It was just over a month ago when Chrisitan Ponder‘s season hit a new low at Lambeau Field on December 2nd. The second-year quarterback threw two key interceptions that basically sealed the fate of the Minnesota Vikings on that day. But here we are a month later in the first round of the NFL Playoffs, and Ponder is returning to Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers again. What a difference a month makes.
Ponder and his team have come along way since their last defeat against the Packers that December day. They’ve railed off four straight wins, and really hit their stride as a team, even with the loss of Percy Harvin. While Adrian Peterson is the main reason the Vikings are in the playoffs, Ponder deserves credit for steering the ship. Let’s be honest, Ponder’s job is to keep it within the lines.
The team runs the ball religiously with Peterson, and from time to time they ask Ponder to complete 5-15 yard passes. When things are going well like they were last Sunday, Ponder will even take a play-action shot down the field. Last weekend he connected on a 65-yard bomb that set up a touchdown. But can he do it again this week at Lambeau?
I’m not fully convinced he can or can’t. Ponder has yet to show true greatness or terribleness in his young career. For the most part he’s just very steady, putting up decent at best numbers. Well if he wants to take the next step in the NFL at quarterback, he’s got his chance Saturday night on the road at Green Bay.
Most would agree that Peterson will keep the Vikings at least close in this contest, but he alone can’t defeat the Packers. Ponder is going to have to make some plays. If he’s successful when the big moments arise, he will indeed take the next step in his career.
Fans will find out a lot about Christian Ponder on Saturday night. The spot light is on, in what is without question the biggest game of his career. It’s time to see what he’s truly made of.
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