There were fans who were excited to see Christian Ponder get a second chance as the Vikings starting quarterback. May I suggest an ice pack and a couple of ibuprofen for that headache from banging your head against the wall hoping for a different result.
Ponder talked all week leading up to the border battle about being more relaxed and that after he'd been benched, it couldn't be any worse.
He was wrong, it was.
Proving that there are different levels of bad, Ponder took it to a new level in his post game press conference when he responded to a question about Greg Jennings lack of inclusion in the offense.
"We call plays and I try to get the ball to the guy that's open," said Ponder, who continued. "I guess he wasn't open."
He was wrong again, he was open several times.
One of Ponder's problems is that when it comes to his progression, he looks for his first option and if it isn't open, he gets happy feet and either takes a sack or takes off. Meaning in Bill Musgrave's offense, as a receiver if you aren't the first option, you aren't going to touch the ball…period.
When he was asked during the week about regaining the starting spot, Ponder responded that he wasn't going to give it back. After his performance against the Packers, neither he, nor his head coach wanted to answer that question which isn't exactly a ringing endorsement. But we all knew that, right?
The quarterback is supposed to lead and Ponder has proved he is incapable of leading this team. He talked about the character of the guys in the locker room and gave a list six names deep. None of them were his. Christian Ponder is a walking cliché spewing machine who not only doesn't know how to fix what is wrong, he couldn't even really tell you what the problem is.
In his redemption game that he had an opportunity with no expectations or pressure and delivered with 145 yards through the air, 50 of those came on the final two drives with the Packers leading 41-17. When it mattered, the best he could do was 95 yards passing and in two second half possessions led the team to a pair of three and outs.
He'll watch tape and get back to us on what needs improving.
Fans at Mall of America Field watched what a team with a real quarterback could do. The Packers moved up and down the field at will and completed all but three opportunities on third or fourth down. Aaron Rodgers played without two of his top receivers and his tight end and finished with 285 yards only missing on five throws all night. Punter Tim Masthay didn't punt the whole game and was seen working sudoku puzzles on the sideline. Good teams, teams that are taken seriously have a quarterback that makes plays and when Rodgers threw his second touchdown to Jordy Nelson before he had even broke his route, Nelson caught the ball behind the linebacker and made his way 76 yards to the end zone.
So go ahead Christian and tell us that your receivers aren't open. We're watching the same tape you do and we know the truth even if you can't figure it out.