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Frazier Says Ponder "Likely To Start" Against Washington

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With the Minnesota Vikings' next game only being a few days away, there's no time for quarterback drama, and Leslie Frazier apparently agrees.

Following Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Frazier said that quarterback Christian Ponder would more than likely be his starter on Thursday Night Football when the Vikings host the Washington Redskins.

Ponder had one of his trademark up-and-down performances on Sunday against Dallas, completing 25-of-37 passes for 236 yards. He had two touchdowns, one on the ground and one on a 31-yard pass to Kyle Rudolph. He also had two turnovers, including a fumble in the end zone that was recovered by Dallas defensive lineman Nick Hayden for a touchdown. Ponder led touchdown drives of 77, 79, and 87 yards in the contest.

It is unknown at this point whether Matt Cassel will remain the backup for the Vikings, of if Josh Freeman will move up to #2 on the depth chart. Freeman was inactive for the game against the Cowboys on Sunday, and many are wondering if the Vikings wasted their money on bringing him in. As the linked article from 1500 ESPN points out, Freeman and Ponder combined make less than Cassel does, so I'm not sure if signing Freeman for "big money" should play a role in whether or not to get him on the football field at this point.

But, it appears as though Ponder is going to be the guy on Thursday night. Will he solidify his grip on the job? Can the Vikings finally get a win on the North American continent? We shall see, ladies and gentlemen.