At 2-10 this season, the Minnesota Vikings need to learn as much as they can about the future.
There is little to take from season-only occurrences. Most everything discovered must come with an eye toward next season.
So, despite Sunday's 35-32 loss to the Denver Broncos, the important discoveries are about the future. What might the Vikings have learned on Sunday?
1. Christian Ponder can handle an increased load, for the most part.
Ponder said Minnesota entered Sunday's game with a plan to put the ball in the air more against Denver. Without Adrian Peterson for the second straight game and the offense's next best weapon being Percy Harvin, it was likely a good strategy. In the past two games without the four-time Pro Bowl back Peterson, the coaches have been willing to put the game in Ponder's hands and it's paid off, mostly.
After a career-best 103.1 quarterback rating last week, Ponder set team rookie records for completions (29), attempts (47) and yards (381) against the Bro...