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Vikings Ponder What Might Have Been

The Minnesota Vikings play in a division that has been up for grabs all season long. They’ve had four losses — and a tie — by four points or less. So many factors led to the Vikings (4-9-1) being on the outside looking in as the season winds down. But one appears to stick out more than any other.

12/16/2013

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Vikings Rule Christian Ponder Out Against Ravens

The Minnesota Vikings have ruled quarterback Christian Ponder out for Sunday’s game at Baltimore. Coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that Ponder had yet to pass all of his post-concussion tests. So Ponder will not suit up against the Ravens, with Matt Cassel starting and Josh Freeman backing him up.

12/06/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 13: Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball during the game against the Carolina Panthers on October 13, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Vikings QB Christian Ponder Not Cleared To Return To Practice, Cassel To Start

The Minnesota Vikings will not have quarterback Christian Ponder for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens due to the concussion suffered in the win over the Chicago Bears. Matt Cassel will take over as the starter with Josh Freeman serving as his backup. The Vikings had five players listed as non-participants, four as limited participants and four as full participants at Thursday’s practice.

12/06/2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings throws the ball during the NFL International Series game between Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

12-5-13 Sid Hartman Sports On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Click the link to listen to Sid’s thoughts on the Wolves game being postponed and Matt Cassel at QB for the Vikings.

12/05/2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings throws the ball during the NFL International Series game between Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Vikings QB Cassel On Track To Start For Ponder

Matt Cassel stepped on the platform, grasped the podium with both hands, looked around and grinned.

12/04/2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings throws the ball during the NFL International Series game between Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Vikings Start Yet Another Week With QB Unsettled

Another week has brought another quarterback quandary for the Minnesota Vikings. Matt Cassel played well enough in relief of Christian Ponder to take over the job. Ponder left Sunday’s win over Chicago with a concussion.

12/02/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1: Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings is unable to hold on to a pass during the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears on December 1, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Win In Wild OT Against Chicago Bears

The Minnesota Vikings seemingly defeated the Chicago Bears, then had a chance to lose and finally won on a 34-yard field goal by Blair Walsh. Adrian Peterson ran for 211 yards to help the Vikings get the 23-20 victory Sunday at Mall of America Field.

12/02/2013

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Vikings QB Ponder Leaves Game With Concussion

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has been taken to the locker room under evaluation for concussion symptoms. Ponder took a hit to the head late in the second quarter Sunday against Chicago during a rushed third-down throw.

12/01/2013

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Either Way, Bears QB Is A Vikings Nightmare

The last time the Minnesota Vikings played the Chicago Bears, they were well on their way to an important division victory on the road. Until, that is, Jay Cutler, ruined their day. The Vikings led by six points with 3:15 to play at Soldier Field on Sept. 15. Then Cutler drove the Bears 66 yards, finishing the drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds to win it. Cutler will not play in the rematch Sunday at the Metrodome because of a high left ankle sprain. A reason for the Vikings to celebrate? Well, they don’t exactly have fond memories of facing backup quarterback Josh McCown, either. Back in 2003, McCown was making his third career start for the lowly Arizona Cardinals in the season finale. The 9-6 Vikings need a win over the 3-12 Cards to clinch the NFC North.

11/30/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs between Mike Daniels #76 and Mike Neal #96 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings tied the Packers 26-26 after overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings And Green Bay Packers Play To Rare Tie

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers played to a 26-26 tie at Lambeau Field Sunday. The Vikings turned an early seven-point deficit into a 16-point lead early in the fourth quarter. The Packers scored 16 straight points in the fourth quarter, including 10 in the final four minutes to force overtime. Both teams kicked a field goal on their opening drive of overtime and traded punts before time ran out.

11/25/2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 17: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings watches as time winds down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle,Wa. The Seahawks won the game 41-20. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Expects To Play Sunday In Lambeau

Adrian Peterson is dealing with a groin injury and will not miss a game, even if asked to do so. The Minnesota Vikings also can expect to have wide receiver Greg Jennings in the lineup when it travels to Green Bay to take on the Packers. Harrison Smith is on the mend and expects to begin practicing next week. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, seven as limited participants and three as full participants in Thursday’s practice.

11/22/2013

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Vikings Keep Ponder In Place At Quarterback

The quarterback carousel in Minnesota is staying put for another week. Christian Ponder will be the starter at Green Bay.

11/20/2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings passes against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Vikings 41-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Face Another Quarterback Controversy

The Minnesota Vikings hope to have a decision on their starting quarterback when practices begin on Wednesday. Josh Freeman is expected to be named the starter after Christian Ponder’s latest bad outing. The Vikings lost cornerback Josh Robinson and center John Sullivan during the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but wide receiver Greg Childs is expected to return to practice for the first time since training camp in 2012.

11/20/2013

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As The QB Carousel Turns: Vikings Wait On Starter

The quarterback merry-go-round in Minnesota is on the verge of spinning again. Christian Ponder was pulled for Matt Cassel early in the fourth quarter on Sunday at Seattle, and coach Leslie Frazier didn’t convey much hope on Monday for Ponder to keep the job this week.

11/18/2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 17: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes against defensive end Bruce Irvin #51 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Vikings 41-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

11-18-13 Mike Max On The Morning News With Dave Lee

What’s next for the Vikings?

11/18/2013

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