Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Christian Ponder will get another chance
to prove himself for the Minnesota Vikings, with head coach Leslie Frazier
announcing Wednesday that the struggling quarterback will start this weekend's
game against the Green Bay Packers.
Ponder had been benched in favor of Matt Cassel after throwing a pair of
fourth-quarter interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown,
during last Sunday's 41-20 Minnesota loss at Seattle. The 2011 first-round
pick managed just 129 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-22 passing prior to being
lifted, though Cassel completed only 5-of-13 attempts for 78 yards in relief.
The Vikings have gone just 1-6 in Ponder's seven starts this season, though he
had his best performance of the year in the team's 34-27 victory over
Washington the previous week. Frazier also said that the third-year pro has
played well against the Packers in the past, which factored in to his decision
for Sunday's game.
"I just believe at this point Christian gives us the best chance to be
successful on Sunday," Frazier remarked.
The Vikings have had three different quarterbacks start games during their
disappointing 2013 campaign, with Cassel and ex-Buccaneer Josh Freeman also
receiving chances under center.
Freeman struggled mightily in his only start, a 23-7 loss at the New York
Giants on Oct. 21 that came less than two weeks after he was signed by
Minnesota. He also sustained a concussion during that game and has since been
relegated to the No. 3 role upon being cleared.
"There may come a time where it's Josh's turn, but for this ballgame that's
the reason [for starting] Christian," said Frazier.
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