This has been a depressing season with plenty of losses to inspire some very critical things written on this blog, and elsewhere, about the Vikings. So, after weeks of being a negative nelly, I decided to devote an entire post to some positives to take away from Thursday Night’s win against Washington.
1. Sendejo Steps In
With Harrison Smith and Jamarca Sanford both injured the Vikings tested their secondary depth and the results were not as bad as many would have expected. One guy that stuck out to me for the second straight week was reserve safety Andrew Sendejo who has a knack for the big hit. Sendejo led the Vikings with eight solo tackles and was tied with Chad Greenway for a team-leading 16 total tackles. His coverage skills need work, but he certainly made a case for himself to remain the starter, no matter how badly Jamarca Sanford wants to play against Percy Harvin. Sanford will likely get his starting gig back this week, but it won’t be from a lack of effort on Sendejo’s part.
2. Progression From Ponder
Whether or not Christian Ponder is able to progress enough over the long run to be the answer at quarterback remains to be seen, but there is no doubt he “progressed” in the short term. Thursday night we saw a Christian Ponder that looked far better than we had seen from him since the end of last year. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception prior to leaving the game with a dislocated shoulder. His lone interception was ugly and all too familiar, but Ponder looked as cool and comfortable as he has in quite some time. If he could play like he did Thursday on a more consistent basis then I have no doubt the Vikings fans would be far more welcoming than they have been of late.