Vikings vs. Packers: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Minnesota

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Vikings vs. Packers: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Minnesota
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Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings had their chances to win their third game of the season.

The Minnesota Vikings came up just a bit short against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday when they battled to a 26-26 tie.

Normally this would be quite an accomplishment, especially if Aaron Rodgers were at the helm of the Packer's offense. 

Instead, this one slipped away from the Vikings after they built a 23-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. The defense held the Packers scoreless in the second and third quarters, only to allow 16 points in the fourth to force overtime. 

Facing a do-or-die situation in overtime, after allowing the Packers to kick a field goal, the Vikings had a chance to win the game. Facing a 3rd-and-14 on the Packers' 17-yard line, Christian Ponder made a great throw to Cordarrelle Patterson in the back of the end zone. Unfortunately, the ball slipped through Patterson's hands and the Vikings had to settle for a field goal to tie the game.

Even though the Packers started the game with Scott Tolzien, their third-string quarterback, the Vikings offense was facing a Packers defense ranked 18th overall and 13th against the run.

Unfortunately, the tie keeps the Vikings, and head coach Leslie Frazier, in the running for one of the worst seasons in franchise history. In 1962, only their second year in the NFL, the Vikings finished with only two wins—the fewest in the history of the Minnesota franchise.

There were some great performances from the Vikings in a tying effort. Since it was not a loss, that means there can be some slightly higher grades.

Of course, after surrendering a 16-point lead, there will be some clunkers of grades as well.

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