The Minnesota Vikings did not look great against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, dropping yet another game and showing little to be excited about. The theme of the season has begun to focus solely on rookie quarterback Christian Ponder, and his potential moving forward. Minnesota is looking to Ponder for hope in the coming seasons, to bring them back to their winning ways, as everyone knew Donovan McNabb was not going to be the answer. They'll continue to drop in the weekly rankings.
Brian Billick and Fox Sports drops them four spots in their Week 12 NFL power rankings:
26. Christian Ponder threw more interceptions than touchdown passes for the second straight game and now he loses his security blanket in Adrian Peterson. With Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago all on the schedule over the next six weeks, it won't get any better.
Last week, the Vikings were at No. 22, pretty high - generally the highest you'd have been able to find them. Ponder was giving a lot of people hope, but as Billick notes, he threw more picks than touchdowns for the second straight week and if your quarterback is turning the ball over, you're not going to win games.