Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 9/12/12
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 against a Jacksonville Jaguars' defense that was one of the best in the league in several categories last season. Ponder had one turnover, a fumble on a sack. He also helped lead the Vikings down with 20 seconds left with two big passes to get into position for a tying field goal as the fourth quarter ended and then drove the team down for a field goal in overtime in Sunday's 26-23 overtime win.Here are a few things Ponder had to say Wednesday in his usual weekly press conference coming off Sunday's victory: 1. You talked on Sunday about kind of resetting yourself on the sideline after those first few series and making sure you got the tempo going, how do you go about getting that from drive one this week? PONDER: It's just an attitude. I think mentally just telling myself that I need to go out and play aggressively and play almost mad. I just (have to) go out there and play with that sense of urgency and I think that starts with the tempo that you call the play, you break the huddle immediately and you get everybody up there and you run the play. I think you can control a lot of that in the huddle. 2. What do you mean by play almost mad? PONDER: I don't know, just play with a relentlessness. Yeah, after those first couple drives I was mad that I missed a couple throws and just kind of said, 'I'm going to go out here and throw this ball and make plays.' It was almost like playing mad, I guess. I don't know. 3. Overall, what gives you the biggest comfort in (Kyle Rudolph)? PONDER: We just have so much chemistry. The guy, I think his hands are unbelievable. He finds ways to get open. He's trustworthy. He's reliable. You know what he is going to do and where he's going to be. He doesn't even have to be fully open for you to complete a ball to him. I just trust that he's going to make plays. And I trust that he's big enough that if I don't throw a ball where it's supposed to be, either he'll knock it down and not let it be intercepted or he'll make a play and catch the ball. 4. How encouraged are you with the way you moved the ball in the second half without Jerome (Simpson) and to some extent without John Carlson? PONDER: It's very promising. We had a lot of guys step up. Like Devin, Devin made some big plays out there at the wide receiver position. So, we've got guys that can step up and make plays and we can move the ball when we have to. But we are excited to get Jerome back at some point, in a couple of games. Like you said, John Carlson slowly being implemented and working through what he's got to work through. We've got so many weapons on this team and so much depth on this team, it really helps me as a quarterback to trust those guys that they are going to make plays. 5. Can you talk about the seam for Percy (Harvin) where you hit the safety in the chest, was that a matter of them playing Cover-2 all day and you just not expecting that guy to be there? PONDER: Yeah, what we did was, we had a dummy cadence and I was keying the back-side safety and he looked like he was staying in Cover-2 during the dummy cadence. So, after we snapped the ball they rotated to single-high (coverage) and I just made a bad assumption they were staying in Cover-2 and immediately looked at the linebackers to make my read. Yeah, my lesson learned is to always keep the eyes on the safeties because those are the guys that tell the truth and everyone else lies. So, I've got to do a better job of that. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sam Mitchell reportedly candidate to join Pelicans’ coaching staff

Warriors GM indicates Steve Kerr still isn’t ready to return

Taylor Hall says it was “nice to finally see” the Edmonton Oilers eliminated

Report: Jets to hire female defensive backs coach

Vince Young officially inks contract with CFL team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jason Witten: Bill Parcells is getting soft in his old age

Braves make up with fan ejected by security for interference

David Price to start for Red Sox Monday against Chicago

David Price to start for Red Sox Monday against Chicago

Magic Johnson indicates Brandon Ingram is Lakers’ only untradeable player

Congress drafted a bill that could legalize online sports betting; how soon might it happen?

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

It’s our civic duty to stop attending Super Bowls in new stadiums

Box Score 5/25: The Cavaliers look to close out the Celtics

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

Box Score 5/24: Craig Anderson saves the Senators

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker