EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Christian Ponder's development in his second year as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback has been a key, along with a revived defense, to the team's surprise resurgence.
Minnesota, with Ponder as the only starting quarterback in the league without an interception, is tied with the Chicago Bears at the top of the NFC North standings. Ponder is a big reason, though he is coming off, statistically, his poorest start of the season in Sunday's 20-13 win against the Detroit Lions.
Ponder was 16 of 26 passing for 111 yards in the victory. For the season, Ponder is eighth in the NFL with a 97.7 quarterback rating and fifth with a 68.3 percent completion rate.
Wednesday, he met with reporters for his weekly press conference, and here are a few highlights:
1. What was your reaction when they sent in that passing call to Jerome (Simpson) on the second down (late in the fourth quarter on Sunday)?
PONDER: It was big. I was excited. Anytime we can throw the bal...