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Vikings Ride Defense, Peterson To 21-14 Win Over Cardinals

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 21, 2012 – 3:46 pm

A familiar combination of ingredients proved to be the winning recipe for the Vikings on Sunday, as they used their stout defense as a base and sprinkled in plenty of Adrian Peterson for good measure along the way to a 21-14 victory at Mall of America Field. The win was the Vikings 5th of the season and their 4th at home.

The Vikings defense continually repelled Arizona’s offense despite the Cardinals frequently obtaining favorable field position. The Cardinals began a series in Vikings territory 4 times during the 1st half, but came away with just 7 points in those drives. The Cardinals had 7 possessions in the 2nd half and scored a TD on the final one to move the score to 21-14, but the Vikings defense dominated in the first 6 possessions, forcing drives to end in a turnover once, downs twice and a punt 3 times.

CB Antoine Winfield had another outstanding performance, leading the team in tackles for the second consecutive week with 11 stops. He also had a sack on a key 4th-down play. DE Brian Robison registered a standout performance as well, dominating his matchup up and down the field while tallying 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble. The Vikings leading tackler for the season – Chad Greenway – had a solid outing with 7 tackles and 1 tackle for loss (TFL). As he usually is, DE Jared Allen was a factor in the game, adding 2.0 more sacks to his season total, which has risen to 6.0 after he had no sacks in the opening two games of the season.

The key play of the game came early in the 3rd quarter, when Vikings rookie S Harrison Smith stepped in front of a John Skelton pass and intercepted it. Smith, a running back in high school, used good vision, some nifty maneuvering and then finally straight-line speed to weave around and then out-sprint Cardinals offensive players all the way to the end zone for a 31-yard TD, giving the Vikings a 21-7 lead.

After the Smith TD, both the Vikings and Cardinals defenses dominated the game. Arizona held the Vikings to just 58 net yards in the 2nd half and Arizona, while able to rack up yardage, was unable to penetrate the Vikings defense and score. It wasn’t until a late 7-play, 79 drive that Arizona reached the end zone again. That made it a one-score game at 21-14, but the Vikings were able to run out the clock on 4 Peterson carries after recovering the ensuing onside kick.

Speaking of Peterson, he turned in another signature performance. He carried the ball 23 times and churned out 153 yards, placing him in a 1st-place tie with Robert Smith for career 100-yard rushing games in Vikings history. Peterson showed no signs of being nagged by an ankle injury that has limited his practice time the past two weeks, as he dashed through the Cardinals defense several times and carried multiple Cardinals defenders for extra yardage on multiple occasions as well.

Percy Harvin scored the offense’s other TD on a 3-yard pass from QB Christian Ponder in which the diminutive playmaker came out of the backfield to catch the pass in the right flat before making a defender miss and finding a seam to reach the ball into the end zone. Harvin finished the day with 4 receptions for 37 yards and the TD. Harvin actually returned the opening kickoff the game 103 yards for a TD, but an illegal block in the back penalty nullified the return and forced the Vikings to begin on their own 8.

Outside of the running game – 27 carries for 166 yards (6.1 yards per carry) – the Vikings offense failed to generate much of a rhythm, especially in the 2nd half. Ponder was 8 of 17 on the day for 58 yards with the TD toss to Harvin and 2 INTs. He was sacked 3 times and under duress for much of the day.

But Peterson was good enough and the defense was dominant enough to take care of the Cardinals on Sunday. It should also be noted that the Vikings special teams group did well in their goal of limiting the Cardinals explosive punt returner – Patrick Peterson. The 5th overall pick in 2011, Peterson had 4 punt return TDs a season ago. But in his meeting with the Vikings last season, he was held to zero return yards on 4 punts. On Sunday against the Vikings, he was once again limited. Peterson had just 7 total return yards on 4 opportunities and was forced to call 1 fair catch.

In analyzing the overall offensive performance, the late TD allowed by the defense and the 7 penalties for 35 yards called against them, this isn’t the most impressive win of the season. But in the NFL, you never apologize for winning a game. There are too many times when a team plays well but still winds up on the losing end of the scoreboard.

A win is a win, and the Vikings found their 5th of the 2012 season, moving them to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the NFC.

“A good win for our football team,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “It’s tough to get wins in the National Football League. We played a good football team today, one that I’m sure in December will be battling for a spot in the playoffs. They’ve got some good players. Our guys battled and battled, and found a way to get a win at home.”

Depending on what happens on Monday night in Chicago, where the Bears are slated to host the Detroit Lions, the Vikings could finish the week atop the NFC North standings. The Bears currently sit at 4-1, meaning a loss would drop them below the Vikings in the standings at 4-2, while a win would put them in 1st place.

The Vikings must turn around quickly this week and prepare for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Vikings and Buccaneers, former NFC Central rivals from 1977-2001, will battle at Mall of America Field on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.


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173 Responses to “Vikings Ride Defense, Peterson To 21-14 Win Over Cardinals”

  1. By H.M.G. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings win in a pretty ugly fashion.
    The offense needs to step up.
    Stop letting the not so good teams hang around.

  2. By H.M.G. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    The D needs to also step up late in games.
    They can hold guys all day till the 4th then they seem to lose focus or something.
    Skelton should not have been allowed to move down the field for that TD.

  3. By vikingsfan1955 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    This makes no sense is Peterson real lol. He doen’t even wear a brace after a major surgery. Harvin and Ap can’t do it all and the offense has to pick it up. I’m still supporting ponder and will because he has shown great potential and he will get together.The defense is so strong and we all know D wins games.Next week at tampa bay we get a chance to get some offense going and a good win. 5 and 2 wasn’t on very many peoples minds at the start of ths season but I have believed in the team and the coaches from the start, so this is not a surprise start for me.If you known football what you see so far is a great foundation to build on for next year and when next yr comes we will be in it from start to finish. We still have some surprise wins to come this yr and for those that feel we beat a weak team today thats not true the cardinals were as much as a surpise as we were so good job AP, Defense, and Harvin.

  4. By Spencer on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook put Fitz on lockdown.

    Another great performance.

  5. By H.M.G. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Not a weak team but they are not on the same level as the Vikings.
    Last week they let the Skins stay around it bit them.
    Same with the Colts.
    The Vikings are better than most people think but they keep letting others stick around.
    If it continues the Vikings will lose more then a couple games.

  6. By H.M.G. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Cook got hosed on that offsides by Allen.

  7. By VikesShield on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    WeEeeeeE THursday NiGHt FOoTbAlL ON NFL NETWORKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAHOO TIME TO TAKE OVER THIER SHIP AND SAIL TO VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By todd whitacre on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    ponder seemed short (with the media) and brass today in his press conference, stating at one point, “We are good at the 2-minute offense”. At another point stating on the interception targeting Kyle, “As a quarterback I know I can make that throw, that’s an easy throw”….Fact is you did not make that throw, and fact is you and Musgrave run a terrible 2-minute offense. You were touching your nose half a dozen times and sniffling during your press conference, I pray to god you have a cold. You should be benched noodle arm

  9. By purplehaze1 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    post removed…strauck a nerve did we Wobbs? no matter…fans know what recipe you’re referring to…GO VIKES!!!

  10. By VikesShield on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    todd whitacre why would we bench him? then what will happen?…idiot.

  11. By Old School on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder will need to get out of this funk that he is in for us to contend ! The throws that he is making roght now will not get it done vs Bears and Greenbay!

  12. By demflyboyz on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    I think rick speilman did better then any body in the draft last year by drafting Kalil and smith.. I think that if Harrison smith keep playing the way he is playing he will be the defensive rookie of the year..

    I wana see Josh Robinson more in the mix because he is very talented…
    Since John Carlson is not producing on the offense then we should let Ellison start.. he had a forced fumble on special teams and he is close to 100 yard ds season with 4 catches.

  13. By H.M.G. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Carlson has likely gotten a concussion so your wish may be granted.

  14. By H.M.G. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Activate Wright and start Ellison across from Rudolph.
    Why was Rudolph not used more?
    After that bad INT he was not thrown to at all.

  15. By D on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder has got to step up..he has not looked like an NFL caliber quarterback. A couple of more bad performances and we will be looking for a qb in the 2013 draft. But hey a wins a win. SKOL!

  16. By demflyboyz on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Next year I think we will make it to the super bowll..

    We can mke it this year u never know..
    We have the best running back in the leauge, the best kick off returner, a top 5 reciever
    One of the best defensive ends,
    One of the best outside linebackers
    A top 5 tight end.
    And one of the best offensive lines

  17. By PAVikes30 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    As said, a win is a win, …..BUT, I am concerned with our QB. After going the first 4 games of the season w/o an INT, he has now thrown 2 each in his last 3 games. Defense bent but didn’t brreak today, but allowing 350+ yards to a sub-par offense and a 100 yd rusher in Stephens-Howling isn’t great. Bottom line, if we keep playing like this it will catch up to us at the end of the season. But I’ll always take a win, so I am happy for that.

  18. By demflyboyz on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah I wana see Jarius wright active next game… we already gt recievers not showing up in the stat sheet.. I’m sho that he can do better then the other backups..

    Next year 4sho no matter what I think we need to draft Cordarelle Patterson…
    He is simalar to Percy Harvin but he is taller and faster…

    With Percy Harvin, Greg Child,Cordarelle Patterson,jerome simpson, and jarius wright as our wide recievers we wuld have a very good wide receiver corp…

    And with Ellison and rudolph as tight ends we could be very explosive
    I think our biggest need on defense is a Linebacker and a defensive tackle

  19. By snook on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    the vikes got 2 find a way 2 get there wide recivers more involved, without streching the field they will lose on the road 2 the bears packers and texans.

  20. By H.M.G. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    MANTI TE’O!

  21. By missed the boat on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    the vikings need to figgure out what’s wrong with Ponder or find another qb

  22. By dieseldog on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Its beginning to look more and more like Ponder will never be anything but an average quartback at best. He is going backwards in his development. It was a lucky win with stupid play calling at times.

  23. By tomcat on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Sometimes people forget that there is another team on the field that also has good players and also want to win very badly.

  24. By Shari on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go Vikings

  25. By vikesfan5.0 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Our O line didnt look so great today> Ponder did have alot of pressure.

  26. By dieseldog on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    looks like Carlson is the new Denard Barrian, he will likely milk a concussion the rest of the year. He did have a good block on a pederson run tho.

  27. By vikesfan5.0 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    HSmith is an animal!!!! Our D is on fire so far this year!!

  28. By dieseldog on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Where was Simpson?

  29. By Parkway on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Our two biggest FA acquisitions really haven’t contributed much. Carlson had thrown a few decent blocks but I’m pretty sure he was supposed to be a big pass catching TE to compliment Rudolph and he just hasn’t so far. Simpson has only contributed a few PI calls for us and been a bit of a decoy I suppose. Hopefully we can step up our pass game

  30. By Mike B. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder was not on his game today, but Arizona was causing some problems with OL protection. The offense seemed to be satisfied with AP running the ball. Was an ugly game but we ended up with the win. Tampa lost today so they are going to be motivated on Thursday night. We will have to be on top of things.

  31. By pack fan on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    wow its odd that frazier musgrave will experiment with shwartz when fusco is more than adequate but unwilling with jarius when jenkins is less than

  32. By Mike B. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t have concerns about Ponder yet. He needs to work through these games. We are 5-2 and much better that predicted. Go Vikings.

  33. By Vlad19 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    I have not checked in much here, but sounds like the honeymoon over Ponder is finally (and rightly) over….. Stat lovers were talking all about his Comp % and no INts, and refused to pay attention to the more critical stats even in his “good games” – He CAN’T throw downfield, he is reliant almost entirely on the little check-down and slant throws, crossing routes, all the 6-8 yd field variety because he doesn’t have the arm for stretching a field…. NOT GOOD. But let me summarize in his “good games” he benefitteed by a D that dropped numerous interceptions – 3 in one game (SF, one should have been pick-6), two in another (Det he was purely lucky), then he threw 2, but also had two dropped in another win… It was no until Washington that we all saw Ponder in his glory, when a defense did not drop the ball, and the 352 yds (for you stat lovers out there) was due to chasing a big lead, Washington could afford giving up yads, but not big plays…….. and today, 58 yds and 2 Ints, another 6 yd toss well over and behind Rudolph leading to an 8 yd field for TD.

    Please don’t try and use stats to substantiate this guy’s achievements, because they are only as good as the stats you choose to use! He is so average it hurts my eyes to watch him, and hurts my ears (and eyes when it comes to reading blog) to hear people talk bout how “good” he was/is. He isn’t, and the best we can hope is our defense remains playing good football and we can run like crazy.

  34. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Old School — get a grip and quit your whining! NOW!

  35. By diehard on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    lets sit ponder for a couple games and lets see what webb can get done for our none exesting passing game at least beyond five yards,ponder thinks he has 5 to 7 seconds to get rid of the ball than he throws under pressure or just throws terceptions

  36. By vikingbob136 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Not a very convincing win,but a win is a win.
    Not sure what happened to Ponder on that INT that was meant for Rudolph.He made the same exact mistake last week.
    Tampa Bay could have won today but fell short.They will be very hungry on Thurs.
    We need to stay focused and not let up in the 2nd half.

  37. By Vlad19 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    dieseldog, the answer to where was Simpson is easily answered… he was hiding behind the fact we have Ponder as our QB.

  38. By Common Sense on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Every Elite QB puts up HOF stats in there second year as a QB.

  39. By Mike B. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    If you want to ruin a young QB sit him down and put in the backup. You might as well trade him out then and start over. That’s about as dumb of idea as I have ever heard. He’s a rookie QB and needs to work out these issues. This is not the time to call for Ponder’s head. This is a rebuilding year and we are 5-2. It’s not like we were expected to get in the playoffs with so many rookies on the team. Just relax guys. Arizona’s def was rated #4 so they are no slouch. I will predict that Frazier will stay with Ponder.

  40. By john on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    vikes need to find new oc cord and try web at ob or we will lose to tampa give ponder a wake call hes bad

  41. By rmk800 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    time for webb. cant get much worse than 58 yds and 2 int’s to put it lightly ponder is in consistent is accuracy is shaky at best and he wont throw the ball away when hes in trouble he just throws it to the other team. at least implement webb at a wildcat formation or some trick plays. in todays game you need a gunslinger or an very good athlete to play qb and ponder needless to say is neither one of those players

  42. By Common Sense on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    No QB that throws for 23 tds and 20 ints in a season will lead their team to the Super Bowl.

  43. By Mike B. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Our first 2 redzone visits were TDs and the Cards adjusted and the offense had a hard time. But we played with the lead the entire game. That’s how we have been winning this year and it was good enough to win this game. You all need to relax and not be calling for anybody to be benched or axed. Wow bunch of complainers we won the game.

  44. By Common Sense on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    No QB that throws for 27 tds and 26 int. one season will not lead their to a championship game the next.

  45. By vikingbob136 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    THE GOOD;
    A.P. is still the best runner in the NFL
    Harvin is the best all around player in the NFL
    7 sacks by our defense
    THE BAD;
    One attempt by Gerhart
    43 yards passing by Ponder
    Ponder seems lost
    Offensive coordinator is too conservative
    NO downfield WR threat.
    1 for 10 on 3rd down
    2 first downs by passing the ball

    Thank goodness we were not playing a high quality team!!!

  46. By Common Sense on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Patience is not a virtue that many football fans have. Out of everything I’ve wrote this is the only one thats true.

  47. By Mike B. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Right on Common Sense. Some are too use to playing Madden or getting quick results. Patience is what is needed and looking at the long haul.

  48. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    The only thing I will complain about is running AP for 140 yards– we have another game with only 3 days rest between– other than that, we may be 6-2 at the halfway point– that is awesome after the last two years. GET A GRIP people.

  49. By rmk800 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    you need a qb do deliver the ball to have a deep threat. a.p. is getting old the guy only has a couple more seasons of production like hes has been giving. harvin still hasent been paid. this so called rebuilding year is going to blow up in our faces when harvin gets mvp and leaves mini were going to have one target and thats rudolph. ponder just isnt a good fit for an nfl qb you cant get away with not throwing anything over 20yds like you can in college ball

  50. By john on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    cards played good today, we need coach to shake up the oc, we need a spark we have great players, just no offence

  51. By Mike B. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    mk800 we are 5-2 in a rebuilding year. not 2-5. Even with the later you don’t bench your QB that only has 16 regular season games played total. That’s just poor decision making.

  52. By john on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    been a vike fan since 1961 and seen alot, this guy will not wiin with this oc,great players wiil be worn out or hurt.

  53. By Tommy T on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    I know we have more players besides Harvin, and Petersen. Although they did well today, What about Wide Receivers, Tight Ends, other runnings backs (Give AP a break every once in a while). Try to use all the OFFENSIVE WEAPONS that you have. As for Ponder-What is going on with this guy? Seems like he’s not really into what’s happening around him. PONDER -GET YOU HEAD OUT OF WHERE EVER AND GET IN THE GAME. Defense looked good, except when cornerbacks play off their receivers 10 yards.

  54. By rmk800 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    point is you cant coach arm strength you either got it or you dont at this point. ponder knows he doesnt have a big arm meaning hes not gonna take shots down the field hes gonna check down if hes got the option. and hes proven he can barley complete a 10yd pass. i think were just wasting time with ponder.

  55. By Immure on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Percy’s contract does not expire until 2014. He’ll either get his extension after the trade deadline or at the end of the season. If your team has a winning record you don’t bench starting QB unless he has more Ints then TDs.

  56. By Matthias on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    How I hate all these whiners and haters… Ponder just had a rough day… But, we also played one of the best defenses in the nfl. Ponder is probably more frustrated over his play than anybody else. Calm down and please quit all this start Webb talk… Did you know that everybody loses a step than they are getting older… I prefer a “noodle arm”, even if it’s not true, with the most smarts at his position rather than an elite athlete,who is still smart, but not that smart than the starting QB.

    Give him time to grow into something special.

  57. By Spoiler Alert on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, we have the worst fans in the league!

  58. By Greg on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, haters everywhere…Ponder is still learning, yes it was painful to watch, but the Vikings still won and are better than most expected, quit being bandwagon fans and support your team people.

    P.S. If you are gonna cry and complain, at least learn how to spell…good lord, it looks like half of you were educated in Wisconsin!!!

  59. By Matthias on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    *on this team.

  60. By Spoiler Alert on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Fran Tarkenton had a weak arm too. Chumbalones!

  61. By Spoiler Alert on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    If this team ever wins a Super Bowl, I can’t wait to hear some of these fans find a way to whine and cry about it.

  62. By john on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    look at his picks, high school throws, put in web,give the team a spark and ponder a wakeup, web not the answer either,but bhe will be able throw down field,and se what the recivers can do,

  63. By Spencer on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Give Cook some love..

  64. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Question for Musgrave…

    From what this fan has seen…We have tried to throw the ball DEEP to Simpson 3 times so far this season…

    Each time, all 3 passing attempts have drawn a pass interference call against the defense, holding Simpson from making a big play down the field…But the end results are getting us HUGE first down plays down field…

    Sooooooo…Why not try doing that more often ???…

    Isn’t making HUGE plays down the field, a good thing ???…

  65. By Greg on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    For the love of GOD people….learn how to spell…read before you post!!!

  66. By QB on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    One thing I’ve noticed about Ponder is he has great touch on a soft pass dropped into the secondary when he is is the pocket. When he is out of the pocket, that lob kills him on the run, but when he fires at the target out of the pocket he is much better.

  67. By Mike E on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    I know it is a short week but I say give webb the start. It is a game he can win. Maybe def. cord. have ponder figured out and it will give them a different look to have to prepare for. At the very least, other QBs have bounced back nicely from having their pride humbled with a benching for a game or two.

  68. By Greg on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Thank god you people calling for Webb to start are not in charge…guess the saying is true, you just can’t fix stupid!

  69. By Immure on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer- Cook did a great job covering Fitz today. He showed some rust earlier in the season and didn’t play that well last week. But he does handle himself nicely against elite WR in the league.

    He also showed the he has the ability to get the INT to be bad that it got overturned.

  70. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    If Ponder is benched…

    The Vikings season is over…

  71. By dannyboy on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. What a bunch of negativers? Why cant you just accept the fact that we won and Ponder had a bad day? Alex Smith has had bad days and noboby is calling for his head.

  72. By Parkway on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t imagine what this country would look like if some of you were in political power or even the heads of corporations…. “Well since our company is still in the black we will blindly accept any employees blatant mistakes and errors and not try to get any better ever”

  73. By rmk800 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    alex smith is also not a “great” qb the only reason he is as good as he has been is because hes got a great back in gore, a freak of a te in davis, and enormous depth at the wide out spot. they have what it takes to win it all this year if they dont they call there season a flop

  74. By Greg on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway, what a ridiculous statement…these are young players who need time and experience to develop and learn…by your logic anyone who makes a mistake, even if they are inexperienced, should be fired instead of being allowed to learn from that mistake…good thing corporations don’t operate like that or you probably wouldn’t have a job…that is unless you never made a mistake!

  75. By vikesfan5.0 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    GET A GRIP!!!!! Webb sucks! Ponder had a bad game so what AP has had a few too!! Remember the fumbling problem?

  76. By Parkway on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Did I say fire every player that makes a mistake Greg? No, I’m saying that it’s productive to be critical because that is how you improve. Think before speaking/writing.

  77. By RichardA1 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Who would of asked for more at the beginning of the season, 5-2 ment things are going extremely good! negative speaking-how many time did the Vikes go play to Harvin, Play to Peterson, then start over! we better utilize the deep threat or settle for every time Simpson get the ball thrown to him he gets a flag called in his favor. A good defense will eat us up if we continue to alternate plays to the same 2 players.

  78. By vikingfanforlife on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Neechi says, All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth. Give Ponder a chance, looked like the offensive line wasn’t protecting very well and giving him sufficient time to throw. Chill out Ladies.

  79. By dee jay born on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Defense won this game with AD carrying the load.I just hope whatever mistakes Ponder’s making they’ll be out of his system when the schedule gets real tough real soon.Just one of those games where one phase of the team lacks the other side picks them up.Jared Allen’s starting to warm up.B-Rob is picking it up too.Let’s keep it going for Thursday.We’ll need the offense to step up.Let’s keep it going on Thursday..SKOL VIKINGS…

  80. By Parkway on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    We won’t make a QB change this season or next unless Ponder strings together about 5-6 of these games and we are losing all of them. I’m sure Ponder’s problems are:

    1. 2nd year qb, still adjusting
    2. Doesn’t have a great O line to give him time
    3. Doesn’t have a WR he fully trusts to go up and get the ball a la Sidney Rice
    4. Faced a good/confusing defense today

    Supposedly he has a lot going on upstairs to complete his undergrad and MBA in a short period of time (though I wonder the requirements for the starting QB)

    Once the game slows down for him some more and he gets more faith in some WRs hopefully he can use his brain a bit better and pick defenses apart.

  81. By rmk800 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    ap’s fumbling problem was blown way out of pro portion he had a couple games he fumbled in the last 3 years he has 1 fumble in each year and has only lost one. the last time webb played qb was against the redskins . Webb was 4 of 5 for 84 yards and two touchdowns for a perfect 158.3 passer rating, he also rushed for another touchdown. He led the team to a 33-26 victory. he out threw ponder in 4 throws

  82. By Nit Picking on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    VikingFan- Its Nietzsche.

  83. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Cook was rarely covering Fitz. I saw Winfield covering him more than any other player. J-Rob covered him a few times as well.

  84. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Pay Percy!

  85. By dieseldog on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    it seems like some people confuse reality, objective observations, and the truth as being “negative”.

  86. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Cardinals defensive game plan…

    Put pressure on Ponder (3 sacks and 2ints) and shut down Harvin…Take our chances on allowing running lanes for AP…

    A good Cardinals defense did just that…But AP burned them for 153 yards and a TD…

    Vikings defensive game plan…Put pressure on Skelton all game (7 sacks and pick 6,ff)…And shut down Fitz (4 catches 29 yads)…

    But locking out Fitz..Allowed Howling to have a career day…

    BUT NO WORRIES !!!…THE VIKINGS WIN !!!!…

    The Vikings played a very good defense today…And WON !!!

    When a good defense shuts down the passing game…It opens up the running game (AP has HUGE game)…

  87. By Immure on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Either way our CBs did a great job limiting Fitz production in the game.

  88. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Just because we are thankful for being 5-2, does not mean we are ignorant of areas for improvement. Real world is not a microwave. Parkway– that post above was ignorant. Period.

  89. By Parkway on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    It really wasn’t Titus. Diesel dog said it well

  90. By Parkway on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Some can’t fully appreciate a good analogy :)

  91. By Mike Redman on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    There is one stat we should be concerned with and that’s the win-loss stat. And at the moment it looks pretty good. Yes there is improvement to be made but right now we are winning and have a good chance to go 6-2. I’ll take that over the last two seasons.

    Many of you forget that this is still a rebuilding year and at the moment we are a head of schedule.

    This isn’t a Super Bowl team but they are a possible playoff team. I’d take that given all the transition and just how young we are.

    I’m enjoying the year, the rest of you should try it, it’s a lot more fun!

  92. By HCG. on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Yo dudes, you have options.

    http://vikingsfootballblog.com/

    ^Percy’s favorite site.

  93. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Mike— you said it all– ENJOY!!!! People– none of you can do anything about this team– why sweat it???????????? Get a hobby.

  94. By TheHighschoolChamp on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    watch this and be amazed……its a convenience store getting held up!

  95. By demflyboyz on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    That let u all know that we are a good football team.. wen ponder is having a bad game. We can rely on a.p.

    But I can’t wait to see what happn next year when Greg childs return we will be a much better football team.. and when we draft a nother reciever next year.. and I dnt see why we dnt target simpson more often

  96. By Matthias on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Stop posting non-related football news, besides it’sfunny, like the rebublican and democrat talk by shawn and titus.

  97. By Matthias on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    *and DRS.

  98. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    STAY FOCUSED gentleman!!

  99. By vikes or die on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder had a horrible day today for sure. But the Cardinals “D” put alot of pressure on him today. Young QB’s make alot of mistakes. But ya, it was ugly. Ponder can do it. It looks like he just needs to calm down alittle. He needs to play fast, yes, but with control. 5-2. Gotta love the fact we are finding ways to win though. We have a very strong team.

  100. By Frederick Jones on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    In addition to being 5-2 we are seeing some improvement in our weak areas, namely the defensive backfield, and the offensive line. Both of those groups should continue to improve through the “easy” part of the schedule.

    Look at what we have after the bye week. Holy smoke, I hope we are healthy and playing well at that time.

  101. By Parkway on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Hey us “dumb, critical, lowly, negative etcc… ” fans on here aren’t the only ones thinking about adding some key players before the deadline… http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1378289-building-an-nfl-trade-deadline-wish-list-for-the-minnesota-vikings/page/12

  102. By Spencer on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    TAKE OFF THE SHACKLES OF JOE WEBB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  103. By Bill on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    1&1/2 years of the Ponder experiment and I still don’t think he is going to be the Vikings future? He just doesn’t have what it takes.He makes too many stupid plays on the field.Cases in point,2 short old interceptions last week and today. The biggest example of his stupid play was throwing a 5 yard pass inbounds with about 15 seconds in the 1st from our 10 yard line.He should have thrown it out of bounds. If he completes the pass the Vikes only have 85 yards to with less than 10 seconds !! I don’t know what the answer is at QB, but I don’t think it is Ponder.
    Overall the Vikings are having a great year with a lot of positive signs of improvement.

  104. By Theo on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Our coaching staff is horrible. Bill Musgrave needs to change the play calling quick if we are going to have a chance of making the playoffs.

  105. By PURPLE BLOOD on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    To all you Ponder haters:
    A.Rodgers-109.6
    P.Manning-105
    B.Roethlisberger-99.9
    T.Brady-96.9
    D.Brees-96.1
    A.Smith-93.9
    E.Manning-92.5
    C.PONDER-92.4*****
    A.Dalton-91.7
    P.Rivers-85.3
    T.Romo-84.6
    S.Bradford-81.5
    C.Newton-79.3
    M.Stafford-79.2
    J.Cutler-78.7
    M.Vick-77.7
    B.Gabbert-77.1
    A.Luck-72.3
    M.Sanchez-70.9
    Just a few QB ratings in the NFL

  106. By TheRealDon on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Musgraves play calling will be the reason we dont get far into playoffs cause we will make it.. Mark my words

  107. By PURPLE BLOOD on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    One bad game and you all wanna throw Ponder under the bus. What kind of fans are you? Hang you heads in shame!!LOL

  108. By PURPLE BLOOD on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Musgraves play calling:
    Hand off AP
    Hand off Percy
    Pass Percy
    Hand off AP
    Hand off A
    ECT……

  109. By viking181164 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    vikings test starts now…if they don’t correct passing game going to get blown out..look at the stats the upper qb’s in the league do… run game gets stopped its all over folks..

  110. By PURPLE BLOOD on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    We need to use K.Rudolph J.Simpson M.Jenkins T.Gerhart alot more!

  111. By someone on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    I want to see Christian Ponder make those tight coverage throws to be an elite QB in the NFL. From the beginning of the season I just thought that it was our WR who sucks cant get open for Ponder to throw to but as the season goes on its actually Ponder who cant seem to learn how to find those open window and throw to, in the NFL you cant always expect your WR to be wide open, you have to throw into tight window. Look at some of the very good QB’s in the league they throw it to their WR even if their cover but they put in tight window and let their receiver make a play. Until then I don’t see Ponder to be our future QB I like the kid but he is not the future neither is Webb. Also want to see Ponder sling shot the ball on short throws.

  112. By viking181164 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    ponder isnt a student of the game…thats why..you can tell a good qb by how they prepare..look at those ints today..pathetic thats a qb

  113. By viking181164 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    where was that little hitch screen to percy today? no tight end plays?

  114. By Parkway on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Good points “someone”. You gotta have some arm hubris in this league to sling it and Ponder really never does zip them in there.

  115. By PURPLE BLOOD on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Good thing you guys arent head coaches in the NFL cuz u suck!!!

  116. By viking181164 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    should have traded up to get RG3 or luck

  117. By RichardA1 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Here come the Vikings.

  118. By JP-Weapon of Mass Reduction on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    AP was great today, but is it just me, or have any of you seen that he is a step slower? I think the pre-injury AP would have taken it to the house on that 27 yard run, and or gotten at least 15 more yards. I know his ankle is tender, but has he fully recovered and if so, has the injury taken a step or two from him?

  119. By viking181164 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    jp what kind of questions are those..wake up hes cooming off major knee surgery

  120. By tomcat on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    From the tone of some of these posts you`d think we lost by 30 and were 2-5 instead of 5-2! Sheeesh! Before the season I was thinking 6-10. 7-9? I woulda been tickled to death. I have been a Vike since `65. Leave the kid alone. He may not be the next Namath, but he`s plenty good enough. We`re going to the Superbowl next year.

  121. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously tomcat. These fans have animal brains– react to only what is physically in front of them– see bad pass, go ape. See missed opportunity– go bonkers. A few weeks ago– see Ponder play superb– praise the kid. Today, pounce on him.

  122. By Parkway on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Yes let’s all focus on the metaphysical instead

  123. By Vlad19 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    All this forgiveness of mediocrity at the QB spot just because as some say “we are in a rebuilding year”, or as one pointed out, “You don’t bench a QB if he is throwing more TDs than Ints”….. which defies logic, because if you consider the ACTUAL facts, Ponder has been LUCKY as defenses have dropped no less than 7 interceptions so far against him… so yes, the guy WOULD have good margin MORE ints and about 2-3 more losses….. that is LUCK my friends, not Ponder’s talents.

    While I admit he has had better decisions this year more or less, even the MORE is not good. And this idea that we should sit back and pat our bellies at this anemic kind of play because “we are rebuilding” is nuts… the game is about being good, at least as good as you can be. Frazier is a conservative guy, so haing a “manager” is valuable to him. But the performance and physical shortcomings of a light arm and frantic mind are not telling of greatness or Super Bowl prowess. Now maybe THAT frantic mind will calm in maturity, but the arm won’t suddenly be John Elway – Ponder is lucky to be a Chad Pennington in arm strength. He is just not that good.

  124. By purple08 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    1 full season at QB, 5-2 record and some fools are calling for a new QB? How many years did Rodgers have in the league to learn?…Like I said last week…. bunch of idiots on this blog. LOL Get Bent! PONDERMANIA!! Go Vikes!

  125. By eddietorres on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    ….my take of season for Ponder…
    WEEK 1…..270 yards passing
    WEEK 2….245
    WEEK 3….198
    WEEK 4….111
    WEEK 5….258
    WEEK 6….352
    WEEK 7…. 58
    This week yes his yards sucked and bad….but like a lot of you have been saying and I agree… he is only in his second season…More than anything else he has to take a step back and get that focus back that he had before this sting of interceptions that he has been throwing….that has done all the damage to his passing game. He is out there with not only the game going on around him but he is also trying to second guess himself on the field…a dangerous situation for any quarterback….lets hope that he can get his poise and his metal attitude back…so far his yards per game have not been all that bad…

  126. By vegasvike on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    CP7 has shown flashes of brilliance no doubt, unfortunately the last few games he’s also raised a lot of concerns. We all want to go to the big dance every year, I think flip flopping with a players performance is normal. We all WANT to be the best, CP7 too. I wish him luck and hope the learning curve is not over.

  127. By Vlad19 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    And the conversation about O Coordinators and conservative gameplans, it is also because of Ponder and his inability/discomfort in stretching the field. Musgrave honestly gameplans pretty well considering he is dealing with a guy who is comfortable in a 10 yd field.

    My ONE bright spot for me re: Ponder, he protects the ball better when he moves out of the pocket. Not much, but the fumbles are absent compared to last year’s debacle. But as a few mentioned, he goes into mental paralysis when he roams and doesn’t throw the ball away effectively, taking sacks instead…. that is something taught in Pop Warner, why does this amply brilliant kid not get that simple concept?

  128. By eddietorres on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    .Vlad19….If he (Ponder) take a step back and stops letting those interceptions get stuck in his head he will do just that….but until he does he may be stuck in this loop….hope not…

  129. By Vlad19 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    eddie, I’m not going to oversimplify. I am talking about a performance capability – the 352 yds was because we were playing for 2 plus quarters from 2-3 score deficit… any QB is going to ring up yards in that scenario where D plays “prevent”, bend don’t break D. And keep in mind, that game, 9-0 lead because Ponder couldn’t convert the critical, foot on the throat moments of TDs instead of FGs… 21-0 and we are chasing Skins out of their own building. 9-0 and we let them off the hook.

    Then you have the three INts SF dropped, one a pick-6… Detroit missing two…. Tennessee dropped two while grabbing two….

    Those games would be entirely different if Ponder were not LUCKY.

    But as some attest, “I’d rather be lucky than good”, this might satisfy a fan base because we are 5-2, but I am thinking of how to be better.

    Winning a game because you got an interception return from Smith for TD and Ponder 1-10 in 3rd down conversion, and 58 total yds, and 2 REAL interceptions, and another soft flip pass that missed the broad side of the barn (Rudolph) just like the Detroit game….

    My point eddie, don;t be fooled by 5-2 or yardage stats, watch how lucky he has been. So MY point, I would rather be GOOD than lucky, I will have better career than the lucky guy. I wish Ponder luck because I am Viking fan. Just don’t have much belief in the guy for all I have seen.

  130. By sandiamond on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Just one day of practice this week (tues) so the players will be in film class much of the time. Tampa is the better football team of the two right now due to injuries for the Cards
    Freeman threw for 420 yds sunday with wr Vincent Jackson leading the way. Tampa’s D looks suspect giving up a ton of TD’s to Brees & Co

    Can our O put up some points??

  131. By Mike B. on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting that none of the Ponder doubts don’t understand Fraizer’s Offensive plan. Run first and High percentage p@sses. Ponder fits Fraizer’s Offense , he doesn’t have to let the ball fly often as that’s the game plan. He fits the offense the coaches are planning each week. He only has 16 regular season games. Just watch and let things work out. Benching Ponder is not going to happen and time to realize that.

  132. By DrinkHeavy on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    This is maybe the youngest, most inexperienced team in the NFL and we are at 5-2. I thought we’d be lucky to get to 6-10 this year, so as far as I’m concerned, one more win and we’re playing with the house’s money. So it’s hard to figure what all these guys are complaining about. Against the Skins, our D did not play so well (but then again RGIII makes alot of D’s look shaky) and we almost pulled one out late on the road. Yesterday, we couldn’t complete a pass or convert a 3rd down but somehow managed to win. These are all great situational learning experiences for the team and I think they’ll be a much better team for it. So let’s hold off on killing the players or coaching staff for now and see what we look like at the end of the year.

    Now for this Thurs..The guys played an extremely physical game vs Arizona and now we got Josh Freeman and the Bucs coming in on a very short week. The Bucs have shown that they can put up a lot of points and play very tough on the road, so the VIKES have got their work cut out for them. Again, let’s see how this coaching staff and players react. In games like this when you don’t get a whole lot of time to game plan, it’s usually the offenses that have to carry the day..hopefully Ponder, AP, PH, JS and the OL are up to the challenge..GO VIKES

  133. By Matthias on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Who do you want to win? Detroit or Chicago.

    I would be nice to sit at the top a little bit longer, but I don’t want too much pressure either…

    Best thing would be a draw… Somebody can dream or?

  134. By Anita Wilson on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is quick And fast, so let’s design some Wildcat Plays for him to run the ball…Just Once in Awhile to keep the other team off balance, both in the Red Zone and when we need a Key Play to Get A First Down!

  135. By sandiamond on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Chic loss and they would be 0-2 Div. The Vikes would still be currently a home field playoff team up there with the Giants

  136. By autobon7 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    To MikeB above….staff doesn’t let Ponder throw because they have no faith in his arm or on field judgements. Yesterday was a prime example as he threw across his body/field when he got picked….Cards marched right in for a score. He looked like a deer in headlights.

  137. By Ricky from TN on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Glad the Vikings won in the battle of defense, well win is win. Yes I agree the Vikings cant afford to miss Cordarelle Patterson bec Im from TN and been a Vol fan all my life. Patterson is one of best players ever I have been watched! Hes so GOOD! However hes a junior now so Im not sure if he will turn pro. Ofc I pray he will stay another year with the Vols ha. Anyway way to go for the Vikings! Lookin forward to watch their game against the Bucs this thurs night

  138. By Kathy P on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    What the?

  139. By vikingsfan1955 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    I want to say this without being disrespectful, if you give up on ponder now why not give up on the vikings and go to another team. he is still a young qb and learning. he will get through this and get better this year. What counts is that we win and that said he hasn’t thrown a game yes mistake but we have not loss. He has shown he can be a very good qb in this league and I say he will get his mojo back and his teammates are not giving up on him so neither should the fans. It’s good we have a strong D and cast of beasts on the offense that will carry him till he gets what he had at the start of the season. Have patience vikings fans the ship isnt sinking we are 5 and 2 and some still aren’t happy, remember it was some good plays by ponder that helped get us where we are now.

  140. By Kathy P on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Can I reply to myself and get posted lol?

  141. By Kathy P on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Please just get the Offensive like to protect Ponder???? If we dont get a running AND passing game going, we arent going to be able to compete with the likes of Bucs,Bears,Packers.

  142. By Kathy P on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    The problem I see is this; right now our running game is working for us BUT what is going to happen when that doesn’t work against these Hi Powered Defenses; especially in our own Division? I would like to see some semblance of being able to do both running/passing to mix things up a bit. Im not disillusoned at all,and am quite satisfied with our current 5-2 record. It’s just that I fear that if we are unable to do both of them, that we will not be able to keep up with those huge aggressive offences that they have.

  143. By vikingsfan1955 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t get it people how many other fans would be complaing when they are 5 and 2 and talking about benching their qb thats insain. the good thing is we have a good record and the rest of the team is picking up the slack while ponder is struggling and he will do the same later for them. remember this is a team effort and it’s not close to time to panic and bench our qb. let him work the jitters out he will be fine.

  144. By vikingsfan1955 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    I say this with conviction anyone that feels AP only has a few years left of the production we are seeing is a fool. Do you know this is a freak like the nfl has never say. trust me ap in 3 yrs will be a starting running back any team would be more that happy to pick up. If he loses a step he will still be better than cj or andre.

  145. By BlueBird7 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Ricky from TN.. Yesterday you were Ricky who lives in Omaha NE.
    Does moving around that fast make you tired?

  146. By vikingsfan1955 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    I can respect when you say how bad a player played bad but to call for a teams qb to be benched when you have a 5 and 2 record makes no sense at all. We all have the right to critize but lets be real and make comments that makes sense. I look at some of the comments and say some are just talking without having true football knowledge or common sense.Some don’t get the team concept and I’ll bet the players are asking or feeling ponder needs to be benched. The recievers have to get open for him to get the ball, they have to make great catches at critical times. Remember these names and some of their catches, anthony and chris carter, randy moss. These guys got open and made great catches and complimented eachother so until we get top nothch recievers Ponder will look like a average qb and thats a fact. I’m still on the ponder wagon and he will pick his game back up.

  147. By vikess86 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    ponder definitely had some plays that made me scratch my head. why not feed the hot hand. which at that time was AP. I am wanting ponder to keep playing but why not mix it up more. Put ponder and joe in together on some play. I.E. Antoine randle EL!. throw something at the defense they aren’t prepared for.

  148. By mnsoldier on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    The O needs to move the ball around to other players, use Ponders ability to move to our advantage, roll him out and hit the TE more, also use the short crossing routes, it will keep the LB’s on their heels but able to drop back enough to get into the middle cross routes for percy or harvin. keeping the FS an and SS in the looking at the middel cross will enable one on one deep to Simpson, but you have to establish this activity it wont happen on the first play.

    Play action on the first play with a short drop, throw it up but put it out there where it will be long enough for simpson to run after it and get beyond the DB’s do throw it short for a jump ball.

  149. By Muskyfever on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    @ vikingsfan1955
    Here is the issue with some of your arguments. I agree that we need to give Ponder more of a chance. But 8 for 17 for 58 yrds, 1 TD and 2 INT’s… What part of that is good? It is not all Ponders fault.. that I agree with, however We only have one guy that can get Separation = Harvin. And Musrave is about as Vanilla as they come when it comes to calling the Offense.

    My worriy with Ponder is that when he does get the chance to throw down the field (which is rare) he overshoots 80% of the time. I’m talking plays over 30 yrds. Now is this because he does not get enough chances because of the Vanilaa play calling? Or do we think it is more an accuracy issue with Ponder? Personally I think it is both, The best experience you can get in the NFL is GAME TIME experience. If we are not calling these plays, how is he ever going to get better at them? I don’t think we should get rid of Ponder by any means… Musgrave on the other hand… I am not a fan of. He needs to start calling the same plays as he would if we were down, when we are tied or up. I feel that the O has enough talent to destroy teams before they even got a chance.

    Should we bench Ponder??? NO! not even close to that. But if he doesnt stop making bad decisions and throwing rediculous INT’s, we are going to lose games.. Thats just how it is in the NFL, lose the turn over battle and you lose the game. We have been lucky up till now, but when we play the Packers or the bears… Do you think that our luck will continue??? I don’t.

    Kathy P, made good points. We are going to start to lose if we can’t get our run AND p ass offense going. AP ran for 150+ GREAT! good for him, glad to have him back 100%, but Ponder tok 2 steps backwards. Yes, we won… But we are not going to be able to win down the stretch if the rest of the team can not step up and make plays.

  150. By Jim on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is absolutely useless bring in Joe Webb because it sorry when you’re running back has to carry your team!!!

  151. By autobon7 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is for sure taking some steps in the wrong direction. This is alarming and totally agree with Muskyfever above that when we play the Pack and Bears we will not be lucky at all. I would rather win because I have the best players in the correct situations with a good game plan and unpredictable play calling. Make sure everyone knows their roll and the vets lead with their experience. I’m happy that we are 5-2 but luck has played a bigger roll than I am comfortable with. Bad luck can strike just as fast as good luck. Lets win with bravado and put teams away instead of countless mistakes that let teams hang in till the end. Again I agree with Musky in that we need to be aggressive with the play calling and keep the pressure on no matter what. Ponder does overshoot anything that resembles a long pass and that worries me. I have been very vocal about giving Webb a shot and know that the topic is a powder keg but at least get him in the game with some trick plays or something….anything. It angers me when I see wasted talent getting no chance what so ever. Even if ya don’t start him get him in somehow someway. I’d start by getting rid of Musgrave and getting creative. We can be so much better if we got rid of vanilla and served up some chocolate chip cookie dough.

  152. By rmk800 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    odds are webb will not be utilized in any trick plays, if the opportunity arises where he makes a deep connection on a reverse pass or something along those lines. the second guessing will begin, starting with the coaching staff and then leading to ponder who will basicly be thrown under the bus due to fact he cant hit the broad side of a barn outside of 20 yds.

  153. By Really?! on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Rodgers 109.6*****
    Ponder Who cares.

  154. By akismet-41c60be47266e2df3efb59ad3f309733 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder better get out of this or esle, we may not contend in the NFC north. 6 INT the last 3 games. not good at all. but a good defensive game by our defense.

    http://minnsportsforums.com/board/index.php

  155. By rick on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    sub par qb and a very easy schedule first half of season. After Tampa, wins are over. A really good qb would give them a chance. Ponder will never be the really good qb.

  156. By BlueBird7 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Really?!

    I really care, Sam cares, Frazier cares, Musgraves maybe, cleaning lady at corner market cares, IRS cares, (They want a large part of his pay. On & on.

  157. By spicycurryguy on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    gibberish

  158. By missed the boat on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is the only weak link on the team

  159. By Kathy P on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    I disagree with you on Ponder being the only weak leak in the Offensive line. He was running for his life most of the game because the Offensive line didn’t provide enough protection for him. Loadholt/Kali were pretty weak on the line but Loadholt hasnt been that great of a player anyway. Was surprised they actually kept him this yr.

  160. By Kathy P on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry, meant to say link not leak. But you get my point I’m sure. We HAVE to get some WR’s who can separate and get open. We cant always be counting on (2) players only carrying our Offense. They are working AP/Percy like pack mules and sooner or later one/both are going to get tired/injured.

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