Posted August 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
Christian Ponder threw a first-quarter touchdown pass in a sharp three-possession appearance and the Minnesota Vikings breezed to a 36-14 victory Friday night over the Buffalo Bills, who saw a decent performance from backup quarterback candidate Vince Young. Young's competitor for the No. 2 spot behind Ryan Fitzpatrick is former Vikings draft pick Tyler Thigpen, who threw an interception late in the fourth quarter that was returned 20 yards for a touchdown by rookie linebacker Audie Cole. On the next play from scrimmage, Cole picked off Brad Smith's pass to the same place on the field and ran that one 30 yards for a score. Rookie Blair Walsh made five of his six field goal attempts for the Vikings (No. 29h in AP Pro32 rankings), who got 64 yards rushing on two scrambles by backup quarterback Joe Webb. Ponder was 10 of 13 for 136 yards and no turnovers. The 29-year-old Young, drafted third overall by Tennessee in 2006, is trying to revive his career again after a number of...

Vikings' Ponder exceptionally efficient vs. Bills

MINNEAPOLIS Christian Ponder spent the offseason studying tape of his inconsistent rookie season, intent on using the missed plays a season ago to aid his development entering his first full season as the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback.The work seems to have paid off, and Ponder is still using missed opportunities as a way to get better.Ponder was 10 for 13 passing on Friday...

Christian Ponder has high expectations for Vikings and himself in 2012

2nd year Vikings QB Christian Ponder is already setting high goals for the Vikings in 2012, despite experts saying that this could be another long and painful season for Minnesota. Even though the team went 3-13 last season, Christian Ponder is talking playoffs in 2012. He also has given himself an extremely high goal for completion percentage that elite quarterbacks like Drew Brees...

Impatient Ponder believes Vikings can 'win now'

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer Christian Ponder is impatient. He only has 10 starts at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, and he's in charge this year of a young, rebuilding squad in a difficult division. Ponder says he wants to win now. He insists the Vikings don't have wait their turn, that they lost enough close...

Young owes loan company $1.7 million

Quarterback Vince Young has been ordered to pay a loan company nearly $1.7 million after missing a payment in late May, shortly after signing with the Buffalo Bills. The ruling against Young was made in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan on July 2, according to court documents. Young took out a high-risk loan from Pro Player Funding for $1.877 million during the NFL lockout...

Bills QB Young owes loan company $1.7 million

Quarterback Vince Young has been ordered to pay a loan company nearly $1.7 million after missing a payment in May, shortly after signing with the Buffalo Bills. The ruling against Young was made in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan on July 2, according to court documents. first reported the ruling against Young last week. Young took out a loan from Pro Player Funding...

Young's lawyer says loan in dispute

Vince Young's attorney disputes his client owes a loan company nearly $1.7 million, and questions whether the Buffalo Bills quarterback was even aware a loan was taken out in his name. Trey Dolezal says Pro Player Funding never contacted Young, and instead worked with the player's former financial adviser, Ronnie T. Peoples, in issuing a high-interest $1.877 million loan...

Bills QB Young eager to stake claim on backup job

Three months into Vince Young's third chance to prove himself in what's been an up-and-down NFL career, the Buffalo Bills quarterback isn't yet satisfied with his performance or fully comfortable with the offense. He says he feels ''OK,'' but still isn't happy, adding it's nothing that a little more playing time won't fix. Young will get...

3 Golden Rules For Fantasy Football Drafts

Rule #1 – Draft with your head, not your heart You are in the 5thround of your draft and you are a Minnesota Vikings Fan; you see that Christian Ponder is still on the board.   You know deep down it would be too early to take him but you know the guy picking 6 spots away is a Vikings fan too and what if he snags him!?  Even though you see that Jay Cutler and Matt Schaub are...

Kyle Rudolph Building Fine Chemistry with Ponder

According to the Star Tribune, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has been frequently targeting tight end Kyle Rudolph in training camp.Fantasy Spin:Rudolph could be this season's breakout player at the position. He's currently a steal as a late-rounder in mock drafts.

Vikings camp finishes on high notes

The Vikings finished training camp with an upbeat final practice, hoping that translates into Friday’s game. Christian Ponder looked sharp, but there were highlights for the defense and special teams, too.

QCS Buffalo Water Cooler: Bills/Vikings Wrap Up

The QCS Buffalo Water Cooler is about to become a regular feature on QCS as it will be published every Wednesday afternoon starting in September. Queen City Sports is starting a new weekly column called the Buffalo Water Cooler. It will consist of the largest topics of each week in Buffalo sports and feature the opinions of multiple QCS writers. This is the 2nd edition to be published...

Fantasy Football 2012: Top 5 Breakout Defenses

@font-face { }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; }table.MsoNormalTable { }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } When all else fails, defense still wins championships…or maybe your fantasy league.  When coming into a new season, there are certain teams in the NFL that we know are going to play well on defense.  The Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburg Steelers...
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