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Which QB should lead the Vikings into the Nation’s Capital?

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The Minnesota QB carousel goes 'round and 'round, who will be the one the start Thursday as they visit the Redskins? Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.
The Minnesota QB carousel goes 'round and 'round, who will be the one the start Thursday as they visit the Redskins? Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.

With the Vikings loss to Dallas this weekend, Christian Ponder drops to 0-5 on the season as a starter.  Despite the loss, Ponder had a decent game, going 25/37 for 236 yards with a touchdown and an interception.  But when a team is losing like the Vikings are, (1-7 record on the season) the one position that always is in question is the quarterback.  Along with Ponder, the Vikings have Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman at the quarterback position.  Lets take a look at each quarterback’s careers and decide who should start Thursday against the Washington Redskins.

CHRISTIAN PONDER

Drafted: (Minnesota Vikings) 2011: 1st Rnd, 12th Overall

Experience: 3 Years (Minnesota Vikings)

Record: 12-19 (31 starts)

Career Stats: 531/895 5,624 Yds 33 TDs 30 INT

Playoff Starts:

NONE

MATT CASSEL

Drafted:(New England Patriots) 2005 7th Rnd, 230th Overall

Experience: 9 Years (New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings)

Record: 30-35 (65 starts)

Career Stats: 1,251/2113 13,984 Yds 85 TDs 59 INT

Playoff Starts:

2010 (KC Chiefs)

Loss VS Baltimore Ravens

9/18 70 Yds 0 TDs 3 INT  

JOSH FREEMAN

Drafted: (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 2009 1st Rnd, 17th Overall

Experience: 5 Years (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings)

Record: 24-36 (60 Starts)

Career Stats: 1,164/2,020 13,724 Yds 80 TDs 67 INTs

Playoff Starts:

NONE

Decision:

The starter for Thursday’s game against the Redskins should be CHRISTIAN PONDER.  Three years ago, the Minnesota Vikings took Ponder 12th overall, which says to me that this was their guy and the future of Minnesota franchise.  I think that Ponder should be the starter for the rest of the year because whether you like it or not Viking fans, it doesn’t look like your team will make the playoffs this year and Ponder, with where he was drafted, deserves a chance to try and pull this team out of the 1-7 hole.  If he can’t and the Vikings finish with a low win total, maybe Johnny Manzeil, Teddy Bridgewater, or a number of possible draftees could be the new field general for the Vikings.