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

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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 GamedayGold.com, 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: "...no 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 DailyNorseman.com 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).

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