Lessons Learned: Built To Win One Way
Consider this statistical analysis for a second. Christian Ponder completed 11 passes to Vikings receivers during Sunday’s win.
These 11 passes were good for 91 yards and no touchdowns. Jay Cutler, on the other hand, completed two passes to Vikings cornerbacks and those interceptions were good for 100 yards and a touchdown.
So, to be clear, Jay Cutler was a better Vikings quarterback on Sunday than Christian Ponder was.
Leslie Frazier and his staff decided to go “all in” utilizing a formula many of were calling for weeks ago, and it led to a fairly impressive victory over a divisional foe. The Vikings fully embraced the idea of having to run the football (accompanied by solid defense) to win football games, and even if it seems they figured it out a little too late, they are still in the playoff hunt because of it.
Against the Bears on Sunday Adrian Peterson had a career high of 31 carries while Christian Ponder tied his season low of 17 passing attempts. If you throw in some Toby Gerhart and bootlegs, the Vikings ran the ball 21 more times than they threw it.
The Vikings have once again proved that they can win with Christian Ponder at quarterback, but once again it is obvious that they can really only do it if Peterson continues to play out of his mind and the defense continues to come up with big plays.