EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings are bringing a victory into their bye week.

They finally had some breaks go their way and beat Carolina on Sunday to raise their record to 2-6 after Ponder’s second NFL start. The first-round draft pick from Florida State was more efficient than in his debut defeat to Green Bay and just as poised. Plus, he made fewer mistakes.

The rookie had a turnover-free game and again came up with several clutch third-down completions.

After a rough first half, the Vikings are eager for a week off. They’re practically eliminated from the playoff chase, but they’re still optimistic about potential success over the last two months of the season.

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Comments (4)
  1. LAVikings says:

    Yes, they had many lucky breaks in this game. Don’t get too excited as they may not have more than 1 or 2 other winnable games left in the season.

  2. james2 says:

    Go Ponder. He has a strong arm, great throw, and he can run. He just started, and with some coaching I think the Vikes will finally be winners. Remember that Rogers had to get experience before winning a title. Go Ponder! My gut tells me that this is a good thing. Ponder and Frazier = WIns!

  3. zee the reporter says:

    I would like to see the vikings stay in minnesota! it’s good for minnesota we can save on an open air stadium~ the twins did it lets get it done!!!

  4. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    With Christian Ponder at the helm I would like to believe the Vikings could end 10-6. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!

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