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The numerical breakdown of Christian Ponder's rebound performance

Posted by: under Vikings, Vikings offense, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin Updated: November 12, 2012 - 11:00 AM

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder snapped out of a funk in Sunday’s 34-24 win over Detroit. Ponder went 24-for-32 for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked only once, didn’t turn the ball over and added 15 rushing yards.

With Percy Harvin – the NFL’s receptions leader heading into Sunday – sidelined with a sprained left ankle, the Vikings offense had to turn elsewhere for aid. Adrian Peterson’s 171 rushing yards certainly helped. But Ponder also completed passes to 10 different players and the Vikings coaching staff did its best to open up the field with subtle schematic adjustments. Here’s a quick statistical breakdown of Ponder’s day.

BY TARGET
To receivers: 9-for-14, 136 yards, one TD
To tight ends: 8-for-10, 75 yards, one TD
To running backs: 6-for-7, 25 yards
To himself: 1-for-1, minus-15 yards
 
BY FIELD
Outside the numbers, right: 4-for-5, 19 yards
Outside the numbers, left: 8-for-9, 53 yards, one TD
Between the numbers: 12-for-18, 149 yards, one TD
 
BY DEPTH
Passes thrown to players at or behind the line of scrimmage: 8-for-9, 9 yards
Passes throw 1-10 yards downfield: 11-for-16, 71 yards, two TDs
Passes thrown more than 10 yards downfield: 5-for-7, 131 yards
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Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
NY Mets - WP: D. Gee 5 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. McCarthy 2
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: C. Lee 0
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 2
Cleveland - WP: Z. McAllister 3 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 2
Washington - WP: D. Storen 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 3
Seattle - LP: F. Rodney 2 FINAL
Texas - WP: P. Figueroa 3
Boston 4 Bottom 11th Inning
Chicago WSox 3
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Houston 4
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
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LA Angels 1
Colorado 1 Bottom 7th Inning
San Diego 3
Los Angeles 1 Top 7th Inning
San Francisco 1
Chicago 86 FINAL
Charlotte 91
Indiana 101 FINAL
Orlando 86
Atlanta 111 FINAL
Milwaukee 103
Dallas 105 FINAL
Memphis 106
Detroit 111 FINAL
Oklahoma City 112
Houston 100 FINAL
New Orleans 105
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
San Antonio 100
Brooklyn 85 FINAL
Cleveland 114
Philadelphia 100 FINAL
Miami 87
Utah 136 FINAL
Minnesota 130
Washington 118 FINAL
Boston 102
Toronto 92 FINAL
New York 95
Golden State 79 3rd Qtr 3:30
Denver 67
LA Clippers 66 3rd Qtr 6:21
Portland 74
Phoenix 71 4th Qtr 11:10
Sacramento 78
Montreal 5 FINAL(OT)
Tampa Bay 4
Columbus 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 4
Dallas 2 3rd Prd 18:07
Anaheim 4
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2

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