First thing that popped into my mind when I heard that Christian Ponder was pulling a Jay Cutler and the Vikings were starting Joe Webb on Saturday was Leslie Frazier in the back of a car with Mike McCarthy and pulling this Charlie line. 'Joe Webb is starting?' 'Wild Card B*tches!'
Actually scratch that the first thing I did when I heard this was immediately loaded Sportsbook and laid the wood on GB. I mean Joe Webb's running did scare me a bit. Kind of had flashbacks of KGB looking like a new born calf trying to chase down Michael Vick in '04 while we were watching that first drive of the night. But the bottom line is Joe Webb cannot throw. And I actually sort of felt bad for him by the 4th quarter. Kind of just got thrust into a no win situation. Because I don't care how bad or injured our defense is, there's just no way a second string QB was going to figure out a Dom Capers defense, on the road in the playoffs. That'd be like sending a 16 year old to the Playboy mansion for a party. Just over matched from the word go. In fact a Viking fan buddy of mine was lamenting the fact that they cut Sage Rosenfels and were stuck with Webb. Let me say that again; a Viking fan was UPSET that they didn't have SAGE ROSENFELS. Not a good look Joe Webb. Not a good look at all.
So the game ends up being sort of a bye after all. Defense looked more than good 'holding' AP to 99 yards. I'm not sure that's on the level of the -1 yard effort the '94 team had against Barry Sanders but the way Peterson has shredded us this season, under 100 is as close to 'contain' as we'll get. It'd be like Lindsay Lohan's lawyer finding out she got a jaywalking ticket. Never fun, but given the circumstances you'll take it 100 times out of 100. Now on to Frisco for redemption agains the Niners from week one. Something tells me Aaron Rodgers has a straw that goes allllllllllll the way to San Francisco. Protect your milkshakes Niner fans.