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    Christian Ponder - NFL's Leader In Completion Percentage

    Vikings QB Christian Ponder leads NFL in completion percentage

    Ponder is flying under the radar. He actually leads the NFL with a 75.8 completion percentage after two weeks of play.
    Not bad.

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    The last two games he has come out flat, and seems very uncomfortable in the pocket for the first half. He then wakes up in the second half where you can see his confidence rise. I love his ability to pass on the run with great accuracy.

    I would like to see a full solid game from him. I think he has a bright future if things fall right with OL improvements, maybe added playmakers at reciever etc...

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    I'd like to see more deep throws just to stretch the field. Why should teams take any defenders out of the box if we don't throw more than 5yds down field? Hopefully things will open up a bit more when Simpson returns. Otherwise teams are going to quickly catch on to our short game and this is going to be another very long painfully low scoring season.

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    Not only that, but he also averages 10.9 yards per completion (8.3 yards per attempt).

    So far Ponder is exceeding my expectations for him, although it HAS only been two games - against two shitty defenses at that. I am anxious to see how he preforms against San Fran.

    So far against the 49ers, we have seen Rodgers (IMHO one of the best QBs in the NFL right now) for 30/44 (68%) for 303, 2 TDs and 1 INT and Stafford go 19/32 (59%) for 230, 1 TD and 1 INT. However, both Rodgers and Stafford lead offenses that are completely different than ours. They are both predicated on a dynamic passing attack, while the Vikings offense is built around the run and short, accurate passes.

    Now I'm not saying that Ponder is going to light the 49ers up, but if our offensive line can hold off their pass rush I think Ponder can still put up some respectable numbers. I am predicting high 60's low 70's for completion % and around 250 yards.

    We still lose the game though, unfortunately.
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    I have been pretty happy with him, Harvin, Peterson and Rudolph for the most part.

    I would like to see a little more consistency once we get on the other side of the 50, but of course, less penalties will help there as well.

    I actually think this offense will be more than serviceable when Simpson gets on the field. I am still curious to see if Ponder can stretch the field at all with more weapons ... I don't know how much I trust his arm downfield.

    I do trust his short game so far though ... and am looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

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    So what. Ya I like the numbers but what are the percentages past 15 yards?

    I hope he has high percentage numbers with 4 yard throws. This offense is offensive and needs to get much better. I like Ponders progression don't get me wrong but he needs more weapons.
    I bet you could use a cool one huh Clark...Now you're talkin Eddie...

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    Quote Originally Posted by battleaxe4cheese View Post
    So what. Ya I like the numbers but what are the percentages past 15 yards?

    I hope he has high percentage numbers with 4 yard throws. This offense is offensive and needs to get much better. I like Ponders progression don't get me wrong but he needs more weapons.
    If you are looking for the type of offense that we had in the 90's or the kind that Green Bay has now, you simply aren't going to see it - that is not the type of offensive that we are building around.

    This offense is going to be based on the run and short pass, with the occasional longer pass to keep the safeties out of the box. It is going to make its impact using YAC as opposed to yards in the air. Simpson will certainly help out with the long pass, but receivers like Harvin and Rudolph will always be the focal point of the passing attack.

    At first I didn't like this idea, but the more I thought about it... if we can get 8 yards per pass attempt and a high percentage on first and second down, that translates into long, sustained drives. And in the first couple of games, that is what we are seeing - no, not all the time, but more than I remember seeing the Vikings do in recent memory. We definitely need to work on completing the drive with TDs though.

    I think this has at least the potential to be a successful offense.
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    I like what I'm seeing so far. Ponder is growing. That's all I am looking for. I think as long as he doesn't have a set back with his confidence he can turn out pretty well for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thorshammer View Post
    I like what I'm seeing so far. Ponder is growing. That's all I am looking for. I think as long as he doesn't have a set back with his confidence he can turn out pretty well for us.
    I'm concerned the 49ers represent a big set back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcdon00 View Post
    I'm concerned the 49ers represent a big set back.
    i'm a proponent of the it takes a challange to learn and move forward..

    how many players in any sport reach that elite status by just practicing themselves..
    by never being tested, pushed, even beaten down?

    I'm not hoping that Ponder gets crushed.. but I do hope that if he's knocked back a few steps, he rises again, gets back on the horse and works to improve so the next time it won't happen as it did then. lets look at some of his peers.. Stafford, threw 4 ints.. came back to win the game.. THIS is something i hope ponder can do.. (not the ints.. but the drive to keep trying and succeed)

    I've mentioned this in another thread. Ponder has taken several steps forward. as well as maybe a step or two backward.. but this is the learning curve.. and in his first real season as the defined Starter i'm surprised in his poise, his growth, and his lessons learned. Now is he close to that elite status? no.. i'm not a qb so take this with a grain of salt.. he still can't fool a D by looking off a receiver, he misses some of the tricks of the trade that you see the great qb's use to keep defenders off their desired target, his read progression sometimes misses the key windows.. will he overcome these? that's the hope, and seems to be that's the road he's moving down. lets just hope (knock on wood) he keeps healthy enouf to keep down that path.


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