The Minnesota Vikings looked like a different team offensively last week with Christian Ponder at the helm. Donovan McNabb looked on as the Vikings rallied around the rookie quarterback and nearly pulled off an upset against the divisional rival Green Bay Packers.
Ponder effectively navigated the offense to a 17-13 half-time lead against Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Packers. The Vikings’ offensive line carved up Green Bay’s defense propelling Adrian Peterson for a huge day on the ground.
Can the Vikings capitalize on the strong effort last week and translate it into a victory against the 2-5 Carolina Panthers?
It all depends on Ponder and his ability to manage the game. The Vikings are going to run and run they will on the Carolina defense.
The real X-factor, though, is Ponder.
Ponder will lead the Vikings to victory over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.