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Following Sunday’s win it seems that we once again (thank goodness) get to place some votes for who we think gets the game ball.
Here are a few options to choose from:
ADRIAN PETERSON: 31 rushes for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. 2 catches for 16 yards.
CHRIS KLUWE: 7 punts with 37.4 yard average, 2 inside the 20, and the “Ray Guy” sticker.
JASPER BRINKLEY: 9 tackles, 3 assists
JOSH ROBINSON: 5 tackles, 1 interception
HARRISON SMITH: 4 tackles, 2 assists, 1 interception, 1 touchdown
BRIAN ROBISON: 2 tackles, 1 assist, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Prior to this week’s loss in Green Bay, the main topic of conversation for the Minnesota Vikings fan base revolved around second year quarterback Christian Ponder. His 119 yard performance, with two game changing interceptions, will do little to quiet the doubters moving forward.
Despite having the league’s top running back in Adrian Peterson Ponder and his offense have sunk to the bottom of the NFL in terms of passing yardage.
Many Vikings fans have taken to the internet and radio call-in shows to express their displeasure with Ponder and it sounds as if they have seen enough of the Florida State product and are eager to see him spend some time on the bench.
The one guy has perhaps seen more of Ponder than anybody, however, feels that he has not seen enough to give up on his former first round pick. Ever since the final whistle blew on Sunday, Leslie Frazier has done nothing but reiterate that he plans to continue playing Ponder and has barely even acknowledged the possibility of benching him.
So, where are you at as a fan today? Have you seen enough of Christian Ponder to give up hope? This poll represents what is ultimately the most important question that the Vikings, as an organization, have to be asking themselves over the next six months or so.
Some would argue that Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears was the end of the Vikings season in terms of participating in any week 18 games. What we know for sure is that Jared Allen’s blind side block ended Lance Louis’s season.
On an Antoine Winfield interception, Allen launched his body at the offensive lineman in an attempt to block during the return, but the result was a knee injury that has brought more criticism Allen’s way than he has seen since he did this to Matt Schaub in 2008.
The hits to Schaub resulted in the NFL making a rule change the following offseason, but this time around Allen’s hit on Louis was one that is already illegal despite the fact that he wasn’t penalized for it. Allen can expect a hefty fine from the NFL and plenty of jabs from the team that currently leads the NFC North but now has to finish out the regular season without their best offensive lineman.
Head Coach Lovie Smith offered up his take on Monday.
“Jared Allen plays the game a certain way, a good player in our league,” said Smith. “I think there are some plays when you look at them again, you say, ‘Hey, we could have done without that.’ I think our game could do without that play. We have an injured player right now based on it. I think he could have gotten blocked a little bit differently, but that’s about all I can probably say about it. I’m sure the league will look at it and give another opinion about what they think.”
I can’t honestly say that I believe Allen is a dirty player that intentionally hurt Louis, and he echoed that in his post-game comments about the play and his apology to Louis and his family, but I also think the play is one that the NFL could indeed do without and that Allen will (and should) hear from the league office.
What do you think Allen should expect provided the evidence and testimony mounting against him on this one?
A number of excellent individual performances came about during Sunday’s upset over the Lions. Who will you award the VT game ball to?
Christian Ponder: 24 of 32 for 221 yards and two touchdowns, plus 7 runs for 15 yards.
Adrian Peterson: 27 rushes for 171 yards and a touchdown, plus 3 catches for 5 yards.
Kyle Rudolph: 7 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Jarius Wright: 3 catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, plus 1 rush for 3 yards.
Blair Walsh: Broke Vikings franchise record for touchbacks in a season, and made 4 of 4 field goal attempts.
Antoine Winfield: 9 tackles and a recovered fumble.
Chad Greenway: 5 tackles and an interception.
In 2010, Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings ranked 23nd in offensive yards gained and 29th in points scored. They ranked 10th in rushing offense and 26th in passing offense.
When the Vikings transitioned from Brad Childress to Leslie Frazier in the head coaching spot, Bill Musgrave was hired to head the Vikings offense and their top draft picks were spent on quarterback Christian Ponder and tight end Kyle Rudolph.
This offseason General Manager Rick Spielman devoted a good portion of his resources towards improving the roster on the offensive side of the ball. Four of their top six picks were spent on offensive players, including a star left tackle and two receivers. Receiver Jerome Simpson, tight end John Carlson, and offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz were among the only notable free agency moves the team made.
So what has the improvement been?
The Vikings offense of 2012, approaching the toughest part of their schedule, is currently:
17th in points scored (improved from 2010)
22nd in yards gained (improved)
5th in rushing (improved)
30th in passing (regressed)
So, with much being made about Christian Ponder’s lack of production, people are starting to wonder if Bill Musgrave is on the verge of being dismissed. In a season and a half, Musgrave has had three quarterbacks start in his offense (McNabb, Webb, and Ponder) and none of seen any overwhelming success to speak of.
If Ponder and company, possibly without Percy Harvin, dial up another stinker on Sunday against the Lions then the echoes of boos will be ringing well into the Vikings bye week. This leads us to today’s question of the week.
So, here is a chance to cast one more vote today: