Week three of the preseason always captures the attention of fans more than any other, even though week four tends to be make-or-break time for bubble players, because the first teams see their most extensive playing time.
As the Vikings prepare to play the Niners this weekend, after two very flawed games thus far in the preseason, I have a list of things I hope to see. Here are the top five:
5. Something, Anything, Out Of Ponder
On one hand, what Christian Ponder does in the preseason simply does not matter. He’s the week one starter, barring injury or suspension, so how he plays impacts the depth chart very little. Heck, if he lights it up in the preseason, it matters equally as little because what he needs to prove is that he can quarterback his team to wins on a consistent basis. He can’t prove, at least to me, whether or not he is “the guy” during these preseason games. He’ll have to wait until the regular season before he can make a real case for himself, or before critics can truly call for his head.
However, on the other hand, it sure would be nice to see him perform at a higher level than he has been. A nice solid game out of him would go a long ways towards giving us some confidence about the pending playoff race.