Ponder Will Start On Sunday vs. Green Bay

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 19, 2011 – 10:31 am

Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier announced on Wednesday that Christian Ponder will be the team’s starting QB on Sunday when the Green Bay Packers visit Mall of America Field.

Ponder, who was chosen by the Vikings in the 1st round (#12 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft, saw his first regular season action on Sunday in a loss to Chicago when he replaced Donovan McNabb in the 2nd half. In one quarter of action, Ponder was 9 of 17 for 99 yard with no TDs or INTs; he also had one carry for 8 yards.

Questions about McNabb’s standing as the starting QB surfaced early in the season after the Vikings stumbled out of the gate to a 0-4 start.

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56 Responses to “Ponder Will Start On Sunday vs. Green Bay”

  1. By Torin on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    about time

  2. By GM on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Is it Wednesday already?

  3. By garrett1212 on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Smart move at this point. Have to see if this is our future or not. Gives us 10 games to evaluate his potential. Hopefully the team can rally around Ponder and give him support, unlike McNabb got. Still don’t see BB gettng open or catching ball consistently. Hopefully O-line will block better. Looked good against Bears, but can judge based upon that performance. Four man rush and soft zone defense. Interested to see how he’ll handle all the different blitz packages he’s going to see vs the Packers. Glad he can run.

  4. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply


  5. By Canadian Vikes Fan on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Woot woot. Go buddy, the future starts on Sunday. Hopefully the Oline doesn’t get him killed

  6. By Jhyberger on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you coach Frazier.

  7. By Titus on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Move over Rodgers, Stafford, and Cutler. There is a new boss in town.

  8. By Titus on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings by 7 on Sunday.

  9. By ozzinator on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, and is Moss coming home too?

  10. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Lolz poll on espn says Tebow will perform better this year than Ponder

  11. By Roninmn.. on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you coach Frazier and staff, we now have a new era in Vikings football, I stand behind the coaches and players 110% win or lose. Go Vikes Go..

  12. By Roninmn.. on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, I almost forgot. Green Bay, you are going down……….

  13. By Titus on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I heard the cheeseheads are afraid, very afraid.

  14. By Lance the Red on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    We need to work on our Oline so our future QB isnt destroyed in the 1st half this monday

  15. By Titus on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    How sweet to see the 1-5 Vikings give the 6-0 Pack their first loss.

  16. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Exactly! I have no worries about Ponder it’s the o-line that worries me, if they can give the kid some time in the pocket, I think we well see a much improved passing game which will also help out Peterson. DId anyone who watched the live presser notice that blonde? she sure seemed to like fondling herself, looked to me she could had used an extra set of hands, mine to be exact!!

  17. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Do you know what Ponder has that McJoke doesn’t? An IQ that breaks triple digits. He is going to read the defenses and throw hots like there’s no tomorrow and shred the meat packers. And everyone who is all concerned about him getting sacked and hurt… did you see him in the bears game? He’s smarter and faster than McJoke and will get rid of the ball quick or run when he needs to.

  18. By Billy Jean on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    The optimism on this board is extremely high. I hope he plays half as good as what you guys want.

  19. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    2004 Was the worst draft in Vikings if not NFL history.
    2005 was 2nd worst in Vikings history.
    2006 was a great draft, but Johnson and Hicks were the only OL picked.
    Cedric Griffin is the only DB remaining from 2003-2007. He’s had 3 years to prove himself, and hasn’t.
    2007 was a great draft, however NO Offensive Linemen were selected and only one DB (Mike Macauley, who never even started a game for MN)

    Total Offensive LInemen drafted 2003 to 2007: Three, none remain on roster
    Total Defensive Backs taken 2003 to 2007: 5 only one remains on roster
    Cedric “Cornbread” Griffin

    Your wonderful FRONT OFFICE is mostly to blame. (: :( :( :( :(

  20. By Danny Williams on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    It have been a long time since the Vikes had a young QB under center..the era has begun, and happy about it. This guy will bring energy to the offense which will trickle downn to the defense. Great decision coach..but it is a no-brainer.

  21. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Titus has many good qualities, predictions aren’t one of them lol

  22. By Titus on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Put McNabb in as wide receiver.

  23. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Why is it that a lot of people think that since we are so excited about Ponder getting his shot that we all think we already are going to the Super Bowl? Thats totally silly and I still liked that blonde>

  24. By @PLOCK77 on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ok everyone we all know that Ponder is a rookie so if he plays bad no need to get all angry. McNabb has not been the only reason why we have lost games, we were up 17-7 vs Chargers decided to not run the ball, up 17-0 vs Tampa Bay samething and our Cornerbacks not making plays need to remember Johnson had a shot at a INT with less than 2mins on the clock but dropped it. The worst one 20-0 vs Detroit samething no run game, play calling needs to get better and Btwice and Jenkins need to step there games up. We are still hurting from the loss of Rice and our O-Line will need to be the first picks of next years draft….

  25. By vikesfan on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    just talked to several packers fans, they all think that there team is hot sh*t and is going to destroy the vikings. I hope the packers come in thinking they are unstoppable because then ponder and crew will upset them and shut them up. ponder is mobile and that gives us an advantage. with ap running wild the packers defense will be zoned in 8 in the box thinking ponder wont throw but then he will tear it up for 300 yards and 3 tds plus 50-60 yards rushing with 1 td vikings win 35-17 btw allen forces yet another fumble and he and robison get angry from last week and they wreck rodgers with 10 sacks combined and break his leg just saying goodbye packers season skol vikes!

  26. By Titus on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    HA HA HA HA– that was an enjoyable read, even though I do not like to see a player injured. Btw– I told this girl in Wausau that the Pack will lose and she said she wished she could watch the game with me so she could comfort me when I cry– Packer fans are about to be blindsided– they really have no idea what they are walking into on Sunday. But it will be close– we won’t win by more than three TDs.

  27. By Vikingleakyboat on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    GB 28
    MIN 13

    Ponder = Fresh Fish

  28. By Torin on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply


  29. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Who is in the draft room?

    I bet it’s Spielman, Brzezinski, and Frazier.

    Then the rest of the coaches, scouts, and consultants are required to watch the draft, and be available for phone calls.

    Of course they ALL have computers, and lots of prepared data

  30. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply


  31. By Dave on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Our offense will be better with Ponder, but I don’t see us beating the best team in the NFL. packers 27 vikings 21

  32. By David P on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    New QB same olb BB. I see improvement but no win. Sorry guys. Ponder though is way better than McCant.

  33. By teamkillin on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I definitely think this will be a good game for us, whether we win or lose (but hopefully win). We’ll have to score some mad points, because the Packers will shred our secondary, and they’ve consistently put up 30+ ppg. My guess: Vikings 28 – Packers 38. Even if we don’t win, we’ll lose with style and some swagger.

  34. By Colorado Packer Fan on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    To you Vikings fans. Why are you always looking for that pie in the sky miracle turnaround? Your team will be no better with Ponder…He has no experience. One huge mistake that Minnesota has now been making for years… chasing instant success, instead of building a team yes, I said TEAM from the ground up. Petersen is a one man show. Favre was a one man show. At least that Irish black guy had experience…being knocked on his a**. I’ve also got to interject that I personally hate Jared Allen. That guy should walk under an elk sitting in a tree who throws a spear at him.

  35. By jman on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    finally we start ponder now our season isn`t complete trash.

  36. By Touchdown on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Jeffbleedspurple what video has the blond. he he he. Oh and may we all have a great year and future with Ponder. The season is not over until it’s over and therefore we still can make the playoffs. SKOL VIKES!!!

  37. By jdude on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    CPF your just saying that because every year Jared reaks havick and makes your line look like trash. Why else would you make fun of a guy who hunts.

  38. By rye on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ponders coming out party against the pack.

    I hope he wins. That would be awesome!

  39. By andrew neighbors on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    i hope vikings can get win wit ponder at QB

  40. By Pablo jacques CASTRO on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Por fin ………….. llego la hora de PONDER … es rapido, es joven , tiene futuro y lo mas importante tiene ganas de triunfar, eso se contagia con los demas del equipo!!! ahora falta LAZY FRAIZER que se vaya……………. el problema mayor de nuestro entrenador que nunca lo he visto gritanto animanodo a un jugador ,es un coach muy pasivo y eso tambien se refleja en el equipo necesitas un coach que grite !!!1 que regaññe!!! que se emocione !!!!1 que anime que entre a la cancha y reciba a sus jugadores , que haga un team back … que tramita que nuestra casa es un campo sagrado yque nadie pero nadie nos viene a ganar y mucho menos a humillar !!! necesitamos un entrenador con agallas !!!! ganas de triunfo un entrenador optimista …. pero lazy fraizer es un cero a la izquierda………. es tu ultima oportunidad fraizer !!!! si no se ve progreso te vas !!!!!! lo deberias de proponer tu mismo por respeto al equipo y a los fans !!!!!1

    por siempre vikings FAN !!!

  41. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    CPF, in Minnesota we call your QB “Jared Dodger”. And your “we’re the best, greatest team ever” pompous attitude is EXACTLY why you’re gonna fall to a few unsuspecting teams before the year is over. Even your coach McCathy is predicting 7-0. Heck, with any luck you might be the first team to start 6-0 and not make the playoffs! Go pack some more fudge.

  42. By Jennifer Brandt on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Its about time that McNabb gets benched. I think we would be perfect if he wasn’t around..

  43. By Roninmn.. on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @cpf, you should change you name pc packer fan. I think it suits you. Also are you really, truly a packer fan with dat gud uf spellun.

  44. By skolpurpleandgold on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    about time, but what about Joe

  45. By mikevike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    benched mcnab now get rid of barrian and shaincoe and they might get better

  46. By dogan gregory on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    wow!!!!! has it been that bad in minnesota for that long!!!!!!! everyone here really believes Greenbay will lose to the Vikes????? Anything is possible. however, I have to agree with Vegas, greenbay all Day!!!!!!!!!!! 7-0 Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!! vikes in last place where they belong!!!! It must suck to see Greenbay win the superbowl and start this year off undefeted!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha

  47. By dogan gregory on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    what do the vikings and an oposum have in common? They both sleep at home and get killed on the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. By dogan gregory on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    where is the safest place to go in case of a tornado? the metrodome. there hasn’t been a touch down there in years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. By dogan gregory on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Do you know why ST.Paul doesn’t have a professional football team? Cause next thing you know Minneapolis will want one! hahahahahaha

  50. By kcskypilot on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t have alot of confidence in any quarterback being the only change needed. I do have to think that McNumbskulls poor performance has to stop being rewarded with play time.

    Ponder could become something special but he needs the OJT he can get from this year to be there.

  51. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    You agree with what part? The… Fudge???…. Part? Bro, there’s better websites for your kind.

  52. By Sweden Viking on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Win or Lose Ponder is the way to go… Its about time! This gives me some hope in Frazier..
    I don’t expect the Vikings to win a bunch of games now, still need a solid OL but this is heading the right way!

    Skol Vikings !!!

    Ponder Ponder Ponder

  53. By Brad on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    The packers smell just as bad the Wisconsin. Have you ever smelled Superior? Now that smells like s@#$. I guess the fudge packers where there for to long doing what they do best. Packing each others fudge. Go Vikings and send them packing their fudge.

  54. By Garrett on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @dogan gregory

    Do we even need to response to someone named dogan? haha no comment

  55. By CARLOS CORONAS on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Vamos vikings es nuestra oportunidad esperada. Creo que Ponder con este juego iniciara su carrera de triunfador dentro de la NFL. Coinscido con Pablo Castro, tanto el equipo como nosotros los aficionados exigimos que el Sr. Freizer se ponga las pilas y actue como todo un Head Coah de primer nivel, estimulando jugada a jugada a nuestros extraordinarios jugadores. Vamos Vikings al Triunfo.


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