MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 1: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings passes against the Houston Texans in the first half on September 1, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Texans at Vikings: Vikings Toss A Shutout, 28-0

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Vikings Beat Texans 28-0

Although the goal of the last pre-season game is to try and round out the 53 man roster, it’s nice when you can get a 28-0 victory out of it as well.

That’s exactly what happened Thursday night at the Mall of America Field, as Minnesota used a strong performance from both quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Joe Webb to throttle Houston.

Ponder played the first half and the first series of the third quarter, and lead the Vikings on two touchdown drives. The first one culminated in a 5 yard TD pass to fellow rookie and second round draft pick Kyle Rudolph, culminating an 8 play, 86 yard drive. On the night, Ponder was 10-16 for 83 yards and the touchdown, while also rushing for 61 yards.

Joe Webb, who is in a pitched battle with Ponder for the #2 QB job, was equally as good, going 5-6 with 43 yards, also leading two TD drives.

With the end of the pre-season, the Vikings have until Saturday to get down to the league mandated 53 man roster, so expect cuts to start as early as tomorrow. Some of the more prominent names who might be surprise cuts could be offensive linemen Chris DeGeare and Ryan Cook. DeGeare became vulnerable when Anthony Herrera returned to the starting lineup, and Cook would seem vulnerable due to the play and versatility of rookie DeMarcus Love.

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Vikings Take 7-0 Lead To The Locker Room

The Minnesota Vikings, playing mostly second and third team players, have taken a 7-0 lead on Houston thanks to a 5 yard pass from Christian Ponder to Kyle Rudolph.

Ponder, who played the entire first half, had an up and down two quarters. He was a little high and wide on some of his throws, but he also made some nice plays out of the pocket, hitting Jaymar Johnson and Greg Camarillo on some nice roll out passes. Assuming Joe Webb plays the second half, Ponder finished the night 8-14 passing, for 69 yards and a touchdown. He’s also the Vikings leading rusher, getting 57 yards on 6 carries, all scrambles.

The scoring drive for the Vikings was an 8 play, 86 yard drive that was highlighted by a 33 yard run by rookie running back Alexander Robinson.

Jaymar Johnson, Greg Camarillo, and Kyle Rudolph each have two receptions to tie for the lead, and Johnson has the most yardage, with 28.
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Texans and Vikings Scoreless After One Quarter

The Minnesota Vikings have almost all of their starters not playing, and Christian Ponder has had an uneven beginning as the Vikings and Texans have had a scoreless first quarter.

Ponder, who has missed a couple of open receivers, has looked good scrambling, and made a nice rollout throw and catch to Greg Camarillo, who is fighting for one of the final WR slots.

On defense, S Tyrell Johnson, who has been battling for the starting safety job with Husain Abdullah, dropped a sure interception as the first quarter was coming to an end, and I’m sure that didn’t fo anything to help him secure the starting job.

One player who has been ridiculous is punter Chris Kluwe, who had two punts in the first half. The first one he boomed and pinned Houston on their one yard line, and the second one he put inside the five, at the Houston three.

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