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Lockout Got Ponder Ready For Starting Role

For the second time in his brief career, impressive rookie Christian Ponder will face the Packers. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy used the word "composed." Clay Matthews called him "poised." And he's energized a Vikings team that was sinking fast.

By Minnesota Vikings standards, it's a pretty low measuring stick. With a win against the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, Christian Ponder would tie the franchise record for most wins by a rookie quarterback. That would be two, set by Fran Tarkenton in 1961, when he looked like anything but a future Hall of Famer with eight losses in 10 starts. Ponder, the 12th pick of April's draft, kept the...

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