Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/9/12
The Minnesota Vikings are set to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Friday at Candlestick Stadium in San Francisco on Friday night.  This will be their first game since their 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears to end the season on New Years day. One player that needs to step up big is quarterback Christian Ponder.  Ponder, who had a less than stellar first season as a rookie, needs to step up this year and avoid a sophomore slump, not that he could really get much worse.  The way he and many Vikings’ fans need to view the Ponder situation is that he can only go up from last year.  Ponder showed flashes of brilliance, but his total numbers were not great as he threw 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 11 games (ten starts). According to CBS Sports and Joe Oberle, Ponder is quoted as saying, “Friday’s going to be huge, I don’t know how much the first-string offense is going to play, but we have to go out and make a statement.  Our goal is to score every time we have the ball.  Whether ...
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