Vikings vs. Seahawks: Christian Ponder Completely Invisible in Vikings Loss

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 4: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings walks off the field after a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 4, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks 30-20. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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It's time to start seriously considering where Christian Ponder is in his development as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Not to say he needs to be benched, traded or lit on fire. Let's merely ask what has happened in the past month which has taken a young player on the rise to....this.

Ponder was a non-factor Sunday, with an abominable 63 yards and an interception to show for his day.

It's not all on Ponder, as his receivers dropped balls and his line allowed a tremendous amount of pressure, including four sacks and seven quarterback hits (according to

Get the man some help here, won't you fellas?

Still, Ponder pulled the ball down too quickly more than once, fled the pocket when he didn't have to and generally looked like 2011 Ponder, not early 2012 Ponder.

The shame of it is that the team wasted an Adrian Peterson game for the ages.

Sure, it wasn't even close to his best game ever (that would be Week 9 vs. San Diego in 2007, where he had 296 yards and three touchdowns) but it was a tremendous performance, his third 100-yard plus game in a row, and the capper on a tremendous comeback from a severe leg injury.

Peterson carried the offense on his back and he had to between Ponder's ineptitude, the line struggles and an ankle injury hampering Percy Harvin late.

But even his nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns weren't enough.

The defense also struggled, unable to contain Marshawn Lynch (as, frankly, was expected)  but rookie quarterback Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns and was able to avoid pressure for much of the game and make throws when he needed to.

The Vikings have a lot of work to do before they collide with the Detroit Lions, who are fresh off a beating of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That work will begin and end with their second-year quarterback getting back on track.


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