Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/14/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Christian Ponder showed Sunday in helping the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions why it's necessary to stick by the second-year starting quarterback. Ponder, who had struggled for most of the previous five games, completed 24 of 32 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with nine different receivers and not committing a turnover. Sunday was the type of progress Minnesota needs to see from its franchise quarterback. Some had wondered about Ponder's claim to that title, but the Vikings weren't swaying on Ponder because of a few rough games. "I know everybody in this organization believes Christian Ponder is our guy, and I have full, 100 percent belief that Christian Ponder's going to be our quarterback heading into the future," general manager Rick Spielman said Wednesday. "You also know that, as young guys develop, they're going to have hiccups. But you've got to be patient, and I thought last week (offensive coordinator) Bill Musgrave did a gr...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Polian: I'd have my scouts looking awfully hard at RGIII

Report: Patrick Kane generating significant trade interest

Why Alabama will and won't win the National Championship

Tom Brady: ‘It’s been such an enjoyable offseason’

Andrew Luck: Reggie Wayne is not a traitor

LeBron: You don’t have to win championship to be great team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

‘Concussion’ director: No compromises made for NFL

Kevin Sumlin: Texas A&M players have 'chip on their shoulder'

WATCH: Elvis Andrus steals home against Padres

Seahawks went on Hawaiian vacation to ease SB tension

Robert Kraft: Deflategate 'most overblown story' in NFL

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Why Mike Trout ain't right

The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

Best and worst MLB players in August

RG3 blames intern for liking Instagram post trashing owner

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

Caroline Wozniacki smoking cover of ‘Rhapsody’

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker