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Sunday slant: QB regressing, not progressing

Christian Ponder (Jon Dahlin/Viking Update)

The Vikings were hoping for continuous progress from Christian Ponder this year. Instead, he has regressed as the season has progressed, as the numbers show. That gives him four games to turn around a souring evaluation of him by fans.

The Vikings divide their season into quarters to set short-term goals, but looking at Christian Ponder's stats on a month-by-month basis this season shows declining productivity, not the progress the Vikings were hoping to see. First, the good news for those optimistic that Ponder can still live up to his first-round draft status: In 12 starts he has actually improved in his second NFL season and...

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