Christian Ponder made his first start in the NFL on Sunday against the undefeated Green Bay Packers, and he already looked infinitely better than Donovan McNabb has looked all season. He only completed 13 of 32 passes for 219 yards 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, but he looked composed at all times and gave Minnesota a chance to win the game.
The Vikings held a 17-13 lead at the half, but stayed true to what has been their MO all season long, which is blowing halftime leads like its a special art. Minnesota started the second half on defense and allowed one of the best receivers in the league in Greg Jennings to run wide open down the right sideline and catch a 79 yard touchdown pass. From that point on the Packers outscored the Vikes 20-0 in the second half before the Vikings tried to make a late push.
Adrian Peterson continued his terrific season rushing for 175 yards on 24 carries including a touchdown. When Peterson plays as well as he did Sunday the Vikings will always have a chance in the game its just a matter of the defense getting key stops and the quarterback making a few plays late.
Minnesota will host the Oakland Raiders next Sunday who will likely have Carson Palmer making his first start with the Raiders. Look for the Vikings to play another tight game and might even get a win against a team in transition with their quarterbacks.