Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday afternoon as the team travels to take on the Green Bay Packers, head coach Leslie Frazier announced on Wednesday morning.
You try to make a decision based on who you think gives you the best chance to succeed," Frazier said. "We think that’s Christian at this point. He’s had some success against Green Bay’s defense. He’s familiar with their team and their personnel."
Ponder started the game last weekend against Seattle but was benched late in the second half in favor of Matt Cassel, finishing 13-of-22 for 129 yards with a touchdown, two interceptions, and a lost fumble.
The embattled quarterback boasts just a (1-6) record in his seven starts this season, but he has started the past four games for the team after it experimented with Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman at the controls of the offense.
Frazier also said on Wednesday that he expects Matt Cassel to once again be the primary backup to Ponder, but added that Josh Freeman may dress as the third quarterback depending on how other positional battles play out.
Sunday's game against Green Bay is set for a 12:00 p.m. start at Lambeau Field, with the Vikings coming in at (2-8) and the Packers at (5-5).