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Christian Ponder replaces McNabb in blowout

Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:19 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Donovan McNabb -- who last week suffered through "We want Ponder!" chants -- dealt with a worse fate in Chicago on Sunday night, getting pummeled from every angle by Bears defenders, before being replaced by Christian Ponder in the fourth quarter of a big-time blowout.

The Bears hung 39 points through three quarters on Minnesota, while the Vikings managed just 10, with McNabb taking two huge shots on the Vikings final drive of the third quarter from Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije.

Honestly, though, McNabb wasn't that bad -- he went 19/24 for 177 yards, was sacked for a safety and suffered through a number of drops by his receivers.

And his offensive line was brutal, giving up five sacks on McNabb with the veteran quarterback under center.

Ponder looked more mobile in the pocket, and made some pretty good throws against a Bears defense that didn't seem intent on just sitting back and letting the rookie move the ball.

Leslie Frazier will have his hands full this week with questions about a quarterback controversy, but the reality is that the Vikings problem isn't with their quarterback.

It's with their offensive line.

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