This could be by far one of the worst loses I’ve seen by the Minnesota Vikings. I do however still think the 41-0 lose to the Giants even more disappointing.
But back to the this loss to the Cleveland Browns. The most talked about person on this team is definitely Christian Ponder and his stats for the game were 25 for 42, 228 yards with an INT. Ponder did also rush 5 times for 46 yards and 2 TD. But let’s compare it to third string quarterback Brian Hoyer. Hoyer was 30 for 54 with 321 yards and 3 TDs. Hoyer had one start in his career and sure knew how to the throw the ball to Josh Gordon who caught 10 balls for 146 yards with 1 TD. Ponder’s performance wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t good either. As a third year player, Ponder needs to be looking better. But again I ask, is Cassel better? I still say no. Ponder is not the future for this franchise but for this year he is the best option.
If there was a poll taken before the game and Vikings fans were asked, “If the Vikings score 27 points on Sunday will they win?” I bet a strong majority say yes. All week the talk was of the trade of Trent Richardson star running back and the Browns starting Brian Hoyer. How does the Minnesota defense allow that offense to score 31 points? To say this Vikings defense couldn’t stop the Browns offense is pretty sad and makes me more worried about the rest of our schedule and who this defense can prevent from scoring. I am not sure I have an answer for that question.
Where do we go from here? Well I heard on KFAN 100.3 this morning an 0-3 team has gone to the playoffs 3% of the time. Is it already time to start about the NFL Draft? Not yet, but I would like to see this organization make a big in season trade. I see only a trade at this point in the season being beneficial. Once again only time will tell.