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08:06 AM ET 10.26 | For his part, Christian Ponder admits he has to be better than he was in Thursday's loss to Tampa Bay. Ponder has become a victim of the Vikings' fast start. Suddenly, there are expectations and responsibilities. Too many, really, for a second-year quarterback. We could see this coming. There has been recent talk about Ponder holding back the offense, even though the team has been winning. Now he's being seen as more of a liability than a young quarterback with a bright future. Now, he has become an obstacle to overcome. It's too bad, really, because it's as if we can see his confidence ebb and flow from series to series. He sort of gets some personal momentum going, then flubs up for an extended stretch.

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October 26, 2012  08:13 AM ET

The Vikings are proving that they still are a below average team. I feel for Peterson and Harvin.

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October 26, 2012  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I feel for Peterson and Harvin.

I feel for Samantha Steele.

Unfortunately, no matter how much groping in the dark I do, she's not there.

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October 26, 2012  08:30 AM ET

He looked pretty rough last night

October 26, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Ponder just needs more time to develop. He'ss turn it around.

October 26, 2012  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Vikings are proving that they still are a below average team. I feel for Peterson and Harvin.

Retruning to form. They could still finish below .500, and out of the playoffs.

Things are returning to normal.

October 26, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Funny how a few weeks ago when they beat the Niners , everyone was talking about the fastest rising star in Ponder. Well , Ponder this "you and your team are not as good as you think you are .

October 26, 2012  08:54 AM ET

He's just not that good.

October 26, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He's just not that good.

Even Rex Grossman managed to look good the first month of the Bears 2006 Super Bowl season. After that, not so much...

October 26, 2012  09:07 AM ET

I prefer Ponder Texas

October 26, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I prefer Ponder Texas

I prefer Alexis Texas

October 26, 2012  10:07 AM ET

a good title would be "PIONEER PRESS PONDERS PONDER"S POOR PERFORMANCE" they seem a bit hard on the kid.....

October 26, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Tampa was the better team last night.

October 26, 2012  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I feel for Samantha Steele.Unfortunately, no matter how much groping in the dark I do, she's not there.

Not that that'll stop you from furiously groping in the dark, right? By the way, yeehaw on the Alexis Texas ref. Follow the mesmerizing bouncing butt.

October 26, 2012  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Not that that'll stop you from furiously groping in the dark, right? By the way, yeehaw on the Alexis Texas ref. Follow the mesmerizing bouncing butt.

Inside every gray-haired old man is the same dirty-minded 14-year-old boy he's always been.

October 26, 2012  11:07 AM ET

Ponder needs an offensive coordinator. The play calling was brutal. Made TB look alot better than they were. For starters, if your facing a blitz on every other play and the corners are tight, you might want to try a quick slant. Very few throws inside the numbers.

October 26, 2012  11:10 AM ET

Looked like he was betting on TB................Thanks jerk-off......as seems vegas was 75% Vikings...go figure....

October 26, 2012  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Ponder needs an offensive coordinator. The play calling was brutal. Made TB look alot better than they were. For starters, if your facing a blitz on every other play and the corners are tight, you might want to try a quick slant. Very few throws inside the numbers.

It was his decision making that was brutal...dude was totally inaccurate and made horrible reads. Mayock continued to point out open throws that he simply overlooked, cant blame the coach for that.

 
October 26, 2012  11:23 AM ET

He's still a rookie, I see more promise on him than on a bunch of established QBs. He won't be an elite superstar next season but he won't be a Gabbert.

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