Minnesota Vikings’ Shortcomings Prove Quarterbacks Are the Way to Win in the NFL

January 6, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Maybe we all took Christian Ponder for granted in 2012. 
Joe Webb proved an invaluable lesson on Saturday night: The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and it doesn't matter if you have the best running back in the world; without one, you won't win in the playoffs. 
Webb started the game because Ponder couldn't overcome an elbow injury he suffered in Week 17, and the Minnesota Vikings offense was a hopeless mess without Ponder. 
That's right.
As much as many (myself included) have ripped Ponder for his flaws, his value to the Vikings was made apparent in the worst way against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Saturday night.
Webb was simply atrocious. 
He finished the game having completed just 11 of 30 passes for 180 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
And as bad as those numbers look on paper, his performance was far worse. If not for a garbage-time 50-yard touchdown to Michael Jenkins late in the fourth quart...

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