Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Christian Ponder vs. Aaron Rodgers
Saturday night, Christian Ponder and the Vikings will travel to legendary Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. With quarterback play being such a vital part of the postseason, the Packers will be considered the favorite despite losing last week to the Vikings 37-34.
Wilson not only got his opportunity, he ran away with it, literally. Wilson has been a dynamic duel threat quarterback since week 1. On the season, Wilson threw for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also ran 94 times for 489 yards and 4 touchdowns. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry.
Nevertheless, besides his dynamic talent, Wilson’s decision making has been the reason for his success. In Seattle’s 11 wins, Wilson threw for 21 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. It is safe to say, Wilson has silenced his doubters and opened a door for smaller quarterbacks.
On the other hand, the Redskins are led by the already legendary Robert Grifffin III. His pre-draft story was the exact opposite of Wilson’s. Griffin III was the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and 2nd pick of the draft. Griffin III was a physical specimen that scouts drooled over and the Redskins traded up to acquire.
RGIII has not only lived up to his hype, he has exceeded it. Griffin III has already established his status as a Redskins legend by leading the them to an NFC East title for the first time since 1999.
Like Wilson, Griffin III had an extremely efficient year as a passer. However, unlike Wilson, whose offense was more focused on running back Marshawn Lynch, the Redskins offense was built to operate through Griffin III because of his dynamic abilities as a passer and rusher. He threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns. In addition, he had 120 carries for 815 yards and 7 touchdowns. Griffin III averaged 6.8 yards per carry and kept the Redskins offense playing ahead of the chains.
It will be interesting to see how effective Griffin III is against Seattle’s stout defense. The Seahawks are 6th best against the pass, and 10th best against the rush. This game will come down to which quarterback makes the smartest plays for his team. One rookie mistake could cost their team a chance to advance.