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The Minnesota Vikings are Adrian Peterson's team. Christian Ponder, though, is the one most responsible for their progress.
The passing game was so bad and the ground game was so good that, for a while, Peterson was rushing for more yards than Ponder was accumulating passing.
But since the Vikings lost to the Packers on Dec. 2, due largely to the two interceptions Ponder threw deep in Green Bay territory, the second-year quarterback has played a lot better. He says it's because he's making smarter decisions. Coaches and teammates say they've seen more confidence in him during Minnesota's four-game winning streak that put the team in the playoffs.
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MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, basking in Sunday's playoff-clinching win against the Green Bay Packers, made sure he delivered a very important message to his embattled quarterback following Sunday's 37-34 win.
He approached second-year starter Christian Ponder. "Do you realize you just led your team to the playoffs in your second year in the National...
Adrian Peterson came just nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record. Dickerson expressed his joy on Twitter.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder bruised his elbow Sunday against the Packers and was limited in practice Wednesday as a result. SOURCE: Judd Zulgad, 1500ESPN.comFantasy Spin:Vikings coach Leslie Frazier didn't seem overly concerned about Ponder, according to Zulgad. Ponder is by far the worst of the eight quarterbacks who will play this weekend in the first round of the...
He just rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012, nine yards short of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record; he wants to compete in the 2016 Olympics, return kicks and try coming off the edge to block a field goal, and he says he’s healthy enough for 12 more games. Only one man, the biggest freak athlete in all of football, could possibly do all of this: Vikings running back Adrian...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The man who ought to be the NFL's Most Valuable Player was still on the field, doing a postgame interview. The Minnesota Vikings' much-maligned owner was whooping it up as he scampered out of the locker room, ebullient that his team had won 10 games, seven more than last season. Players were singing and clapping about being the league's most surprising...
Adrian Peterson is in the defense's head, with that unit focusing too much on the Vikings' prized running back and too little on playing assignments and fundamentals. The Packers have owned Peterson on 48 of his carries in the two games. It's the other seven carries that have been crushing.
The Chicago Bears saw their playoff hopes end as the Minnesota Vikings edged by their inner-divisional rival, the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers' loss knocks them out of the second seed in the NFC playoffs, bumping them to the third seed and elevating the San Francisco 49ers to the second spot.
With the win, the Vikings become the NFC's sixth seed in the playoffs...
Adrian Peterson didn’t set the NFL’s single-season rushing record, but there were plenty of other marks he broke in NFL and Vikings history. So did Blair Walsh and Christian Ponder.
Adrian Peterson ran right past everyone this season. Past all those running backs before him who couldn't make it to 2,000 yards in a season. Past every doubter who dared to think he wouldn't make it back from a devastating knee injury.
Past everyone except Eric Dickerson.
Peterson became the seventh player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, plowing through the Green...
Back and forth they went, Adrian Peterson and Aaron Rodgers going at each other with so much on the line. The emotional pendulum swung wildly in one of the most memorable games of this long and bitter rivalry.
It was a game so good that it deserves a rematch. And that's just what it will get.
Peterson rushed for 199 yards to become the seventh player to surpass 2,000 in a season...
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer Minnesota's offense has a simple focus: Adrian Peterson. The Vikings aren't scheming to surprise opponents by throwing 50 passes per game.
That doesn't mean offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave doesn't have plenty to work on. Just because the Vikings have a straight-forward, no-frills style doesn...
AND the final game Bret Beilema will get blamed for at U-W. I wonder if he watched the game? I am sure he did. But how? A bowl of cheetos with Jen and himself? A party? at BW3′s and just watched it with the other bowl games on? Or could he not bear his former family losing and playing without him?
Sometimes all you have to see is the picture…
Though many eyes will be on stars Adrian Peterson, J.J. Watt and Von Miller this month, the NFL playoffs are really about one position and one position only: quarterback.
Consider this: Since Brad Johnson won the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, the only quarterbacks to win Super Bowls have been the following men:
1. Tom Brady
2. Peyton Manning
3. Ben Roethlisberger...