Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Minneapolis. The Packers won 44-31. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)The Associated Press
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) gets up after being sacked by Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels (76) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)The Associated Press
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – 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. Frazier has tabbed Ponder over Josh Freeman in a somewhat surprising decision.
After spending three games on the sideline, Ponder returned to the starting lineup last weekend against the Green Bay Packers while Freeman sat out with a concussion. But he did little to inspire confidence that he was capable of being the long-term answer at the position. He threw for 145 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in a 44-31 loss to the Packers.
Most thought Frazier would go back to Freeman against the Cowboys. But Frazier says Ponder gives the team the best chance to win.