Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vikings QB Ponder Shows Poise of a Veteran

The Vikings Would Not Have Won Their Season Opener Had Ponder Not Made the Plays

On Sunday Christian Ponder made the Vikings scouts and coaches look smart for selecting him in the first round of last year's NFL draft. The quarterback started the game slowly but ended with a passer rating of 105.5. Even better, he shined at the right moments.

He was cool in the game's final seconds, taking only two plays to get into field goal range for rookie kicker Blair Walsh. He rifled an accurate pass to wide receiver Devin Aromashodu for 26 yards, and then another safer, shorter pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph. Then in overtime he didn't do anything stupid. He just moved the offense, getting into field goal range again.

The offensive line blocked well for most of the game, and Adrian Peterson seemed to be close to his old form. Some of the coaches' play calling was strange during the first half, but the Vikings did seem to play better as the game went on. Viking fans are hoping Ponder will build on his success and keep the team competitive for the long NFL season.

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