The 2011 season for the Minnesota Vikings and rookie quarterback Christian Ponder has been filled with growing pains and lessons learned.
It’s also been filled with growth and promise of much better things to come.
Not all rookie QBs rush out of the gate and lead their teams to the playoffs like Ben Roethlisberger or Mark Sanchez have done. Most who get thrown in find that they have much to learn and that the road is long.
Luckily for the Vikings, they have critical pieces already in place on both sides of the ball. What they need now is to fill the gaping holes and they will be primed for the playoffs in 2012.
Here are my five reasons why Ponder and the Vikes make the playoffs next season.