The playoff picture in the NFC remains a work in progress after an unpredictable start to the season has given way to a curious midpoint in which all four divisions are still up for grabs.
Frazier did not say who would start in Ponder’s place if the quarterback is forced to sit. Matt Cassel took over for Ponder on Thursday and played well, but the team could also opt to play Josh Freeman, who will have spent over six weeks in the Vikings’ system by the time the Vikings and Seahawks kicks off.
The implication of Frazier’s comments is that Ponder is still the Vikings’ starter if healthy. He entered Thursday’s kickoff with a tenuous grasp on the position, but acquitted himself well. Ponder started poorly, throwing an interception on his second pass of the game, but rallied back and finished 17 for 21 for 174 yards and two touchdowns in addition to his pick.
Cassel played well after Ponder left late in the third quarter, going 4 for 6 passing for 47 yards and leading the Vikings on two long field goal drives. The Cheap Flag Football Jerseys Vikings were intrigued enough to sign Freeman as a free agent, however, and may opt to kick the tires once again on their acquisition, especially with a postseason berth all but ruled out this season.
Ponder regained his starting job after free agent signee Josh Freeman was injured and ineffective in his only start for Minnesota. Ponder played his two best games of the season over the last two weeks — throwing for 381 yards and posting a passer rating of 84.6. This resurgence isn’t enough to cement him as a the long-term starter, as the Vikings aren’t willing to commit to him for the remainder Cheap Fishing Jerseys of the season.