Found September 14, 2012 on Football Nation:
Minnesota Vikings @ Indianapolis ColtsMinnesota:  This might shape up to be one of the more exciting games fantasy-wise of the week, mostly because neither team seems to sport a defense capable of stopping anyone.  The Vikings ended up in a pseudo-shootout with the Jaguars of all teams, a group that couldn’t get out of their own way offensively a year ago.  Christian Ponder looks poised to have to throw a lot, and should be a lock for at least 250 yards most weeks.  The question of course is, will he get many touchdowns?That question was answered last week as a resounding no, what with Adrian Peterson looking like he hasn’t missed a beat.  With AP back, Ponder probably won’t have to throw a lot of touchdown passes, which limits his upside.  Speaking of Peterson, he should run over, around, and through a Colts defense that lacks a lot of elite talent and size to stop a back like Peterson.In the passing game, Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph are both strong plays, as Ponder will throw it...

Ponder: I have to 'play almost mad'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. All the talk of improvement and growth this offseason for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder finally gave way last week to a chance to prove it in a regular-season game.Ponder came through with his most efficient game in his 11th career start. He was 20 of 27 passing for 270 yards. He didn't throw a touchdown, but he also avoided interceptions...

Peterson ready for more carries Sunday

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Adrian Peterson said he experienced some tightness in his surgically repaired knee after his first game in more than eight months, but he was feeling better Thursday and ready for a bigger workload this week. Peterson, who said the knee felt really loose after the game, said he dealt with some soreness Tuesday, but after treatment, he believes he'll be ready...

Peterson believed hard work would aid recovery

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Russ Paine had never met anyone like Adrian Peterson. Paine has done decades of work with professional athletes, and Peterson's return to the Minnesota backfield about 8 months after reconstructive surgery on his left knee still left him amazed. "This guy is in the top half of one percent of the human bodies in the world," said Paine,...

Ponder takes a liking to no-huddle approach

Christian Ponder’s efficiency turned around when the Vikings went to a no-huddle offense. Plus, several former Vikings were drawing interest around the league.

Familiarity breeds more freedom for Ponder

Christian Ponder is being allowed more freedom in the offense the more familiar he gets with the offense and coordinator Bill Musgrave. Plus, Jerome Felton’s efficiency as a blocker was rewarded by extended playing time, and find out just how young the Vikings have become.

Adrian Peterson was a full participant in practice

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson fully participated in practiced on Wednesday. So it’s not just Adrian Peterson: Steelers said RB Rashard Mendenhall was a full participant in today’s practice. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2012 The great news is that Peterson walk away from Sunday’s game with no swelling in his knee...

Dalton, Ponder solid No. 2 plays

Defensive trends are difficult to peg early in the season, so it's crucial to weigh the importance of an individual player's presence and what it means to a team's ability to slow the opponent. For example, quarterbacks facing Cleveland should have a much easier go of things with elite cover corner Joe Haden losing his suspension appeal and now slated to miss four games...

Vikings' offense looks to torment young Colts

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. For a few seconds last Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings looked like they might be close to suffering a similar fate as last year when they went 3-13 and late, blown leads were common occurences.The Jacksonville Jaguars had just taken a 23-20 lead with a 39-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds left. But Minnesota proved this truly is a new season, coming back in the...

Colts Vikings Preview With Purple Jesus Diaries

This week, Colts Authority talks with Purple Jesus Diaries about the upcoming game, with CA's questions in bold, and PJD's answers below. - KJR What is the deal with Christian Ponder? Is he going to be a franchise quarterback? Oof. I don't know. I'd like to think his ceiling is higher than Trent Dilfer or Brad Johnson, but I have no idea. He shows flashes of quarterbacking...
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