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Vikings pull up from Luck position without Ponder, Peterson

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When the Vikings lost quarterback Christian Ponder to a concussion and tailback Adrian Peterson to a knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game at FedEx Field, it appeared that the Vikings would match their high-water mark for losses from 1984 — and also get themselves closer to the front of the line for the best quarterback prospect since 1983.

Instead, the Vikings didn’t miss a beat, gradually pulling 10 points ahead of the Redskins in the fourth quarter before holding on for a 33-26 win.

Tailback Toby Gerhart contributed 109 yards on 11 carries, and Joe Webb generated three touchdowns — one on the ground and two touchdown passes despite throwing only five times.

The win overshadowed a solid performance from Redskins running back Evan Royster, who generated 147 yards (132 on the ground) in his first career start.

The silver lining for the Redskins?  With the loss, they’ve fallen to 5-10, which will make it easier for them to trade up to the top spot, if they choose to make a play for Andrew Luck.

 

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7 Responses to “Vikings pull up from Luck position without Ponder, Peterson”
  1. Soulman45 says: Dec 24, 2011 8:49 PM

    Frist to say
    I though they should have given Joe Webb at QB not those has been.

  2. tobiasjodter says: Dec 24, 2011 9:18 PM

    What I want to know is why there is no discussion about how London Fletcher got away with a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit on Ponder in this game? Why was no flag thrown? Why are the talking heads in the media not making a big deal about the hit.

    It was clear helmet-to-helmet blow to the head that gave a QB a concussion. Which was worse – that hit or Harrison’s on McCoy?

    Just another case of selective application of the rules by the officials and selective media coverage.

    After all, Fletcher drew an unnecessary roughness “blow to the head” penalty with his hit to Tom Brady only 2 weeks ago?

    “Repeat Offender: anyone?

  3. imissnumber21 says: Dec 24, 2011 10:08 PM

    You’re in idiot.did u even watch the skins game?it was a terrible call on Fletcher and me and everybody watching knew it.

  4. dlr4skins says: Dec 25, 2011 1:48 AM

    tobiasjodter says:Dec 24, 2011 9:18 PM

    What I want to know is why there is no discussion about how London Fletcher got away with a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit on Ponder in this game? Why was no flag thrown? Why are the talking heads in the media not making a big deal about the hit.

    It was clear helmet-to-helmet blow to the head that gave a QB a concussion. Which was worse – that hit or Harrison’s on McCoy?

    Just another case of selective application of the rules by the officials and selective media coverage.

    After all, Fletcher drew an unnecessary roughness “blow to the head” penalty with his hit to Tom Brady only 2 weeks ago?

    “Repeat Offender: anyone?
    ———————————————————-

    You’re a little whiner and bitching every week on every page. Shut off the league and put your Wii back on as the rest of us are tired of your constant complaining on the same issue with no valid argument.

    Though I sure hope Santa was good to you and Harrison and not to all those other “repeat offenders” you dream of.

  5. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 25, 2011 8:35 AM

    When is the NFL going to start to crack down on this? When are they going to put a stop to guys who lead with their head? When are they going to actually “punish” these guys.

    The first hit on ponder was bad. Ponder was giving himself up, a leg first slide. Granted he was trying to stretch it a little, and could have went down a bit sooner, but why is the defender leading with the head? They have to understand that there’s a chance they could hit helmet to helmet!

    This is getting rediculous! The NFL needs to mandate an automatic 1 year suspension for helmet to helmet hits. Get these players to quit leading with their helmets.

    This isn’t a “whine” type rant. So i don’t want to hear you people say i’m “whineing”… This is a preventing rant! I don’t want to see guys who have the chance to be one of the greatest players ever at their position go down. Simple as that! I’m a Vikings fan. But gosh, i don’t want to see someone like Aaron Rodgers go down because someone led with their helmet. He has already had concussion issues in the past. What about Brady? No! It’s just stupid. These guys who lead with their helmet, know it’s possible to hit helmet to helmet! Didn’t they pay attention in pee-wee football on how to tackle?

    This isn’t the NFL of 10 years ago. These guys are athletic specimin’s.. They are freaks of nature. Bigger, stronger, faster. Sure, you look back in the 70′s and there were hard hits, it was hard nosed football. But back then guys didn’t take care of and maintain their bodies like they do now. Back then, they played football, and also had a part time job if they weren’t a skill position player, because they weren’t making big money. Now in the offseason, they work to get stronger, faster, bigger. This is where the NFL needs to step up. They need to enforce some serious punishments for helmet to helmet hits, and leading with your helmet. That’s not football! That’s trying to get on to espn’s sunday highlights is all it is. One thing you guys always seem to forget, and the NFL isn’t helping this at all by their lax enforcement of this is, pee wee, and high school players watch these games, and try to model their games after the pro games. Now do you want high school players growing up pulling off leading with their helmets, and getting unsportsmanlike penalties? They are learning the wrong way to play football! By watching a league that promotes this because they enforce nothing! Leading with a helmet, 8 game suspension. Helmet to helmet hit, 16 game suspension. And your salary for those 16 games is donated to some charity. Cancer research, childrens hospitals things like that. It’s time to crack down on this hard so it stops, and guys who have the chance to be the best of all time don’t miss out because of some cheap shot.

  6. tobiasjodter says: Dec 25, 2011 11:11 AM

    ALL I am asking for fairness. Funny how when the Steelers get singled out for special treatment EVERYONE loves it. When I watch other teams games and then go and point out how the same thing is happening virtually every game I watch with no flags or fines EVERYONE gets upset.

    I agree 100% that these fines and penalties are total BS. But until there is fair and consistent application I will be continue to be pain. And the sad thing is I see examples of uncalled helmet-to-helmet hits in every single game I watch. But the game announcers don’t make a big deal about it so no else in the media does either.

    Bottom line – Fletcher led with his helmet and caused a concussion on a QB. No penalty. No media coverage. I reserve the right to whine about that because if it had been Steeler that would be a lead story all week.

  7. dansnyder says: Dec 25, 2011 2:37 PM

    If Ponder just goes down then this doesn’t happen. Instead he puts the ball down and tries to run away. At that moment he becomes a runner which the helmet to helmet rule doesnt apply to. He wasn’t sitting in the pocket minding his own business and fletcher came along and hit him in the head, he was scrambling away from a sack and moving forward at the point fletcher came in and hit him.

    Helmets are at the highest point of our body which means the natural thing to do is to lead with it, we can’t avoid leading with the helmet. What we can do is move our head to the side to hit with the shoulder at the last moment but it’s far from a perfect science and there will always be these issues in football.

    Lastly, knocking AP and Ponder out cost the redskins this game, ponder was doing nothing against our defense and AP was average at best. I hate to make injuries seem like a positive but Toby and Joe both came in and looked impressive. These unfortunate events can hopefully at least be seen as a chance for some other guys to really show their worth.

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