More Likely To Happen First: Vikes Make Playoffs or Ponder Throws For 4,000 Yards
The NFL ain't like it used to be. Remember when throwing for 4,000 yards meant something? It wasn't
long ago that such a feat would unquestionably earn you a trip to Hawaii. Last year, however, quarterbacks
across the league put on season-long clinics with three throwing for 5,000 yards and ten finishing north of
4,000 yards- including a rookie by the name of Cam Newton.
It's a passing league now, rule changes favor the offense, blah blah blah, you already know.
The Vikings have a quarterback of their own and we're all excited to see what will become of Christian
Ponder. Minnesota is, well, bad. We stink. But that doesn't mean we're stuck this way and I think a visit
to the playoffs may be coming sooner than some would anticipate. As it stands, we play in an
ultra-competitive division with each team holding their long-term solution at quarterback. To reach the
post-season we'll not only have to improve ourselves, but it'll also require that these teams regress- at
least for a season- and I don't expect it to be this year or the next.
So the question today is this: what first? Vikings make a playoff appearance or Ponder reaches the
4,000 yard mark? In my opinion, I think both can happen in the foreseeable future- it's likely both could
occur in the same season- but neither is guaranteed.
The question is posed with the assumption that Ponder will be our franchise quarterback in years to
come. If you disagree with that, leave it in the comments. Let me know your thoughts.