You might say the Minnesota Vikings are pondering a quarterbacking dilemma.
Their veteran starter, Matt Cassel, is gone for the season with a broken left foot. First-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater took over in his first pro start last Sunday and performed extremely well in a 41-28 win over Atlanta. But Bridgewater sprained his left ankle and had to leave late in that game.
That could leave Christian Ponder, the former starter and a 2011 first-rounder, as the starter Thursday night when the Vikings visit Green Bay.
None of this bodes well for the Vikings (2-2), a 9 1/2-point underdog to the Packers (2-2).
''If he can play, we'll play him,'' coach Mike Zimmer said of Bridgewater.
''I want to do what's best for the team. I'm sure the training staff and the coaching staff is going to do what's best for the team also,'' Bridgewater said.
The Packers have no such issues, especially after Rodgers picked apart the Bears for 302 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-17 rout.
''We have to do a great job of keeping an eye on our luggage - that means your man - and play football,'' cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said of the prospect of facing Rodgers and one of the NFL's top receivers, Jordy Nelson.
The Vikings might need eyes in the back of their heads to contain Rodgers and the Packers.
No. 26 New York Jets (plus 6 1/2) at No. 5 San Diego
Anyone who can figure out this line, please clue us in.
BEST BET: CHARGERS, 27-13
No. 25 Cleveland (plus 2) at No. 30 Tennessee
UPSET SPECIAL: BROWNS, 20-19
No. 4 Arizona (plus 7) at No. 3 Denver
A chance for unbeaten Cardinals to make a huge statement. Sorry ...
No. 2 Cincinnati (pick-em) at No. 13 New England
A chance for unbeaten Bengals to make a huge statement. Down goes the other spotless team.
No. 14 Kansas City (plus 6 1/2) at No. 9 San Francisco
No. 16 Chicago (plus 2 1/2) at No. 17 (tie) Carolina
Two teams coming off weak performances. Something seems very wrong with Panthers' defense.
No. 17 Pittsburgh (minus 6 1/2) at No. 32 Jacksonville
Two more teams coming off weak performances; this could be spot for first Jaguars win. We're not that brave.
No. 15 Houston (plus 4) at No. 12 Dallas
For the Lone Star state championship.
No. 1 Seattle (minus 7) at No. 28 Washington, Monday night
For the Washington (state vs. city) championship. Fresher Super Bowl champs romp.
No. 6 Baltimore (plus 3 1/2) at No. 10 Indianapolis
Maybe the weekend's best matchup. First of four road games in five weeks for Ravens.
No. 20 Atlanta (plus 4) at No. 19 New York Giants
Giants have turned it around, Falcons O-line is an injury-ravaged mess.
No. 29 St. Louis (plus 7) at No. 8 Philadelphia
No. 27 Tampa Bay (plus 10 1/2) at No. 21 New Orleans
No. 24 Buffalo (plus 7) at No. 7 Detroit
Would like to have seen EJ Manuel getting more of a chance.
2014 RECORD: Against spread: This week (9-3); Season (27-29-3). Straight up: This week (9-3); Season (37-23)
Best Bet: 2-2 against spread, 3-1 straight up.
Upset special: 4-0 against spread, 3-1 straight up.
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