Vikings to discuss QB change

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The Christian Ponder era has begun for the Minnesota Vikings.

The only question is whether it will continue with a start next weekend.

"We're going sit down on Monday and just talk about a lot of things and just decide on what direction we want to go," coach Leslie Frazier said.

Ponder made his NFL debut with 14 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, who led 39-10 and sacked starter Donovan McNabb five times.

"I don't see it ending like this, as you say," McNabb said. "But it's tough. You're one-and-five at this particular point. I felt like we did a lot of great things (Sunday). But I guess we'll sit down to talk, but I still expect to be in there next week."

Ponder was 9-of-17 passing for 99 yards (52.9%) and a 70.5 rating over two drives, both ending with fourth-down passes caught short of the first-down marker. But the rookie first-round picks's skills were on display as he repeatedly escaped pressure and made several rhythm throws into tight windows.

Fantasy Impact: 

Whether or not the Vikings 1-5 record has to do with McNabb or not, the veteran QB's days seem to be numbered as a starter for Minnesota. With many rookie QBs already seeing time, like Andy Dalton and Blaine Gabbert, playing Ponder seems like the way to go at this point for the Vikes.

McNabb wasn't a great fantasy QB anyway, and while Ponder may have some potential, he's probably not worth putting in your lineup just yet. As always, keep an eye on him and his progress if he's named the starter.

Filed Under: 2011, W6

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