Ponder's progress shows between Packers games

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 1, 2013 - 10:32 PM

He was awful in the first meeting, then brilliant in the rematch to help clinch a playoff spot.

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tanner34Jan. 1, 1311:08 PM

I have a good feeling about this game....I spoke with God and afterwards, felt very good about it. I had some nice thoughts. Being a man that attends church on a regular basis, you could say that I had a "Christian Ponder...."

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vikingblitzJan. 2, 13 2:56 AM

I'm cautiously optimistic. Doesn't anyone remember T-Jack's 2008 Cardinal game where he threw for 4 TDs? I remember thinking that Jackson might have turned a corner and he would finally become the franchise QB. I was DEAD wrong. I hope Ponder stays on track and proves he can play well on a consistent basis.

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skidoo4funJan. 2, 13 6:52 AM

Ponders play improved when Harvin was done for the season. Harvin was getting in Ponders head and was not a team player which is why Frazier shut him down for season. Vikings have a good chance in the cold easier to run then pass in the cold. All the pressure is on the pack.

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raskelmanJan. 2, 13 6:58 AM

I expect the Packers to go straight for the jugular. They were kicking themselves on the slow start last week. I predict a score early and often strategy for the Pack. That may be the only way they can take Adrian out of the game and force Ponder to shoulder more of the load. The encouraging thing I see about Ponder's recent up-swing is his play making ability. Converting third downs, spreading the ball around, scrambling and most of all, not making big mistakes. It looks like he has progressed to the point where is can take advantage of the opposition having to key on Adrian. What happens when it is all on his shoulders?

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purplewvJan. 2, 13 7:05 AM

QBs have got to be the toughest position to draft. There have been just as many Ryan Leafs, as Payton Mannings. As far as I'm concerned, there are only 3 QBs in this league, that I you could call elite. Manning, Brady, and Rogers. All others are in groups under them. I can't understand why some rookies have great years, and then go down hill. Don't know why some look lost for 2-3 years, and then mature into a good starting QB. No 1s can be busts, 5-6 rounders can lead teams to superbowls. Ponder was put into a no win situation. Rookie with no mini-camp, behind a veteren [McNabb] that had no intention of teaching him anything. He was thrown into a roll, that just a couple of seasons before was held by one of the top 10 QBs in league history, that had led the team to a play or so from the Superbowl. He lost his only downfield threat [Rice] to FA, had his O-Line gutted to make way for 2 rookies, and a new LG. He has lost his primary WR [Harvin]. Some how he has managed to get a little better each week, when it has counted most. Maybe it is because he had gotten engaged, then married. If this is the case, then Pro GMs might want to have marrige clauses for 1st rnds in the contracts. Kidding a side, I thought that Ponder had arguably his best game, at a time that had the most pressure on him. Is he the next Ryan, or Flacco? Who knows. If he gets a supporting cast like those other guys, maybe. What I saw last Sunday, was a QB that looked like he was supposed to be were he was. I didn't see that scared kid that looked like a squirel in the road, with a car comming. He made 4 "Have to make" throws, and 2 big 3rd dwn scrambles. I can't remember 6 plays big time plays that he has made, combined, that he has made in all the rest of his starts. With no "sure thing QBs" in this years draft, and no sure thing FA QBs out there, Ponder will be the starting QB for the team for so time to come. Having a RB like Peterson to hand off to, is great. Having more weapons to throw to is better. Letting Peterson get hit 30-35 times a game will only lesson a RBs life span. Balance is what is needed. WRs that can get open, and make big plays, is what this QB, and team, needs. GO VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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hitch22Jan. 2, 13 7:42 AM

One of his TDs should have been intercepted... In fact there were 2 or 3 balls that probably should have been picked off. Yet people call him brilliant.

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dirtydogsJan. 2, 13 7:44 AM

Frazier said it best....you need to prove that you can string good games together. Ponder has not done that ever.

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purplewvJan. 2, 13 8:03 AM

to hitch22 : To me, that is the difference between, a good QB, and a bad QB. When the pass gets there when the coverage is tight. When a QB like Brady, or rogers throws a ball into a tight spot, with coverage that is right on, thats what makes them great. When a reciever comes up with a catch in the middle of double, or triple coverage, thats what makes him great. When a RB has no where to go and breaks 2-3 tackles, and winds up with a 50yd td, thats what makes him great. Any pro QB can hit a receiver that is wide open. It is the passes that he completes when there is no chance, that is the difference between the great QBs, and the wanna bees. Good QBs make the plays that HAVE to be made. How many passes have the Good QBs in this league past or present made into perfect coverages, that had D-backs shaking their heads, and D-coordinators throwing down their clip boards? There are 50 college kids a year that can throw the ball 60yds, there are only 1 or 2 that can "Fit it in" on 3rd and 15. I am not saying that Ponder is one of the greats, by any means, what I'm saying is that, in the most important game of his career, with the most pressure on him, he found a way to make the plays that were the difference between winning, and losing. I have not seen this from him in his short career. GO VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ActTwoJan. 2, 13 8:04 AM

Poner is making better decisions but definitely "baby" steps. The throw he made to Jenkins for the touchdown could have been intercepted. But it wasn't and hopefully he learned something from it, like zipping it in there next time.

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jastkeJan. 2, 13 8:08 AM

The biggest obstacle to more consistent play by Ponder is the absence of an elite wide receiver. I think if the Vikings can add that player to go with the versatility of Harvin and the dominance of Peterson the Vikings offense would be very difficult to defense.

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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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