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Vikings Fall To Browns, Frazier Sticking With Ponder

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By: Aj Mansour |

Minneapolis, MN – Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any worse for the Minnesota Vikings, the Cleveland Browns roll into town and bring their third string quarterback and a running back signed off the street. What happened next was devastating.

Given what Cleveland had been through over the past six days, nobody expected the Browns to come in to Mall of America Field on Sunday and put up much of a fight, including the Browns front office. The Vikings viewed this week as a get-right game that would allow them to take some momentum over seas and into London next weekend.

“It was very disappointing,” Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said about the Vikings 31-27 loss. “I mean it’s frustrating. The fact that as a team and myself we aren’t playing as well we can. To go and play like we did last year and then to come out and have an 0-3 start it’s very disappointing and very frustrating.”

Ponder and the Vikings offense got off to a decent start in the first-half only to be out-dueled by the Browns most recent third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer. With only one start prior to Sunday afternoon, Hoyer came in and had a career day throwing 30/54 for 321 yards and three touchdowns, including a back breaker with less than a minute left to give the Browns the lead for good.

Ponder, who showed some resolve in the first half, fell apart in the second-half and the Vikings offense completely stalled. It wasn’t long before the “boo-birds” came out at MOA Field and chants of “Cass-el! Cass-el! Cass-el” were echoing through the entirety of the Metrodome. Asked if he heard the chants, Ponder said “I think it’s impossible to not hear them. We want to win just as bad as the fans and as bad as anyone else. We’re more disappointed than they are and we have to give them something to cheer about.”

Asked if he thought that he would be the starting quarterback for the Vikings next week in London, Ponder replied “no doubt.”

While Ponder remains confident, those around him may be wavering. The up and down nature of Ponder’s recent performances makes it tough to latch onto. While the fans may be vocally jumping off the bandwagon, Coach Frazier continues to support his quarterback.

“He’s still our starting quarterback,” a dejected Frazier said after the game. “We’re always trying to do whatever we can to make our team better but he’s our starting quarterback.”

While it’s easy to point the finger at the quarterback when things go awry, Sunday afternoon was a full fledged meltdown for the Vikings who allowed the hapless Browns offense to run up and down the field all day long.

The Vikings, now at 0-3, prepare to leave Monday evening for their matchup against the Steelers next Sunday from London England.

Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings updates and breaking Vikings news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjKFAN

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