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Christian Ponder is in the middle of his second season, and all the ups and downs one can handle. The product of Florida State University showed flashes in his rookie year, but in his second, he’s made the leap to leader of the offense.
The Vikings are in the hunt for a playoff spot. However, they won’t get there without Ponder raising his level of play. After a very good start, Ponder hit a rough streak that saw quarterback ratings of 47.1, 54.3, and 50.0 in his previous three performances before getting a solid 75.0 vs. the Detroit Lions.
Of course, when Adrian Peterson lining up behind him, all he has to do is not make mistakes.
"I want to thank my girlfriend, because she obviously has such a big impact on how I play,'' Ponder said after Minnesota beat Detroit 34-24 to move to 6-4 during their bye week. Ponder is dating Samantha Steele of ESPN, and there were questions Ponder was distracted by the hot television personality (we think there was some sarcasm ther...
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman doesn't travel as much for in-season college visits as he has in the past, having turned over some of those responsibilities to assistant general manager George Paton.
Spielman has made a few changes to his schedule in the 10-plus months since he was given the position of general manager. One of those was cutting...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf, along with newly appointed general manager Rick Spielman, chose to stick with coach Leslie Frazier after a year in which their team tied a franchise low with a 3-13 record last year.
Frazier was given another year to demonstrate his leadership and coaching acumen, the chance to have his calming influence take hold...
Entering the 2012 season, not only was Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson coming off a devastating knee injury, but his career arc before he blew out the ACL and MCL in his left knee appeared to be heading downward.Peterson led the league in rushing in his second season (2008) with 1,760 yards. He has not surpassed 1,383 yards in a season since then; in fact, his season rushing totals...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. With five weeks remaining in the voting for this year's Pro Bowl, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has tallied 298,323 votes, the fifth-highest total in the league. Several Minnesota teammates are also leading their respective positions in the NFC.
Peterson, who leads the league with 1,128 rushing yards to go with seven touchdowns, leads all...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Christian Ponder showed Sunday in helping the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions why it's necessary to stick by the second-year starting quarterback.
Ponder, who had struggled for most of the previous five games, completed 24 of 32 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with nine different receivers and not committing a turnover. Sunday...
The Vikings will have a big decision ahead when it comes to Percy Harvin’s contract, but general manager Rick Spielman didn’t want to discuss potential negotiations.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer recalls being approached by his team's scouts in advance of last spring's NFL draft with tapes of a little-known kicker from Missouri Western.
As soon as Priefer watched the tape, he knew he had to watch Greg Zuerlein in person, to "see if he's for real." Priefer traveled to Missouri...
Vikings GM Rick Spielman says developing young talent is a big part of Leslie Frazier’s job … and part of the evaluation on Frazier, who has one year left on his contract.
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