The Minnesota Vikings had higher expectations than the 5-10-1 record the team finished with in the 2013 season. The Vikings pass defense was abysmal in 2013 with five game-tying or game-winning scores in the final minute of the game. The team used three starting quarterbacks, including Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel for small stretches twice. The team fired head coach Leslie Frazier very early Monday morning.
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.
Matt Cassel stepped on the platform, grasped the podium with both hands, looked around and grinned.
For the Vikings, quarterback Josh Freeman was inactive for the sixth time in eight games on the roster. Cornerback Josh Robinson (sternum) was out for the second straight game, and tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) was out for the fourth straight game.
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.
The quarterback carousel in Minnesota is staying put for another week. Christian Ponder will be the starter at Green Bay.
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.
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.
Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware will miss his third straight game with a thigh injury, and Minnesota quarterback Josh Freeman is out for a second week with a concussion.
While three straight blowout losses have turned up the heat on Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and his staff, general manager Rick Spielman says the organization stands firmly behind its head coach and is optimistic things will turn around this season.
Christian Ponder will start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made the announcement on Friday.
Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he will decide later this week whether Josh Freeman or Christian Ponder will start at quarterback against Dallas on Sunday.
The Minnesota Vikings will likely be without Josh Freeman for Sunday’s contest against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field. That means third-year quarterback Christian Ponder will take the reigns of the first unit. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, four as limited participants and four as full participants for Thursday’s practice.
Christian Ponder will start at quarterback for Minnesota against Green Bay on Sunday night, while Josh Freeman will be inactive after being cleared to practice. Next week’s as-the-quarterback-carousel-turns episode has not been written yet, but the Vikings have their guy for the Packers game. Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed after practice on Friday that Ponder will start against the Vikings’ bitter rival. Freeman reported concussion-like symptoms the day after his rough performance Monday night in a loss to the New York Giants. He passed the NFL’s required tests and went through part of the workout with the Vikings on Friday, but this was too late in the week for him to catch up with the game plan and get ready to play.
Christian Ponder back at QB for the Vikings?
The Minnesota Vikings may be without Josh Freeman for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field due to concussion symptoms. If he cannot go, Christian Ponder would return to the starting lineup. The Vikings made a roster move this week by claiming cornerback Shaun Prater off waivers and released Jacob Lacey.
It seems impossible to escape a sports season without hearing a professional athlete is sidelined because of a concussion.
Just when things appeared to be settling with the Minnesota Vikings quarterback situation, they got unsettled again. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Wednesday that Josh Freeman showed up to Winter Park on Tuesday with concussion-like symptoms after the team’s 23-7 loss to the Giants Monday night.
The Minnesota Vikings are reeling from another embarrassing performance. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Tuesday that he wouldn’t change his decision to start Josh Freeman at quarterback against the New York Giants on Monday night. Freeman struggled through a 20-for-53 passing night in the 23-7 loss.
Is Josh Freeman the answer?
The Minnesota Vikings put forth another poor showing. Even the players that provided the highlights also provided lowlights. The offense never got into a rhythm. The best Vikings defense was the Giants offense at times.
When the NFL was looking for a Monday night game in the seventh week of the season, the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants seemed a natural. The Vikings were coming off a surprising 10-6 record and a playoff berth in 2012.
When the Minnesota Vikings take the field Monday night to face the New York Giants, they’ll start their third different quarterback of the season. Coach Leslie Frazier announced Wednesday that newly-acquired quarterback Josh Freeman will get the start.
The Minnesota Vikings have a very good defense on paper. However, on the field it has been a different story. The Vikings rank near the bottom in the league in most statistical defensive categories. The Vikings lost linebacker Desmond Bishop to a torn ACL during the Week 5 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Leslie Frazier would like to name his starting quarterback for Monday’s showdown with the winless New York Giants on Wednesday.