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    Vikings-Packers III: Blitzing Ponder


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    Interesting read....... This one kindof dovetails into that rather nicely...

    But then, a funny thing happened. While Adrian Peterson continued going berzerk against opposing defenses and Minnesota's defense continued to step up their game, Christian Ponder got better. How much better? ESPN.com NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert puts it into perspective.
    But after a disastrous Week 13 performance against the Packers, Ponder quietly turned himself around and had the NFL's second-best QBR (86.8) over the final four games of the season, trailing only Peyton Manning. Over the second half of the season, Ponder's QBR on third down -- measuring not only passes but also his scrambles -- was the league's second best.
    Ponder Gets Better As Pressure Increases - Daily Norseman
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrdro View Post
    Interesting read....... This one kindof dovetails into that rather nicely...



    Ponder Gets Better As Pressure Increases - Daily Norseman
    That is definitely a positive with this guy and a pretty rare trait. His rookie season he also showed a fair amount of ability to make 3rd down plays even when he looked like shit on 1st and 2nd downs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tastywaves View Post
    That is definitely a positive with this guy and a pretty rare trait. His rookie season he also showed a fair amount of ability to make 3rd down plays even when he looked like shit on 1st and 2nd downs.
    People forget that he lead the league last year in (can't remember which) either Red Zone conversion or 3rd down conversions (I think itwas the first) and at the start of the year he was tops in alot of categories, especially completion percentage. All good things when your running a WCO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrdro View Post
    People forget that he lead the league last year in (can't remember which) either Red Zone conversion or 3rd down conversions (I think itwas the first) and at the start of the year he was tops in alot of categories, especially completion percentage. All good things when your running a WCO.
    How many times was he in the red zone last year?

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    I was pretty happy with Ponder's play the last few weeks of the season ... and he will again have a chance to show growth and maturity this weekend in Green Bay.

    I am definitely not in the throw him to the wolves camp ... but I am also not in the he does no wrong camp. He still has a long way to go for me to feel like he is going to be the answer at this spot for the next 10 years ... but I feel like that is still a possibility ... which is a good thing.

    He does not have to win in Green Bay in the playoffs for me to be happy. I understand that is a tall task. But I do expect him to not blow the game and expect him to be able to make a few plays when we need him to. That will be a real sign of growth between the last time he was at Lambeau and this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrdro View Post
    People forget that he lead the league last year in (can't remember which) either Red Zone conversion or 3rd down conversions (I think itwas the first) and at the start of the year he was tops in alot of categories, especially completion percentage. All good things when your running a WCO.
    Well considering Ponder threw 8 TD's last year while in the redzone & Brady threw 29 TD's while in the redzone, I don't think it was the first.

    Considering he only played in 11 out of 16 games last year, I find it hard to believe he led in the 3rd down conversion category also. Not sure what the breakdown was between Ponder & McNabb, but as a team we finished 14th with 38% 3rd down conversion success to the Saints (Brees) 56%.

    The actual numbers aren't listed.
    NFL Football Stats - NFL Team Third Down Conversion Percentage on TeamRankings.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrdro View Post
    Interesting read....... This one kindof dovetails into that rather nicely...



    Ponder Gets Better As Pressure Increases - Daily Norseman
    Nice spin. The original article shows a QB that cannot seem to be effective when blitzed. I think the packers will blitz him early and often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singersp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marrdro View Post
    People forget that he lead the league last year in (can't remember which) either Red Zone conversion or 3rd down conversions (I think itwas the first) and at the start of the year he was tops in alot of categories, especially completion percentage. All good things when your running a WCO.
    Well considering Ponder threw 8 TD's last year while in the redzone & Brady threw 29 TD's while in the redzone, I don't think it was the first.

    Considering he only played in 11 out of 16 games last year, I find it hard to believe he led in the 3rd down conversion category also. Not sure what the breakdown was between Ponder & McNabb, but as a team we finished 14th with 38% 3rd down conversion success to the Saints (Brees) 56%.

    The actual numbers aren't listed.
    NFL Football Stats - NFL Team Third Down Conversion Percentage on TeamRankings.com
    Why does Marrdro spew this garbage?

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    Today is the day for Ponder to grow up. I think he can do it if the elbow's OK. The O Line needs to step up today and keep him clean. Receivers need to get some separation. AD needs to do what he does. D needs to knock Rodgers around a little. Skol Vikings.

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