Nov 082012
 

Last week: 12 (-7)

Record: 5-4

In his last 4 games, Christian Ponder completed 73 of 126 (57.9%) for 724 yards (5.7 YPA), 4 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions, all less than stellar team performances (0-3-1 ATS, 1-3 SU). The only reason it was even close against Seattle was because Adrian Peterson went nuts, but as talented as he is, he can’t do it by himself. Even worse, their only other offensive playmaker Percy Harvin is likely to miss at least one game with an injury, if not more. They sit at 5-4 still, but they have a brutal schedule the rest of the way, including 5 divisional games against Green Bay, Detroit, and Chicago. Their other two games are in St. Louis and in Houston. That promising start 4-1 with wins over San Francisco and Detroit seems like a thing of the past.

Minnesota Vikings

Studs

RB Adrian Peterson: Rushed for 182 yards (126 after contact) and 2 touchdowns on 17 attempts, 8 broken tackles, allowed 1 sack on 6 pass block snaps, caught 3 passes for 11 yards on 3 attempts

LT Matt Kalil: Didn’t allow a pressure on 32 pass block snaps, run blocked for 43 yards on 2 attempts

K Blair Walsh: 5 punts, 4 kickoffs, 71.8 yards per kickoff, 19.0 opponent’s average starting distance, 2/2 FG (36, 55)

Duds

QB Christian Ponder: 11 of 22 for 63 yards and an interception, 1 throw away, 1 hit as thrown, 1 drop, 51.8 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 8 of 31 drop backs (2 scrambles, 4 sacks, 1 of 2, 1 hit as thrown), rushed for 23 yards on 5 attempts

WR Percy Harvin: Caught 2 passes for 10 yards on 6 attempts on 20 pass snaps, 6.5 YAC per catch, 1 interception when thrown to, rushed for 24 yards on 4 attempts, 1 fumble, 1 kickoff return for 39 yards

TE Kyle Rudolph: Didn’t catch a pass on 1 attempt on 26 pass snaps, 1 drop

MLB Jasper Brinkley: Allowed 6 catches for 55 yards and a touchdown on 6 attempts, 9 solo tackles, 3 assists, 2 stops, 1 missed tackle

DT Letroy Guion: 1 quarterback hurry on 17 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 1 solo tackles, 2 assists

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