Sid Hartman has been a major voice on the Minnesota sports scene for several decades. He writes a column four days a week, and has a weekly radio program on WCCO830 at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. He also can be heard at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. on weekdays.

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Hartman Blog: Should Ponder start next week?

Posted by: Sid Hartman Updated: December 22, 2013 - 6:08 PM

No doubt Matt Cassel deserved all the praise he got last week after he had a great day against the Philadelphia Eagles, winding up with a 116.6 rating in a 48-30 victory.

Well, not to be critical of Cassel, but all the Vikings quarterbacks seem to be having trouble with consistency this year.  The same Cassel who was a big star in the Philadelphia victory completed only 13 of 27 for 113 yards and was intercepted three times for a 32.6 rating, the lowest of any Vikings quarterback this year, Sunday’s 42-14 loss at Cincinnati.

Now coach Leslie Frazier might have second thoughts about putting Cassel in there again next week against the Lions.  He might take a look at Christian Ponder to improve the perception of Ponder before next season.

What a difference a season makes. Last year this time the Vikings were 9-6 and looking forward to a game against the Packers that would put them in the playoffs. They ended the season with a four-game win streak and that playoff spot, and it was a Merry Christmas for Vikings fans.

This year, the fans got a lump of coal.

The Vikings lost that playoff game at Green Bay to end last season, but there was certainly something to look forward to.  That is not the case this year.

Vikings on verge of playoffs

Posted by: Sid Hartman Updated: December 23, 2012 - 6:42 PM

It is amazing how people have blown hot and cold on Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.

Tom Brady will tell you that he is as good as his offensive line, and the Vikings offensive line has finally come around to a point where they are giving Ponder a chance to succeed.

Brandon Fusco, a second year right guard who was drafted after being a center at Slippery Rock, did a great job on Houston’s J.J. Watt, who is probably the most valuable defensive player in the league, on Sunday. Fusco did get a lot of help, but he has really developed this season.

In my opinion, John Sullivan is the best center in the NFC this year, and he should make the Pro Bowl.

Where would the Vikings be without rookie kicker Blair Walsh? He is another guy who should make the Pro Bowl. He might be the most valuable player on the team. He has an NFL-record nine field goals from 50 or more yards, and he tied a team record with his 56-yarder against the Texans.

The Vikings can make the playoffs with a victory against the Packers on Sunday, quite an achievement for a team that wasn’t supposed to win many games this year.
 

      

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