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Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder is going to have to tighten his game up if he is going to lead Minnesota to any more wins this season.
Last week against the Raiders, Ponder's turnovers could have been the difference in the game, as he threw three costly picks.
Ponder's first pick came in the second quarter, with the Vikings on Oakland's 21 yard line. Leading 7-3, the Vikings were poised to score again, but Ponder threw a pick which Oakland capitalized on in their next possession with a touchdown.
Ponder's second pick came in the third quarter with the Vikings trailing Oakland 24-7. After the Vikings defense sent the Raiders off the field on a three and out, Ponder and the offense took over.
However, on the first play of the drive Ponder was once again intercepted, and this time, the Raiders capitalized on the turnover with a field goal.
Ponder's final interception came during the fourth quarter in the midst of the Vikings comeback. With Minnesota in scoring position on Oakland's five yard line, Ponder threw a pick to a defender standing in the end zone.
The pick, which could have been very costly, didn't end up hurting as bad, as the Raiders fumbled on the ensuing possession, giving the Vikings the ball back.
Regardless, this kind of play will not win close games.
Hopefully, Christian Ponder has gotten a good look at the film and can improve on his mistakes this week.