Skip to main content

Monday Morning QB: Vikings-Packers opinions (Ponder edition)

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Photo courtesy: (

It's Monday Morning QB, our roundup of what the football experts are saying about that ghastly game at Lambeau Field in which the Vikings kicked away to the Packers, 23-14. In large part, this one is being blamed on Christian Ponder, who struggled mightily much of the afternoon.

For Eric Nelson of, the loss was an "opportunity squandered" as too many points were left on the tundra.

Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune says the Vikings might have won the game had Leslie Frazier benched Ponder in the third quarter. In his words: "...benching Ponder, even for a half, would have improved the Vikings' chances of winning the game and perhaps making the playoffs.

Pioneer Press writerTom Powers was also on the blame-Ponder train, writing: " one needed him to be a hero. All he had to do was manage the game."

Ben Goessling's PiPress column focused on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback Vikings fans hope Ponder will be some day. As he put it: (Rodgers) helped the Packers to a victory by making the plays Ponder couldn't.

Ted Glover of the says he can no longer defend Ponder's play, saying over the last month he is regressing in way not seen since Charlie in Flowers For Algernon.

The out of town opinion? For that, we go to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Bob McGinn. He focuses on Green Bay's secondary and Ponder's inability to connect with any of his wide receivers until the fourth quarter: "Suffice it to say that cornerbacks Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward and Davon House throttled Jerome Simpson (seven targeted passes), Michael Jenkins (three), Devin Aromashodu (one), Stephen Burton (one) and Wright (one).

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-23 at 9.58.36 PM

Eric Perkins, Miss Minnesota, Paul Fletcher create new podcast

The podcast is released Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and is available wherever you find podcasts.

Mock aircraft cabin.

MSP Airport debuts mock aircraft to help ease flying anxiety

The pre-flight experiences cover the TSA screening procedure, exploring a terminal, boarding a plane and meeting a pilot, and preparing for takeoff.

Scripps National Spelling Bee

These Minnesota kids will be competing at National Spelling Bee

The upcoming event in Maryland will be the first fully in-person Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2019.

covid, kids

New data shows how omicron has impacted kids in Minnesota

The new data shows breakthrough data during the omicron period, which began Dec. 19, 2021.

Javen Juan Moreno

Albert Lea shooting suspect arrested after 3 weeks on the run

He is accused of shooting a man in the upper thigh on May 1.


Motorcyclist, 59, killed after losing control on right curve

The Harley Davidson rider was thrown from his bike.

state capitol Minnesota

Minnesota's 2022 legislative session: What's happening?

A list of items agreed upon and yet to reach any bipartisan agreement in the latest legislative session.

water drain

Water main break floods 40-45 homes in St. Louis Park

The city says the rupture happened on Minnetonka Boulevard.

Eli Hart

Charges: 6-year-old Eli Hart shot up to 9 times by his mother

The 28-year-old is facing 2nd-degree murder charges.

dave lee wcco radio

Former WCCO Radio host Dave Lee moves into podcasts

His new podcast, called 'My First Concert,' launched last week.

Tow Boat

Tow boat collides with Mississippi River lock and dam in Alma, WI

The crash remains under investigation by the United States Coast Guard.

unsplash school bus

Police: Man in minivan approached kids, claimed he was former principal

Investigators say children were approached by a man in a white minivan who falsely claimed he'd been a local school principal.