NFL  > Minnesota Vikings  > Christian Ponder
October 29, 2011, 05:23 PM
beyond the numbers Christian Ponder had a productive first start. He only completed 13 of 32 pass attempts but twelve of those passes were either a touchdown or first down.
Ponder went three of three on third down conversion on the Vikings final drive and led them to a score to pull them within six points. It's far too early to tell how good a quarterback he will be but he passed the eye test on Sunday.
He looked calm, confident and poised, he didn't look like the moment was too big for him. He defiantly looked like a rookie at times, staring down his receivers, looking to run when he felt pressure but all in all it was a good start to build on.

Joe Foster
www.nfcnorthafterhours.com
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October 29, 2011  06:35 PM ET

Ponder has the potential to be a starter in this league. I liked his poise throughout .. the game didn't seem too big for him. That's the kind of attitude he needs.

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October 30, 2011  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

QBR is an overrated stat. Example? Andy Dalton. Decent numbers, average QBR but he his getting the job done. Ponder can be like him, minus the easy schedule.

QB is overrated? Just ask the Colts fans if they agree with you.

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April 21, 2012  11:21 AM ET

I think quote(#14) meant that QBR is overrated, not the QB.

September 10, 2012  11:30 PM ET

I think year in and year out, he can lead the Vikes to 6 to 7 wins a season. Ponder is AVERAGE at best, I expect the Vikes to be quarterback hunting in the 1st round of the draft in the next year or two. If Adrian Peterson stays healthy than this team can win 6 to 7 games, but to say you can hang your hat on Ponder? NO.

September 10, 2012  11:31 PM ET

I think year in and year out, he can lead the Vikes to 6 to 7 wins a season. Ponder is AVERAGE at best, I expect the Vikes to be quarterback hunting in the 1st round of the draft in the next year or two. If Adrian Peterson stays healthy than this team can win 6 to 7 games, but to say you can hang your hat on Ponder? NO.

 
September 11, 2012  07:35 AM ET

Given the competition he should have had better numbers and to go OT with the Jags at home is embarrassing!

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