Vikings vs. Packers: Why Minnesota Must Build Around QB Christian Ponder in 2013

January 6, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Christian Ponder didn’t play in the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 loss to their rival Green Bay Packers on Wild Card Weekend. 
Yet, his absence told us everything we needed to know about the struggling second-year quarterback.
He is very much needed in the Twin Cities. 
We learned that fact as Joe Webb filled in for the injured Ponder and struggled heavily against a team the incumbent had beaten just a week earlier. 
But this isn’t a knock on Webb. The situation was unfavorable, and the game plan didn’t match his strengths. Webb hadn’t thrown a pass all season prior to this contest plus, the Green Bay defense was stingy and his best target was a tight end. 
This is more of praise for Ponder.
Yes, the Florida State product also had his struggles this year. 
He was at the helm of the 31st-ranked passing attack in the league boasting a 81.2 quarterback rating on the season, good for 43rd place in ...

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