today boys!!!! AP is a BEAST!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. By nebraska viking on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    oh… and yes cut berrian, hes awful.

  49. By nebraska viking on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    where is “fire childress” ? he still on here?

  50. By vikefanforlife on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    KNOW SHOULD WE CUT BERRIAN!!!!!!!!!!! go devin aromeshado

  51. By radzinwisconsin on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    McHop looked lost even before he took a snap! Waddles out to field then runs to sideline wtf buddy you smoke some weed this a.m. after church??

  52. By Purples05 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    You know what’s hilarious? I don’t hear ANY Cardinals fans calling for Kolb to be benched…and he has Larry Fitzgerald to throw to, a 58% completion rating, and more interceptions than touchdowns. Josh Freeman has twice as many interceptions as touchdowns, There are several Qbs with similar stats as McNabb in terms of effectiveness(interceptions or completion)

    But when McNabb isn’t lighting it up, all of a sudden our team is too “talented” for him and there are We want Ponder chants and boos. That isn’t happening in the Cardinals stadium or anywhere else…but it happens to McNabb because no one respects him…’s an unfortunate double standard

  53. By Purples05 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    People want McNabb to act emotional and angry when things don’t go wrong. That’s never been his personality…he’s not a hateful or angry guy. Anyone who’s watched him for years will tell you he tries to lighten things up and not get all down or upset. That’s the way he is….doesn’t necessarily mean he doesn’t care

    And McNabb has always used WE and TEAM in wins and losses. He could throw 4 touchdowns and he would still say WE

  54. By mikebrown on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    stevie wonder could make better throws than that clown from philly

  55. By mikebrown on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    you know I have given up on this season, all I want from the vikings is that they win 2 more games, both against the packers, and not just wind them but whack the wind out of them like 50-0

  56. By Matt on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    @Purples05: there’s no double standard. The Vikings are in a very different situation:

    - Throwing to the feet of wide-open receivers 7 yards in front of you is a huge problem. Missing those easy throws kills drives and loses games.
    - McNabb doesn’t throw many picks, but he doesn’t do anything else either. Doing nothing doesn’t mean you’re not doing anything wrong.
    - McNabb refuses to acknowledge, at least publicly, the need to improve his mechanics.
    - They have TWO backups who could fix these problems without causing more damage.
    - McNabb’s job was to get them to the playoffs THIS year, not to be their future. Since they’re out of the playoffs, play Ponder or Webb to see what that the future holds and whether they need Luck.
    - Even if McNabb wins a game or two more than Ponder/Webb, it actually hurts their draft pick and their future.

    Until today, I was in favor of keeping McNabb in and protecting the young QBs from losing or getting hurt. After McNabb’s pathetic performance today, I’m eating crow … and Pondering Webb.

  57. By Matt on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    How many times will the Vikings get hustled by Philly? First Childress, now McNabb.

    They’d be better off acquiring Packer castoffs – at least Favre gave them one good year.

  58. By mikebrown on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    I wish the packers loose every game they play for the rest of this year

  59. By Java4Jay on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb is awfull !!!! Give the money back and go home

  60. By Purples05 on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Matt….completely inaccurate….speaking of inaccuracy…

    - Yes we acknowledge McNabb has his flaws. Ohh…suddenly you’re shocked? You bought a product then get angry when you receive it?

    - The Vikings are not in a different situation. They have a brand new QB who’s been here for only a few months. He’s being held on a ridiculously short leash and NO ONE expected us to make the playoffs. Where did that come from?

    - He doesn’t need to change his mechanics…he needs to do what he does well and be efficient at it. One of those things are deep throws…but we have no deep threat
    -Two Backups who could fix it? Are you guys kidding? Ponder? Joe Webb? I’m convinced you guys only remember highlights…both of them are NOT Qbs capable of playing the position yet…nor can they make the hot reads or defensive reads at that level. Being a QB isn’t just about making throws.

    - McNabb did nothing…like avoid the rush to throw it to Aromashodu on that 20 yard play. It was a footnote of the game…but he did something…he helped contribute to 2 touchdowns by running in one and making that 20 yard scramble throw play to set up All Day Peterson

    Ponder Webb all you want. For the most part…it’s rooted in perception…not fact.Joe Webb is NOT a good QB and Ponder could very well be Matt Leinart

  61. By Sweden Viking on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb SUCKS !!!!

    Play Ponder….!!!

  62. By fred smith on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    golden opportunity squandered: a 25 point lead at half time 2 quarterbacks of the future sit the entire game even though McNabb has shown a huge falling off at half time. Webb did a very good job last year considering the situation. at TCF stadium he was told all weak he would start at the last minute told he was being pulled for an injured Farve just to be put back in after another Farve injury and then playing in some of the worst conditions that the Vikings have ever seen after that demoralization ! he earned the right to at least play the clean up role. if you are not even going to give him a chance trade him he deserves to a chance to play. (and not just that terribly designed play you put him in earlier this year

  63. By rye on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier must be putting his personal friendship with Mcnabb above the team!!!!

    That’s the only reason I can think a coach would play a QB with such PATETIC numbers and performance over a 5 game stretch.

    There is almost no way Ponder or Webb wouldn’t play better. That’s how bad mcnabb is.

    Why wouldn’t the coach make the qb change to give the vikings the best chance at winning?

  64. By rye on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply


    The packers just made the vikings hope a little better by beating atlanta. The vikings have almost no hope to win the division. But, after today, they still have hope for the final wild card slot.

    In fact, the giants lost today, tampa is also 3-2. If the season ended today, those two teams would be tied for the final wild card slot.

    So, the vikings very much still alive at only 2 games behind the leading teams for the final wild card spot with 11 games left to play.

    I know it’s an uphill battle and if they continue to start mcnabb, there is no chance. They really need to start either webb or ponder to even have a chance to salvage this season.

  65. By VikesFanSinceFifties on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    There is no question the coaches know more about the game than I do.
    What happens on the field during the game is only a small part of it. They work with the players every day. They know what they are capable of. Obviously Frazier knows something about McNabb’s play that we don’t when he says it’s not his fault. Or is it possible that there is simply too much loyalty to the players.
    It’s a tough business Frazier. “What have you done for me lately” should be the question you ask and not look at what they have done in the past. Get tough. Start acting like a head coach and make the tough decisions or some of these guys are going to take you down. And don’t point to benching Berrian as taking action. It should have been done 2 years ago.

  66. By Zach on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    a win is a win Don 5 did work. won 34-10 wooooo ric flair style bring on Urlacer and DA bears

  67. By Purplenurple4 on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Purples05…is that really you Donovan? I thought so…1st of all…50% completion is horrible…2ndly-60yrds passing…that speaks for itself.You can’t
    keep a team in the winner’s circle with those numbers…you may get a win or 2 against meatball teams,but that’s about it.Here is a tip…don’t laugh when you blow another sure opportunity..especially when the fans have already booed you off the field.Perhaps sell your BS commentary on the Redskin’s blog.

  68. By CALVIKING on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply


  69. By OLD SCHOOL on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    It’s hard to get excited about this win. Knowing the next 3 will be loses!

    Put Ponder in there and let’s see what he can do! I’m pretty sure he can yell “Hike” and turn and hand the ball off to A.P.!

  70. By ripteflon on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply


  71. By Bigfan1 on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Phenomenal, three TDs by AP in the first quarter, hasn’t been done since 1999. Everyone played real good, although McNabb needs to work on accuracy, overall though he did a good job, led the team to a W.

  72. By vikeforever on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    I was excited to see them pull through for a victory. I just have a question regarding the quarterback position. It was obvious that the game plan was to feed AD he had sucess in the past against Arizona. But if you are going to commit to run only with limited passing, why not put Ponder in how bad could he have done worst then McNabb numbers he put up.

  73. By Troutdaddy on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    @purple05 You are totally WRONG! Ponder is not and will never be a Matt Leinert… AND if given a chance to play, I am sure would do AS GOOD if not ALOT better than MCnabb. Both he and Webb looked more than able in the preseason. It sound like you need to sit up and take notice of what the Sports analysts, fans and just about the rest of the world is saying. They are saying that if it’s broke, you got to fix it and Mcnabb isn’t the fix. There is no faith in him. BUT- the coaches are obviously seeing something in him that we fans don’t, so as a fan I have to place my trust in our coaches to make the right decision for the team and if that happens to be Mcnabb, then so be it. Not happy about it, but I am not going to quit bleeding purple because of it. But get real, Mcnabb played terrible yesterday and the fact that he made a couple of throws was only because our receivers pulled them off. You see Mcnabb smile when he threw the one to the right and it hit the ground 8-10 feet short of his receiver??? yeah- that is the sign of incompetenence and every fan saw it- including Frazier, Wilf and the team. If people do not open their mouths and scream for change then they are the true definition of insanity- doing the same thing over and over again expecting to get a different result.I for one would embrace change and I think it would infuse the team to get behind a QB that is supposed to be the future of the teeam earlier than later.

  74. By Pharewynd on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with you whole-heartedly Troutdaddy. If I could have been in that stadium yesterday I would have been seated (ideally) behind the Vikings bench and yelling for Ponder to come in. McNabb doesnt have the quickness/energy to outrun my deceased grandmother. Frazier has to be held accountable for his actions as well. Keeping McNabb is a very,very, poor decision on his part. I know its his first full yr. as headcoach but it will also be his last if his decision making doesnt improve. Sooooo very happy that Berriam didnt play yesterday. They really need to get some WR’s who will give everything they have to earn a spot on the roster. Now, we need to look to the future and put Ponder in to play. He can run fast and during pre-season played fairly well. He NEEDS to be exposed this yr. not next yr. Playing time builds up confidence. Right now, Vikings only have confidence that their defense can hold the other team at bay. That’s not going to cut it in this division or in the NFL in general.

  75. By Purples05 on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Purplnnurple4…OF COURSE! It must be me Donovan right? It can’t possibly be that unlike most Vikings fans or fans in general, I’m patient, fair, and can look at all sides. I guess to be right I have to join in on the Donovan bashing…WOOHOO!!

    I have been watching players over the years…including Donovan. And it never ceases to amaze me that even when he does well…he’s always on the hot seat or criticized for what he didn’t do. He could throw for 4 touchdowns and play very well but if he missed on a play or two…you would see Eagles fans and others bash him and say he sucks. McNabb has always been on the hot seat and now that he’s on a new team he isn’t even given a chance to settle in

    Kurt Warner took a couple years to settle in with the Cardinals. Other players also struggled early. Do you think Cardinals fans want to get rid of Kolb with his interceptions and completion rate? You think Bucs fans want to get rid of Freeman? So what’s with the double standard?

  76. By Purples05 on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Ummm…Troutdaddy…a few things. I have heard people say that if you listen to the fans you’ll end up being a fan. Thankfully Frazier’s a coach not a fan…a level minded coach at that(unlike fans on here).

    How exactly do you know Ponder won’t be Leinart? Do you have a crystal ball? I can’t take you seriously with that kind of bias

    Leinart came into the league with people expecting great things from him. He was supposed to be accurate, smart, and could make the throws. Cardinals fans would act annoyed with Warner in the beginning and say they want Leinart. So did critics…and eventually Leinart got his chance. But Kurt also got several chances…and he succeeded. See what happens when you only listen to fans? If you only listened to fans the “old and washed up” Warner wouldn’t have gotten a chance

    Joe Webb and Ponder did not look more than capable…give me a break. Even against 3rd and 4th string defenses, they didn’t read the defense and looked lost in the pocket. Joe Webb especially…he would look downfield for 3 seconds and then take off. Every objective person saw this. Ponder showed some scrambling ability but that’s it

    Even when McNabb played a decent game against the Chiefs people said he sucked. Look…all I’m saying is I have seen some good things from McNabb and I’m not focusing ALL on the bad. I want to give him a fair shot before dashing him aside, which is what most impatient fans do.

  77. By Troy on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply



  78. By troutdaddy on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    @Purple05- You make a good point- Yeah Frazier is the coach- no debate there- didn’t mean to insinuate he was a “fan” but as far as Ponder goes I do not need a Crystal Ball. He is simply not Leinert and has a completely different style, thought process and work ethic, BUT I will concede that he is an unknown right now because he is not playing.. We all hope that he is going to be amazing, but just like you are guessing that he could be a Lineart, we are guessing that he is going to be something a lot more. At least many fans are wanting to give him the chance where others are doubtful. And that is ok. We can agree to disagree. In the end we all bleed purple, right? Depending on how things work out the next few weeks, we will be back on here in the blog and one of us can say I told you so… Until then, Skiol Vikes!

  79. By troutdaddy on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Oops… Skol Vikes…. Stupid typo’s….

  80. By .*. on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply


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