Vikings Ponder Their Future

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Christian Ponder has pushed Josh Freeman from the starting role. Image courtesy of Garvin/Pioneer Press
There isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel if you’re part of the Minnesota Vikings . The one glimmer of hope the 1-7 Vikes have heading in to their Week 10 clash with Washington is that the Redskins’ defence is, undoubtedly, one of the worst in the NFL. They’re 22nd in the league in rushing defence allowing 116 yards per game, which is a dangerous stat when you’re heading to the Metrodome to try to stop Adrian Peterson.

As bad as Washington’s run defence is, they defend the pass even more poorly. The Vikings seem to have finally settled on Christian Ponder as starter after experimenting with Matt Cassel and former Bucs QB Josh Freeman under centre. So far this season the trio of Vikings quarterbacks has thrown nine interceptions and just six touchdowns, which speaks volumes about why they have just a solitary win to their credit so far. They probably should have won in Week 9 but the Cowboys went 90 yards in the final three minutes to steal a 27-23 win in Dallas.

Washington really flew home at the back end of last season, and the ‘Skins will need to do the same this year to make the postseason. They were unbeaten from Week 11 onwards in the regular season as Robert Griffin III started dominating in his rookie season. He couldn’t find the end zone last week, but running back Darrell Young grabbed three rushing TDs, including the game-winner in overtime, to get past San Diego 30-24 .

Washington won the home clash between these teams 38-26 last year but the Vikings won the two previous match-ups. The teams have only played twice at the Metrodome in the past 20 years.

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