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Christian Ponder Watch: Ponder Impresses in Start vs Panthers

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Carolina missed a potential game-tying field goal attempt with less than a minute left to give the Vikings a win, but Christian Ponder is getting credit for driving the team down the field late in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning FG. The Star-Tribune's Jim Souhan is saying that what's impressing Vikings coaches most is his poise and clutch passing. The Detroit Free Press says that Ponder looked better than Cam Newton on Sunday. Christian has clearly found a favorite target in Adrian Peterson, whose receiving yards for the season more than doubled on Sunday. Going forward, Ponder must look to improve the production of his TEs, particularly Visanthe Shiancoe, who is in the final year of his contract and has been criminally underutilized in the first half of the season.