It’s not like the Packers weren't beatable today. It’s just that it was the Minnesota Vikings who played them. We have a quarterback who made bonehead plays after bonehead plays, throwing idiotic interceptions when the team was in scoring position. Ponder made some atrocious throws and just isn't progressing the way he should. It’s fair to say he sucked today.
Then there’s the Minnesota Vikings defense. There’s not a word to describe how bad they were today. They couldn't stop the run when they had to. They let the Packers run through them all day long and then when there was a chance to stop the Packers they allowed Aaron Rogers to complete passes to extend drives.
If there are a games that are must wins for Vikings fans it's when they face their arch rival Green Bay Packers. This was a poor effort for Minnesota today. This was inexcusable. Ponder needs to take the blame for this as much as the defense, even more. The Vikings defense did make some plays.
Ponder can’t do anything in the passing game. Instead he made mistakes. He made terrible mistakes. Ponder was 9/22 for 119 yards, 1 touchdown and two interceptions. That was bad enough for a 41.9 passer rating 119 yards is not good enough for an NFL quarterback. It’s not the first time this guy has played this poorly and failed to do anything in the passing game.
This Vikings loss is a bitter pill for me to swallow. I believe that the Vikings could have won this game. When you have a running back in Adrian Peterson (AP) who runs for 210 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown you, should be able to win the game. When you don't, you have major issues.
Those major issues are being faced in the Vikings passing game. It is true that the Vikings don't have a star receiver with Percy Harvin out due to injury but that's not an excuse. Ponder made mistake after mistake after mistake today. You can't blame that on anyone but Christian Ponder.
Can you imagine if the Vikings didn't have AP? The game would have been even more unbearable to watch. The only reason to watch Vikings games right now is because of AP. He single handedly gives the Vikings a chance to win. The only problem is that Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings defense throws that all away.
Player of the Game: Adrian Peterson. This is the only player who showed up for the Vikings today.
Game stats courtesy of ESPN.com.