Week 3 of the 2013 NFL season was not kind one bit on Sunday to neither of the most recent Florida State quarterbacks, Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel.
In a matchup against arguably the most scrutinized team in the NFL this past week, Christian Ponder and his Minnesota Vikings teammates just couldn’t find a way past the Cleveland Browns. Ponder was not stellar neither, as the former FSU starter was just 25-of-42 for 228 yards with no touchdowns and a pick. The Vikings and Ponder now fall to 0-3 on the year, and Christian’s numbers so far have been less than favorable. The former first-round pick has just two touchdowns and five interceptions three games in.
Although, and this has nothing to do with bias, I would like to see the Vikings maybe address that undeniably stagnant offensive line before we start to completely reject the notion of Christian being a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL.
Now Manuel, on the other hand, it’s too early to judge anything really. He played admirably against the Patriots in Week 1 , and then followed that up with some heroics last week, leading the first game-winning drive of his young career. But that fact remains that he’s still going to take his growing pain lumps, and today he did–literally.
EJ and the Buffalo Bills dropped their second of the season today against the team with the QB that many thought would be drafted in the high position that Manuel was, Geno Smith and the New York Jets by a final score of 27-20.
Of the three games that Manuel has played as the Bills’ starting QB, this was definitely the roughest. EJ was 19-of-42 for 243 yards and a score. But, what prevented EJ from getting a lot of work done today was the eye-opening fact that the rookie was sacked an inexcusable eight times in this game. The front three of the Jets was in his face all night, giving him his most lukewarm welcome to the NFL yet.