Ponder Pivotal In Vikings Victory After Slow Start

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 10, 2012 – 8:47 am

With everything that happened on Sunday at Mall of America Field during the Vikings season-opening win against the Jaguars – Adrian Peterson’s return and new team rushing record, Blair Walsh’s clutch kicking, implementation of new overtime procedures – there is one important aspect of the Vikings performance that has been overshadowed. And that’s the performance of Vikings QB Christian Ponder.

Ponder’s stat line at the conclusion of the game read: 20 of 27 for 270 yards with 0 TDs and 0 INTs. It was a solid performance for the second-year passer, especially when you add in how he was able to put the Vikings in position to try a game-saving FG as time expired.

But it wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine for Ponder. He and the offense got off to a slow start before they put the pedal to the metal in the 2nd half. Ponder’s numbers were pedestrian in the first two quarters, as he went 7 of 11 for 78 yards. The Vikings ran just 10 plays and picked up only one first down in their first three drives, and their fourth drive went for 6 plays and 24 yards before ending in a punt.

After the game, Ponder pointed the finger at himself.

“It didn’t start off that well and a lot of that has to do with me,” Ponder explained. “I have to set the tone for this offense and play with a sense of urgency. And I didn’t.  We changed that around going into that last drive of the first half and continued that into the second half.”

Indeed, the Vikings last drive of the 1st half was pivotal. The Vikings defense forced a 3-and-out and a Jaguars punt with 2:40 to play in the 2nd quarter. Ponder and Co. took possession at their own 41 with 2:28 to play, needing to put something on the board after going scoreless up to that point.

“We hadn’t had points all game, and they were up 9-0,” Ponder said. “We knew we had to get points on the board. We went into two-minute offense, and when you do that, things are naturally going to pick up. I think that was a great starting point to set the tone for the second half. I think that definitely changed the momentum.”

Ponder began the drive with an 11-yard completion to Percy Harvin, then Adrian Peterson dashed for an 8-yard gain to the Jaguars 27. Another Ponder completion, this one to Michael Jenkins for 14 yards, put the Vikings in the shadow of the Jaguars goal line. Peterson finished the drive two plays later with a 3-yard TD run, giving the Mall of America Field crowd some optimism and the Vikings some confidence heading into the locker room at halftime.

The Vikings offense hit the ground running in the 2nd half, and Ponder was a big reason for that. He was 13 of 16 for 192 yards in the 2nd half, including 2 for 2 on the drive late in the 4th quarter that set up Blair Walsh for the game-tying 55-yard FG. Ponder found Devin Aromashodu for 26 yards and then Kyle Rudolph for 6 more, advancing his team from their own 31 to the Jacksonville 37 in just 10 seconds.

At that moment, it was apparent to Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier that his young quarterback was displaying to everyone the growth and progression he had displayed to teammates and coaches during the offseason program, training camp and the preseason.

“Christian has grown so much and we felt that was true when we had him in the offseason and watching him in the preseason and some of the things we were doing in practice,” Frazier explained. “But you also want to see it in game situations, and I just thought he did a terrific job throughout of managing the game and then making plays for us when we needed some big plays, and none any bigger than that last drive with 20 seconds to go.

“He’s growing up right before our eyes, and we really feel like he’s the guy who can lead us to big places and today was a big step towards seeing that happen.”

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74 Responses to “Ponder Pivotal In Vikings Victory After Slow Start”

  1. By Troutdaddy on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    First! Wow- never been first before!

  2. By Troutdaddy on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder may have had a slow start, but to me it seemed like the focus was more on the run at first. Being the first real game, I think Ponder had to shake out a few cobwebs and find his groove. I think it took our receivers a little bit to get their groove too. At least it all came together when we needed it mpst. We saw some great stuff from Harvin and I am totally convinced now that our in the air game is going to be just fine. Our O-Line did a good job most of the time so that Ponder could throw. Nice to see Ponder step up and take charge of this team. we definitely have a lot to look forward to this year.

  3. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder was awesome.

  4. By vegasvike on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    How does it feel TD?

  5. By H.M.G. on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is the man!

  6. By H.M.G. on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    The run D needs a big 320 pound monster in the middle. Bama’s Jesse Williams could be the answer.

  7. By H.M.G. on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Get some one to eat 2 blockers and free up the pass rushers and LBs.

  8. By H.M.G. on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder showed when it comes done to business he can get it done.

  9. By H.M.G. on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    @rogerthevikefan where you at? Come cheer for your boy Ponder.

  10. By rogerthevikefan on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder takes the blame for the slow start but I am sure if Musgrave actually gave him some freedom early on he would do even better.
    Next week Ponder will pass for 2 TDs.

  11. By rogerthevikefan on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is better than Dalton but Jay Gruden is a better OC than Musgrave.

  12. By JE on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder had happy feet in the first quarter and then really settled in and played well.Hes going to be a good one and we all no how important that is to this franchise. As the season goes and we get JSimpson back i think the offense is going to be very productive. Good job Ponder!!!

  13. By måns on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Where can I find all the highlight clips with Paul allen announcing them? They used to be on but cant find them..

  14. By JE on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Im still shocked at how many carries AP had. Wow i didnt see that coming! He looked like he had a little hitch in his giddie up but as long as he can stay healthy that will go away. He sure ran hard and wasnt timid at all.Man that guy is a stud. Congratulations Adrian,!!!!

  15. By Mike B. on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder seemed to be rusty at the start of the game. I think the two weeks off effected his game. From the 2min warning to the end of the game, he gained confidence and more zip on the b@ll. The two min offense worked well at the end of the game and we got into OT. Ponder performed very well.

  16. By JE on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin,Harvin,Harvin!!! Get the ball to Harvin.Wow did he look awesome!!! He is the centerpeice of this offense.Best slot in all of football.We need to lock him up for another 5 year deal.

  17. By sandiamond on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Fluker, Jones,Williams,Millner,Mosely,Lester,Fowler 2013

    just what does it take to get at least (1) Bama player on this team??????????

  18. By sandiamond on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

  19. By VegasVike on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Percy needs to have a good, injury and migraine free year this year to get a strong 5 year deal. I hope he does it!

  20. By Troutdaddy on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    About Peterson…. have him on my fantasy team and everyone said not to start him due to “Limited reps” HUGE Mistake…. My bad….Shoulda listened to my gut. Great day yesterday. I am so pumped for the next game. In honor of the real Titus, I say: BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  21. By Matthias on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Right now we have a top 15 offense and defense, if you trust

  22. By dreeZ on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    For me, Ponder is, has been and will be our challenge. He is not it. Here we go Tavaris Jackson again… how many years took us to learn he wasn’t the man for the job? It only took Seattle one season, and he played better than all the years he played for us.

    In my opinion, the real player shows up quickly it’s like Grffin III, and he just kicked Brees, Brady, and Rodgers numbers…

    I’m very satisfied with AP, he’s the soul of our team. He will just get better, and take care of himself better.

    And sincerely, beating the Jaguars, in the dome, with a banged up Drew??? It’s because they had an extra player: PONDER

    My tummy hearts when he touches the football.

    GO VIKES!!!

  23. By Annoymous on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Two words, one person: Joe Webb.

  24. By Mike B. on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    I feel our secondary is still suspect and better teams will be able to pick off the defense in the middle. I was suprised that Cook got completely beat by the Jags WR. I didn’t expect that. I think we are improved, but still a player or two away on Def.

  25. By Mike B. on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    The offense is in serious need of that “Randy Moss” type player. Can’t say this enough. Jags were pretty much staying close to the line and not respecting our ability to get deep. We need that deep threat and use it. I have been saying this since last year and was pretty obvious from what I saw in the game. We played a motivated team in the dome, but it shouldn’t have been that close. We are too predictable on Offense. You could see how quickly the Jags would key in on our plays. Sorry Wobby but I am disagreeing with you.

  26. By DrinkHeavyVikingsFans on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Really happy about the win..knew it was gonna be a nail-biter (last week I thought we’d kick a game winning FG for a 17-16 win), but obviously would much rather have liked to see us shut them down at 20-15..very nice to see two rushing AD TDs in the red zone (vs last year constantly getting stuffed and settling for FGs), Ponder’s composure late in the game and the Blair “The Ice Man” Walsh. Still very concerned about our D though – the Jags held the ball for almost 10 min longer than us and we are still prone to giving up big plays late..we’d better be ready because Luck is a heck of alot better than Gabbert.

    Keep’em cold..GO VIKES

  27. By måns on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Where’s all the highlights with Paul allen announcing them? They’re not on

  28. By PurplHaze on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    By Annoymous on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Two words, one person: Joe Webb.
    So you want a QB that runs as apposed to finding the open man? Ponder didn’t have one interception yesterday!

    Wobbs? Can’t you do something about these wastes of perfectly good blog space?

  29. By sandiamond on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    live Frazier press conf:—Monday-Sept-10–1230-PM/97154656-26d9-4341-94cd-cbd369b47240

  30. By PurplHaze on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    By Mike B. on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    I feel our secondary is still suspect and better teams will be able to pick off the defense in the middle. I was suprised that Cook got completely beat by the Jags WR. I didn’t expect that. I think we are improved, but still a player or two away on Def.
    Watch the replay … Offensive Pass Interference at it’s finest!

  31. By sandiamond on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    we need another safety in the rotation, frazier indicates sendejo might be the man

  32. By 61Vikings on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Remember fellow Viking fans, it was the Jacksonville Jaguars!! Their pass offense was rated 32nd in the league!! Once again our defense made their very average QB look like an all-pro!! By the way, Mistral Raymond has no business starting at all!! Chris Cook was absolutely horrible and our pass rush was non-existent!! Overall grade for the defense would have to be a C- The offense on the other hand got off to a rough start but that had a lot to do with the play calling!! That last drive before half got them going and carried over into the 2nd half!! Percy Harvin is a beast and we have to sign him to a long term deal, period!! What else can be said about AP!! He’s the greatest RB in Viking history, period!!! Ponder played great once they allowed him to throw the ball!! Overall grade for the offense would be B !!

  33. By Daniel on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Good job

  34. By JE on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Last year doesnt mean ANYTHING!!!!!What does last year have to do with either of these two teams. Young QBs, different rosters ,its a new season .Jacksonville is a much better team than they were LAST YEAR. Minnesota is a much better team than LAST YEAR.

  35. By JE on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder had a 105.5 QB rating!!! That was the highest in our division.He also had a 85.5% completion % on 1st and2nd down.Anyone who doesnt see Ponder as a rising star is blind.THE KID HAS IT!!!!This was his 11th start in the NFL and some of you are righting himoff is idiodic!!!!!!!

  36. By Matthias on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Our DB’s statistics:

    Comb Total Ast Sck PDef

    Chris Cook 5 4 1 1 2

    Harrison Smith 7 3 4 – 1

    Mistral Raymond 3 3 – – 1

    Antoine Winfield 4 4 – – -

    Josh Robinson 4 4 – – -

    Jamarca Sanford 1 1 – – -

    Brandon Burton 1 1 – – -

  37. By Matthias on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Well it didn’t look like this ^, but everybody should at least understand what I mean.

  38. By JE on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    PONDER….105 CUTLER…98 RODGERS….78 STAFFORD….65 QB ratings for week 1.Ponder was 5 for 5 for 60 yards and thru to 4 different receivers on the last drive in regulation and first drive of OT. Who in there right mind says Ponder doesnt have it??

  39. By dreeZ on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder: TD: 0 INT: 0 YDS: 270 RTG: 105.5 1 Fumble 1 Lost
    Gabbert: TD:2 INT:0 YDS: 260 RTG: 96.1
    Griffin: TD: 2 INT:0 YDS: 320 RTG: 129.9

    I don’t know where you find 85% he’s 74.1%

    He’s awful!!! he’s a DISASTER!

  40. By iaVIKE on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    So a QB that is “awful” and a “disaster” Starts from his own 25 yard line and puts the team in field-goal position within 20 seconds?

  41. By Immure on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    It really doesn’t really matter who the coach or the QB is there will always be some fans who will criticize them. Its like this for every team in the NFL.

    The important thing is that we got the win and none of key players suffered major injuries. It wasn’t a pretty win but a win none-the-less and a fun game to watch. In the NFL you don’t get extra credit for style points.

  42. By no1viking on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Both these teams are better then last year, The Vikes started off slow, and as soon as Percy got his hands on the ball, running fast and hard, It seemed to jump start this team. You cant say enough about what AP-AD means to this team, To start and play after that injury, no Preseason, no Hitting, And come out and run like he did is amazing. Now with 27 seconds to go, and ahead by 5, the game was in the Defense Hands. And then it happened again, other team scores on a great play by there wide Receiver. And it was last year all over again. And I do not think that there was 1 Viking fan on this Earth , who thought they would come back in 20 seconds and tie or win this game, unless Harvin runs the Kickoff back. But Ponder steped up, and got them into position to Tie it. Wow. Last year that just did not happen. Congradulations Vikings, You have already done a few things in 1 game that you did’nt last year. You wont be in last place for 16 weeks.

  43. By RichardA1 on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder did great in the 2nd half, can he keep it up? was it a fluke he was able to! alot of rookie mistakes, inexperienced play. A team on top of its play would of picked us apart piece by piece!

  44. By RichardA1 on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder, can he keep up the good play like int he 2nd half? a few to many rookie mistakes by everybody. A team on top of there game would of picked us apart piece by piece!

  45. By Spencer on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Lol, y’all need to relax. We got the W.

    Thats all that matters. Lets prepare for Luck!

  46. By Em Gee on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    A growing experience all around
    Ponder’s second half plus
    Walsh’s ice water veins and to me,
    Harrison Smith’s OT tip – in a year or two that will be an INT

  47. By NCvikeman1 on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    I would love to see Ponder keep improving and McLeod Bethel_thompson as backup—not Webb!! Bethel-Thompson is also wearing the correct #4 on his jersey and had some impressive moments in preseason, and what an arm!! Wouldn’t it be perfect to see both these guys excel and be our quarterbacks of the future! Webb should be utilized but not as our QB…he doesn’t have it. He is a run first, pass second QB. Either use him or cut him and get us another legit player on the roster.

  48. By Spencer on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    McLeod Bethel Thompson went up against guys that only made the practice squad or got cut. And on top of that he didnt even look that impressive! What games were you watching?

    Webb is a proven winner, MBT hasnt even shown that he can compete against 2nd stringers…

  49. By Troutdaddy on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Spencer. People need to relax and let things gel a bit. The Vikes got a win and things will come together. Let em do their jobs and as fans let’s support that and quit the whinyness….

  50. By PurplHaze on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    By dreeZ on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder: TD: 0 INT: 0 YDS: 270 RTG: 105.5 1 Fumble 1 Lost
    Gabbert: TD:2 INT:0 YDS: 260 RTG: 96.1
    Griffin: TD: 2 INT:0 YDS: 320 RTG: 129.9

    I don’t know where you find 85% he’s 74.1%

    He’s awful!!! he’s a DISASTER!
    F.Y.I., Plain Garbage had a botched snap. Don’t recall if they recovered or not, but you’re the guy with the statistics, so… Be sure to have your story straight!

    Ponder is in his second year, and has definitely shown improvement over last year. Be a fan and cut him a little slack.

  51. By Immure on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Next week our Oline really needs to play well. They have to take on Mathis and Freeney (maybe depending on if he’s injured or not).

    I’m not to worried about Luck. He’s a rookie without that many weapons to utilize other than R. Wayne. But as long as we are able to put pressure on him he’ll make mistakes.

  52. By Dueyz on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    I give credit to the “Ice Man”, Blair Walsh. Nobody drafts a kicker that early, and I had questions. High % numbers consistantly on kicks will impress me more than billion yard kicks.

    Percy did work, as usual.

    Adrian’s actual contribution is yet to be seen.

    Ponder has nothing but opportunity. However, he better show signs of capitalizing.

    Frazier must show significant improvement on our rebuilding strategy, or step aside after this season.

    Musgrave better help train the O-Line, or let someone better do it.

    We shouldn’t spend another season letting a few superstars carry a bad team. Percy, Jared, Adrian, and the few other game changers wont stay around forever if their franchise keeps sh!tting the bed.

    LOVE the special teams coach. LOVE the new defensive coordinator. Very saavy people.

    Looking forward to a couple years from now, if we’ve made good choices.

  53. By dreeZ on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    want him. I want the vikes to win the super bowl, for everything I’ve seen from Ponder, he won’t takes us there. I want to shut the GBs at least once. (They have 17 SB for the ones that like numbers we have…)

    If Ponder was going to help us get there, I would like Ponder. But I think he won’t so I hate Ponder.

    Did you guys see that Griffin III guy? Russell Wilson? That’s a promise, not a ponder.

    What about AP? Allen? Harvin? Williams? Greenway? Windfield? Are you satisfied with a QB that is less than a good match for them? cuz I cannot!

    thinking it thru, It’s not fair for the amount of work that AP put to get back to the game.


  54. By MTfan on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder did great. Everybody played quite well for the most part. My only issue was the choice to try three straight runs up the middle, when a single first down would have iced the game. We haven’t been able to create a hole up the middle in 5 years. What our running backs get, they get on their own, usually bouncing outside.

  55. By A True Vikings Fan on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    stop with how ponder is not going anywhere ok cause he was a big part in the win and he did a magnificent job with how calm he was in the last 14 seconds to take us to field goal range ok so get off his back and be a real fan and have faith in this team and what theyre trying to do

  56. By Ia viking fan 4 life on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe some don’t the understand the game, that is often times summarized as , down,distance,and maybe to often forgotten situation. As an example,trailing by 5 points with 27 seconds to play and you’ve got 3 rd and 10, whats important,the 1st down or chancing catching your opponent off guard …GREAT PLAY call !!! by the Jaguars. And good effort by Chris Cook,he was in a good position to locate the ball,just not that under thrown one.

  57. By HawaiianBoy_VikingFan on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply


    All you do is hate! One game into the season (which we won) and you are writing Ponder off? He didn’t throw a TD but he didnt give away any either. If ponder had thrown a 3 yd TD to Kyle instead of AP running it in for a TD, would you still hate? Who cares where we get the TD from, as long as we score.

    According to your logic, if you had a junk rookie year, you got no shot at being a good QB. Sure wish someone would have told Manning (both), Stafford and Rodgers that, then maybe they woulda just quit while they could. Stop being a doubter and have some faith, we don’t need band wagon fans like you.


  58. By JE on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    dreez. I said 85.5 % on 1st and 2nd down. His goal this year was to be 75 % on 1st and 2nd down.What does RGIIIs stats have to do with our game??? And 74.1% for the game is excellent!!! J ust because he drove us down so close that AP got to run it in doesnt mean he could not have had a passing TD.PONDER PLAYED A VERY GOOD GAME.How in the world can you judge a QB in 11 starts in the NFL. Your clueless.

  59. By Ia viking fan 4 life on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Also on the thought of down distance and situation,how about the holes opened up for the 5 yard touchdown ,and the 21 yard run in overtime,both of witch the jaguars were expecting,knowing that the Vikings were not willing to risk a turnover,GREAT play calling by our staff and good execution by our line.

  60. By DreeZ is n idiot on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Dude, if Ponder cant get us a SB, there is no way in h_ll Webb can. How has it worked out for Vick?

  61. By astolpho on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder was everything I expect him to be this year, efficient and cautious with the ball. As long as we have AP and we aren’t trailing by 2 touchdowns we will be a run first offense within the constraints of game time. Ponder was great though once he worked out the bugs. After the first 2 drives he was like 1 of 2 for 15 yards so he really didn’t get that many opportunities in those drives and the Jags had that incredible string of converting 3rd and long that kept the offense on the bench for most of the first quarter. It took them a couple drives to work the bugs out in the 2nd quarter and that last possesion of the first half was The Vikings offense hitting on all cylinders. They carried that over to the second half the defense figured out their 3rd and long problem or the odds finally swung against the Jags because the defense started getting off the field on most possesions. If the game were longer I believe we would have marched away from them but they hung in there long enough and stung us late. I had given up on all but a Percy Harvin miracle return saving this game but Ponder came in and made the throws he had to make making good use of the clock and Walsh kicked it like a champ. There was no doubt in my mind that we would score on that first possesion of the overtime, A touchdown would have been sweet, but the defense did their job and it was a win. Aside from starting late I had no problems with offensive production this week, need to turn those field goals into touchdowns though. The defense needs to take a look at what happened to them, I’m sure being on the field 40+ mins of the game wasn’t their idea either. Back to Ponder though, I give him a B+ he started late but he was good once he started and the late start wasn’t entirely his fault.

  62. By JE on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Ponder getting A B+.He started off slow but finished strong and got the win.He doesnt even have our most important free agent on the field yet in JSimpson.It was his 11th start in his career people!!!! If you could tell weather he was a bust in this short of time theres 32 teams in the NFL that want to hire you to there staff! Give the guy some time to play!!!!!

  63. By Ia viking fan 4 life on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    How many of these guys might go to the pro-bowl,Harvin,Peterson,Williams,Allen Greenway,Sullivan,Loadholt,Rudolph,Simpson,Ponder,Walsh,Winfield and many others I suspect have the talent and drive,ask any of them about drive and I’ll bet you’ll soon realize that it’ not the opportunity to sign your program that drives them to the weight room…Best of luck to you who are so dedicated to your craft including coach Frasier,his staff,and Spielman and his staff keep up the good work Oh and Wilf family before it’s to late consider a move south by about 100 miles to the center of IOWA where three million have nothing more than the hawkeyes to appreciate and leave those naysayers with there not to often “Golden” Golphers.

  64. By A True Vikings Fan on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    @JE you are saying whats on my mind exactly like this is only his 11th game like get off his a** and let him play and prove you wrong

  65. By Alex on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Not sure why people are still saying Ponder is bad. He wasn’t given a chance at the start of the year last year and when he was he did decent, not great but decent. Now in the first start of his second year he threw for over 200 yards, had a 75% completion rate, and didn’t throw an interception. Thats pretty good and hes going to keep getting better and better. He isn’t rg3 or Cam Newton otherwise he would have been taken first or second overall but hes going to develop into a very good quarterback in time and he’ll get better every game. Hes fine right now and we have a team that can get some wins before the season started I said i thought we would go 6-10 maybe 7-9 and be third in our division(with the bears as last), Green bay as 2nd and the lions winning it). I think we might be able to do better than that though and push for 2nd in the division and a possible wildcard spot but the team has to play hard and we have to win games in our division and cant go 0-2 to the lions and the packers.

    I like where our team is right now considering we had the 3rd overall pick in the draft last year.

    SKOL Vikings.

  66. By caliviking88 on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    i think theres a lot of people changing there name and making their same point here on these fan blogs…youre not fooling anybody….too bad theres no way to keep kids under 18 from writing on here

  67. By caliviking88 on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    dreeZ is a packers fan…go back to your cheessy website…man i wish i could cuss on here

  68. By A True Vikings Fan on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    What you guys think of Harrison Smith, i thought he played well especially with that pass defended in OT

  69. By Jeff Myers on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    It was nice to see Ponder play well. Is their a stat for inside the 30 yard line how often a team throws a ball into the end zone? I t seams to me the Vikings never try to complete a pass with the receiver actually in the end zone.

  70. By jdogg on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    dreeZ–What more does this kid need to do to be relevant to you. He had a good game and he showed some moxy and drive to win….We didn’t convert on those TD, cause we are too attached to the run game. We need a better mix, more screens and let Ponder do what he can and that is move the ball up the field efficiently with the weapons he has (Harvin, Rudolph, Carlson, AP, Jenkins, and Toby and also add the 6’6″ Ellision). When the linebackers move back, then hit them with AP and Toby. Every now and then take a shot at the endzone on a long pass. Ultimately, lets have a better mix…that will increase AP and Toby’s YPC because they won’t have LB crashing the holes. However, lets not all anoint Ponder superman, he will have bad games, all QBs do. The point I am making is that he is the future, but don’t expect him to take us the the super bowl this year. If he does–that is awesome, but if not, he will eventually. EVERYONE BE PATIENT AND ENJOY THE WATCHING THE TEAM DEVELOP INTO A DYNASTY…IT IS OUR TIME…..WE WILL SEE THE LOMBARDI….

  71. By Ekolu on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    There are some real ignoramuses on this blog. Peyton Manning had 26 ints in his full rookie season with a full off season, while Ponder was relegated to 2nd team snaps in a strike shortened off season. So he played with poise and confidence and pulled off a great comeback. So all you armchair QB’s should just shut the heck up.

  72. By dee jay born on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder stepped up when it really counted in the game.As for the defense we need more stops on 3rd down.Let’s tighten up this Sunday against the Colts..SKOL !!!!

  73. By Em Gee on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe the last comment on this
    2nd year qb ratings for:
    Montana – 85%
    Favre – 85%
    P Mannig – 90%


  74. By dreeZ on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    So now what? We lost for … COLTS???? Ponder that!

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