The Minnesota Vikings came out of their loss to the Detroit Lions second in the NFL in turnovers, with their four behind only the New York Giants’ six vs. the Dallas Cowboys.
But where just half of New York’s lost football’s traced to the quarterback, all of Minnesota’s lay at the feet of quarterback Christian Ponder – three interceptions and a fumble. Two turnovers led to 14 Detroit points in a game that the Vikings lost by 10.
The Ponder performance loosed a firestorm among fans in the Twin Cities calling for Ponder to be benched in favor of Matt Cassel, signed last offseason after a failed tenure with Kansas City.
But coach Leslie Frazier offered what could be classed as good news for the Bears. He will stay with Ponder, who in four games with the Bears has never posted a passer rating above the 70.5 he managed in his first NFL start in 2011. After that have come outings of 8.3, 58.2 and 53.8 vs. the Bears.
But “his job’s not in jeopardy,” Frazier said on Wednesday. “He has to play better. We all have to play better. We have to coach better. We have to do a lot of things better than we did last week. And the beauty of where we are at this stage of the season, you get a chance to get back on the horse again, go back to work and try to improve. And that’s what our aim is this week, to be better than we were last week.”