(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer Christian Ponder's decision-making, accuracy and ability to avoid the big mistake were three of the biggest keys to Minnesota's surprising 4-1 start to the season.
But after going four straight games without an interception to open the season, the Vikings quarterback has thrown four in the last two weeks. One of his two against the Redskins on Sunday was returned for a touchdown.
Coach Leslie Frazier says games like those are part of the learning curve for a young quarterback. Ponder is in his first full season as a starter.
Ponder also was unable to get the Vikings in the end zone on any of their first three trips inside the 20-yard line.
Settling for field goals kept the door open for the Redskins, who won 38-26.