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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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