Originally written November 02, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Fingers have been squarely pointed in quarterback Christian Ponder's direction the past few weeks as the Minnesota Vikings' passing game has ground nearly to a halt and struggled to find any sense of rhythm or continuity. Ponder accepts the responsibility and has taken the blame that comes along with being Minnesota's leader on the field. His coaches and teammates have worked recently to deflect the fault away from their struggling second-year starting quarterback. Indeed, Ponder needs better protection from the offensive line, which started the season strong but has struggled as teams have amped up blitz packages in recent weeks. And receivers need to get better separation from defensive backs. But with a few extra days of preparation time due to playing on Thursday last week, the Vikings' coaches have been able to dissect just what is troubling the passing offense and came in this week with a few teaching points for Ponder, the line and his ...
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