Vikings' Ponder Says Loss to Packers 'Kind Of' a Wake-Up Call and NFC North News

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 25: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings rolls out to look for a receiver against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 28-10.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Stop me if you've heard this before.

Chris Miller of the Star-Tribune says Christian Ponder sees his mistakes and promises to correct them.

He said the so-bad-it-was-painful effort in the loss to the Packers was a "wake-up call."

Oh, wait, I'm sorry. What he said was:

"It was kind of a wake-up call that obviously I need to be doing some stuff differently, and change my game and elevate my play."

What about 119 yards, a touchdown and two picks in a big divisional showdown makes you think it was "kind of" a wake-up call?

In fact, what about the 11 interceptions since Week 4 makes you think that? Was the alarm not working? Did you hit the snooze button?

Maybe he and Adrian Peterson should share a room, since they seem to be sleeping through alarms lately.

It's not the fact that Ponder spit out the same old cliche we hear from every struggling quarterback each week, be that Mark Sanchez, Kevin Kolb or pre-2011 Alex Smith.

It's that, despite saying some version of it every week, he's not getting better.

Yes, the receivers have not been helping. Still, there are balls you throw and balls you don't throw, and Ponder is struggling to tell the difference.

It's fair to ask what else anyone expects him to say at this point. The season has devolved into disaster for him and every week it's the same questions from the media.

Still, that's only happening because we've yet to see any answers on the field.

Ponder has a lot of work to do in the last four games. He's likely to be the starting quarterback next year because the 2013 NFL Draft is bereft of NFL-level quarterbacks and free agency isn't likely to bring a starter.

That doesn't mean Ponder doesn't have to show something over the next four games.

Those games, after all, are "kind of" important.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

The hits keep on coming for the Bears as it looks like Tim Jennings could be out for this weekend, and Vaughn McClure of the Tribune breaks down what that could mean.

Micheal Wright of ESPN Chicago says the Bears won't go after Jared Allen in revenge for his season ending hit on Lance Louis.

It might be tough to see with all the injuries to the team, there is some good news as Devin Hester and rookie Alshon Jeffery returned to practice on Wednesday according to the Tribune's Brad Biggs.


Detroit Lions

Warren Sapp talks—a lot—for a living and this season his favorite topic appears to be Ndamukong Suh according to Anwar Richardson of

You can label it however you want, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Free Press, but it all comes down to losing.

Suh says he would never celebrate an injury, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.


Green Bay Packers

The Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein says the Packers' secondary is almost back to full strength.

Silverstein also points to some eerie similarities between this season and the Championship run in 2010.

T.J. Lang is hurting, so it's possible Don Barclay could play a lot (and perhaps even start) at right tackle this weekend according to the Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty.


Minnesota Vikings

Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN says with Percy Harvin's injury, we're reminded that with Harvin comes risk of injury, as well as great plays.

Dan Weiderer of the Star-Tribune wonders if there is more at work with Harvin than just his ankle.

The Pioneer-Press' Bob Sansevere says that without Harvin, things could get really ugly over the final quarter of the season.


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