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Christian Ponder - #7 - QB

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 2"/ 229 lbs.
Birthday 02/25/1988
Birthplace Colleyville, TX
College Florida State
Years played 3
Drafted 2011, 1st round, 12th pick by Vikings

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

Rating Yds TD
81.2 2935 18

Vikings thrived with fewer coaching errors

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 10:59 p.m. ET
A sounder, smarter Vikings coaching staff was a big reason for the team's success in 2012.

Expanding the playoffs a bad idea

Posted Jan. 07, 2013 @ 11:06 a.m. ET
Expanded playoffs? Bad idea if the wild-card games were a clue. Plus, how Leslie Frazier and Mike Shanahan handled QB decisions.

Vikings' Ponder inactive; Webb starts vs. Packers

Posted Jan. 05, 2013 @ 4:09 p.m. ET
Vikings QB Christian Ponder is suffering from burisitis and will not play in the wild-card matchup against the Packers in Green Bay.

Key matchup: Vikings QB Christian Ponder vs. Packers pass defense

Posted Jan. 02, 2013 @ 4:03 p.m. ET
Strange as it may sound given Adrian Peterson’s ability to take over a game, the Packers must focus on Vikings QB Christian Ponder.

Webb on ready alert if Vikings call

Posted Dec. 07, 2012 @ 12:37 p.m. ET
Joe Webb remains the backup QB to Christian Ponder for now, but things could change if the passing game continues to struggle.

Key matchup: Vikings QB Christian Ponder vs. Bears defense

Posted Dec. 05, 2012 @ 4:24 p.m. ET
In Wednesday’s key matchup, we delve into Sunday’s meeting between struggling Vikings QB Christian Ponder and a banged-up Bears defense.

Rookie QBs shine while 2011 class mired in slump

Posted Nov. 06, 2012 @ 12:29 p.m. ET
PFW publisher Hub Arkush analyzes the QB classes from the past two NFL drafts.

Ponder struggling but will not be benched by Vikings

Posted Oct. 28, 2012 @ 1:24 p.m. ET
Vikings QB Christian Ponder is in a rut, but he's not in danger of being benched soon.

Key matchup: Bucs defense vs. Vikings QB Christian Ponder

Posted Oct. 24, 2012 @ 4:34 p.m. ET
In today's Key Matchup, we consider the opportunity awaiting Vikings QB Christian Ponder, who has a chance to end his slump against the Bucs.

Ponder developing nicely for Vikings

Posted Sept. 28, 2012 @ 3:51 p.m. ET
Christian Ponder has improved his game in a few important ways, and the Vikings are getting better offensively because of it.

The First Fifteen: Week One

Posted Sept. 05, 2012 @ 3:33 p.m. ET
Here are the top 15 early story lines for Week One, including an interesting second-year QB battle between Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder

Ponder makes strides in Vikings' first action

Posted Aug. 12, 2012 @ 2:25 p.m. ET
QB Christian Ponder played far better than his stats indicated in the Vikings' preseason opener.

McNabb wise to job hunt, but not to fool himself

Posted June 29, 2012 @ 9:54 p.m. ET
I don’t blame Donovan McNabb for wanting to come back to the NFL, but he's no starting quarterback.

Vikings like Webb's QB potential behind Ponder

Posted June 23, 2012 @ 1:07 p.m. ET
While Christian Ponder will enter training camp as the Vikings' starting QB, the intriguing Joe Webb will continue to develop at the position.

Start will be key for Vikings

Posted April 17, 2012 @ 10:34 p.m. ET
The Vikings have a chance to jump out to a strong start in 2012, as they have just three games vs. ’11 playoff opponents before their Week 11 bye.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted Jan. 06, 2013
Ponder's strong finish to the regular season may have gone a long way toward solidifying his spot as the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. The offense's dreadful performance in the playoff game against Green Bay with him on the sideline probably didn't hurt his standing, either.||||||| Ponder was a late scratch Saturday night because of a bruised triceps and backup Joe Webb was unable to get anything going in a 24-10 loss that ended Minnesota's surprising season. If the Vikings make any moves at quarterback, it could be to add a veteran backup to Ponder.
Posted Jan. 05, 2013
Ponder is inactive for Minnesota's wild-card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers because of a right elbow injury.||||||| The surprise announcement about 90 minutes before Saturday's game means Joe Webb will start at quarterback for the Vikings. Ponder was hurt when Packers safety Morgan Burnett delivered a jarring hit on a blitz when the teams played last Sunday. Ponder finished the game with a career-high 120.2 passer rating and three touchdowns in the 37-34 win.
Posted Jan. 04, 2013
The Minnesota Vikings have listed Ponder as questionable for their playoff game on Saturday against Green Bay.||||||| Ponder was limited in practice all week with a bruised right elbow. He hurt it when it hit a Packers helmet on the follow-through on Sunday, and he remained in the game to finish one of the best performances of his career.
Posted Jan. 02, 2013
Ponder is dealing with a sore right elbow that has been limiting him in practice this week as they prepare for a playoff game at Green Bay.||||||| Coach Leslie Frazier says he isn't concerned with Ponder's ability to play in the game on Saturday. Frazier says he expects Ponder to ramp it up in practice on Thursday and be ready to go for the third game this season between the division rivals.
Posted Dec. 31, 2012
Ponder helped the Vikings clinch a playoff spot by going 16 of 28 for 234 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota's victory against Green Bay on Sunday.||||||| In a season in which Ponder has often been maligned for dragging down the Vikings' offense, he came through in a big way in Minnesota's most important game.

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