TALE OF THE TAPE

Vikings

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    Tale Of The Tape: Minnesota Vikings At Baltimore Ravens

    The Vikings are not going to ask a lot from quarterback Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder (concussion).

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    Tale Of The Tape: Chicago Bears At Minnesota Vikings

    The Bears are functional on offense even with Jay Cutler sidelined due to ankle and groin programs.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Minnesota Vikings At Green Bay Packers

    Christian Ponder had shown some signs of improvement, but he was benched in the final quarter of the Week 11 loss to the Seahawks.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Minnesota Vikings At Seattle Seahawks

    Christian Ponder looked like a new man as he completed 17-of-21 passes in the Week 10 victory over the Washington Redskins.

  5. LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings beats linebacker Vince Williams #98 of the Pittsburgh Steelers to score a touchdown during the NFL International Series game between Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England. EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the New York Jets during their pre season game at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
    Tale Of The Tape: Minnesota Vikings At New York Giants

    It looks quite likely that the Vikings will give the start to Josh Freeman.

  6. BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 22: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers throws a second quarter pass against the Baltimore Ravens during a preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 22, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 25: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to pass in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on August 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
    Tale Of The Tape: Carolina Panthers At Minnesota Vikings

    The Week Five loss to the Arizona Cardinals was a vital game for Cam Newton. He had performed well in his previous game vs. the Giants and the Panthers were coming off a bye week.

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