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Pondering Ponder Again

Posted by: Jim Souhan under Vikings, Leslie Frazier, Vikings offense, Adrian Peterson, Leslie Frazier Updated: December 9, 2012 - 6:07 PM

You can look at it as a positive, that the Vikings' running game and defense were strong enough on Sunday that they rarely needed to throw the ball.

Or you can look at it realistically and say that quarterback Christian Ponder continues to regress.

Sunday, he completed 11 of 17 passes, which is fine, but he threw for just 91 yards against a defense stacked up to stop Adrian Peterson. He took just one sack, but almost fumbled while foolishly trying to throw the ball away on a play that could have turned into a game-turning fumble.

He threw one awful interception into triple coverage. And he continued to look skittish in the pocket.

His post-game press conference lasted less than two minutes, because we have nothing left to ask him and he has nothing left to say.

He's a nice guy, if that sort of thing matters to you. He really is. He's accountable and friendly and honest and all that good stuff. But he's playing lousy football.

If there was a positive development in the passing game, it was that there were a few Michael Jenkins sightings on Sunday. He caught four of the five passes thrown his direction. With Kyle Rudolph catching zero passes, Jenkins at least helped move the chains a few times.

My Monday column is about what the victory meant for the team and Leslie Frazier.

I'll be on WJON in St. Cloud on Monday at 7:15, and on 1500ESPN at 2:05 p.m. with Reusse & Mackey.

Please follow me on Twitter at @Souhanstrib.

 

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