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It's been an up-and-down season for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.
The second-year player out of Florida State started the season with the Vikings winning four out of their first five games, while Ponder never completed less than 60 percent of his passes. However, Minnesota's fortunes have changed along with Ponder's, as the team has lost three of its past four with the 24-year-old completing just 38 of 74 passes over his past three games.
Incidentally, Ponder also has a very attractive, and public, girlfriend in ESPN's Samantha Steele. But don't blame her, Ponder says.
"She has nothing to do with [losing]," Ponder says in a radio interview with KFAN in Minneapolis. "We've been dating since the beginning of the season, so she had also to do with the five wins. So it has really nothing to do with anything on the football field."
It's not the first time a player's performance has been blamed on his attractive girlfriend, and it likely won't be the last.
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It goes without saying that Minnesota Vikings quarterback, Christian Ponder, is struggling after a hot start to the season. He went four games without throwing an interception (the last starting NFL QB in 2012 to do so!), and was posting completion percentages above 60% for the first six games as well. But since then, Ponder hasn't been able to connect on more than 54% of his...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Christian Ponder has thrown for a fewer than 100 yards in two of the Minnesota Vikings' past three games, a staggering stretch that has many wondering what has caused the passing game to stall.Ponder knows he returns for a home game this week in front of a crowd that could be ready to boo and ask for backup quarterback Joe Webb to be inserted into Sunday...
It’s been an up-and-down season for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.
The second-year player out of Florida State started the season with the Vikings winning four out of its first five games, during which time Ponder never completed less than 60 percent of his passes. However, Minnesota’s fortunes have changed along with Ponder’s, as the team has lost three out...
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After getting off to a good start this season, Vikings QB Christian Ponder has been struggling but insists dating ESPN's Samantha Steele has nothing to do with it.
The Vikings are searching for answers to what troubles their passing game, but QB Christian Ponder said nothing specifically stands out to him about what is wrong.
Christian Ponder is coming off an 11-of-22 for 63 yard and one INT performance against Seattle on Sunday so you can understand why he’s a little testy towards questions about his hot girlfriend Samantha Steele.
Ponder went on KFAN in Minneapolis this week to answer questions about the Vikings two-game losing streak and whether his struggles have anything to do with the sideline...
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Vikings QB Christian Ponder has been struggling the past month or so. He’s really having some putrid outings, which has lead some to believe his relationship with ESPN’s Samantha Steele is to blame. Not the case says Ponder, “”[Samantha] has nothing to do with it,” Ponder told KFAN’s Paul Allen. “We’ve been dating since the beginning...
Ever since former Florida State and Minnesota Vikings QB Christian ponder revealed two weeks ago that he was dating ESPN’s Samantha Steele, his play has been less than stellar. In the three games since then he’s completed just 51.4% (38-of-74) of his passes and thrown just two TDs against four INTs. Vikings fans might now view Steele as their Yoko Ono, but Ponder thinks the implication...
The Vikings have had three games with less than 100 yards passing, but they saw the potential they had earlier in the season. Whether it’s Christian Ponder’s confidence, his accuracy or better play-calling, they are searching for answers.
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer Minnesota's passing game has been sputtering. Tight end Kyle Rudolph might be one way to help get it going.
Rudolph is a close friend of quarterback Christian Ponder. They were the team's first two draft picks last year, and they've forged an obvious connection on the field. Five...
Last week: 12 (-7)
In his last 4 games, Christian Ponder completed 73 of 126 (57.9%) for 724 yards (5.7 YPA), 4 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions, all less than stellar team performances (0-3-1 ATS, 1-3 SU). The only reason it was even close against Seattle was because Adrian Peterson went nuts, but as talented as he is, he can’t do it by himself. Even worse, their only...
Last week: 4-1
Nothing like a big week to give you a false sense of confidence.
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I guess that’s the sound you make when you find out the ban on gay marriage in Minnesota has been lifted. It’s also the sound Drew makes every time Christian Ponder completes a pass over ten yards. Also of note, the woman in the video is...