(With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer The Minnesota Vikings are set up to win without commanding performances by Christian Ponder.
This run-first team that relies on stingy defense, favorable field position and strong special teams play doesn't need Ponder to put on a passing clinic each week. But if he continues to play the way he did in the season opener, the Vikings soon will have to find a new quarterback.
Ponder not only struggled with his accuracy again during the 34-24 loss at Detroit, he failed to produce the important completions to finish drives. The Vikings might have been able to overcome those problems, but Ponder also was responsible for four turnovers against a Lions team he beat twice last year.
''You have to be exceptional to win those games when you finish minus in the turnover ratio,'' coach Leslie Frazier said. ''We haven't shown that we are exceptional to be able to do that.''
Ponder's midseason problems were so glaring in 2012 they cast ...