Surprisingly, Ponder has held his own and gone toe-to-toe with Rodgers for the first 30 minutes of play. Here is what the Vikings will need to do in the second half to pull off the upset.
1. Continue To Play Inspired Football
The Vikings have led at the half three times this year, only to lose. The Vikings are playing with a lot of emotion for Ponder and will need to continue giving 110 percent effort to beat a team of the Packers' caliber.
2. Continue To Feed Adrian Peterson Inside
AP has done a nice job running hard between the tackles and the Vikings will need to keep getting him the ball to take pressure off of Ponder.
3. Play Action for Ponder
For a young player in his first start, Ponder is advanced in his ball fake ability. With the Packers keyed in on AP, play action to get Ponder rolling to his right will continue to open up passing lanes.
4. Misdirection with Percy Harvin
Harvin had two carries in the first half. To keep the Packers guessing, the Vikings should get him on an end-around and a couple runs against the defense's grain to take additional pressure off of Ponder.
5. Hone in on Defensive Pass Coverage
Rodgers completed his first 13 passes to seven different receivers. The Vikings D needs to start reigning it in to take a couple receivers off their game to limit Rodgers' ability to spread the entire field.