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Continued: Plenty goes right in Vikings win

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 12, 2012 - 7:03 AM

All last week, Frazier promised there’d be adjustments to the offense — to protections, to routes, to play calls.

Sunday, those tweaks led to a season-best 34 points.

“The key,” Frazier said, “is Christian being able to go through his progressions. If something was taken away, go to the next guy. Be patient in the pocket. Deliver the ball on target.”

To that end, Ponder was solid. Yes, there was that early deep strike and TD toss to Wright. But more important, there was also the revival of the Ponder-to-Kyle Rudolph connection, good for seven completions and 64 yards, including a 20-yard score.

Some pregame words of wisdom from quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson seemed to calm Ponder.

“Coach Johnson talked about just going out and playing without worrying about the consequences of your throws,” he said. “Go out and let ’er rip. That’s what I did.”

Afterward, the good vibrations were everywhere, with Charlie Johnson providing the most fitting explanation.

In Week 11, the Vikings will be on bye, giving them two full weeks to absorb Sunday’s result. A double-digit victory certainly provided a lot more peace of mind than a third consecutive loss would have.

“This will help guys relax more,” Johnson said. “If we had lost this, going into the bye with three straight losses, that’s a lot of time to be thinking and trying to figure stuff out. … You can never relax in this league. But [with a win like this], you can take a deep breath with the understanding that when we do play, we can play pretty well.”
 

Dan Wiederer dan.wiederer@startribune.com

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