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Christian Ponder struggled, again, completing 12 of 25 passes for 119 yards with a touchdown and two picks.
This storyline is almost becoming as consistent as the sun rising. At some point, it won't be worth mentioning because everyone will expect it.
But once again, Christian Ponder struggled mightily on Sunday. Yes, he's without his favorite offensive weapon, but he didn't show the ability to make many throws regardless of who the target was.
Ponder finished 12-of-25 for 119 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. His passer rating was 36.0.
He still gets too uncomfortable in the pocket too quickly and likes to take off outside before giving the receivers the full opportunity to run their routes. FOX analyst Troy Aikman pointed out on one particular play that if Ponder had sat in the pocket for an extra second and looked off Green Bay's safety, then he could have hit Kyle Rudolph for roughly a 25-yard touchdown pass. Instead, he took off for about an eight-yard run.
When Adrian Peterson ran a streak down the sideline and burned his defender, leaving nothing between him and the end zone, Ponder underthrew the game's best back. He didn't even give Peterson a chance to make a play.
Now, those calling for Joe Webb to start, hold up. Ponder is only a second-year pro, not even one full season in as a starter. He's awful right now, but he needs time. Minnesota needs to fully invest itself into its 2011 first round pick. Now is not the time to bail. If he's still struggling at this time next season, let's talk.