EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Leslie Frazier knows the limitations of his 6-6 Minnesota Vikings very well. Twelve games into the season and clinging to fading playoff hopes, Frazier knows there is no savior that is going to appear magically to rescue Minnesota's last-ranked passing offense.
"It's not like at this time of the season somebody's going to drop a special guy in your lap," Frazier said Monday, spreading his arms skyward as if he was hoping for some sort of divine intervention. "It's just not the case."
No, at this point of the season, the Vikings are left to fly or fall with an offense that falters when it has to go to the air. Despite a rushing offense that ranks third in the league and a defense that's held up for the most part this season, Minnesota's season has slipped without a credible passing game. Frazier has watched all year as quarterback Christian Ponder and the team's receivers continue to misconnect.