You're probably wondering what all this talk of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is all about.
Because I put together a Ponder-inspired Lions-Vikings preview (1 p.m.)
Ponder is earning a reputation as an efficient, defense-dissecting young gun. He's one of the most surprising players in the NFL this season, and he has a couple targets that have helped him be one of the league's most accurate passers.
Let's take a look at a few numbers... just for fun, of course.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder this season:
26-23 OT win over Jacksonville: 20-27, 270 yards
23-20 loss to Indinapolis: 27-35, 245 yards, two touchdowns
24-13 win over San Francisco: 21-35, 198 yards, two touchdowns
Ponder has yet to throw a pick this year (four touchdowns, 68-97 passing, 713 yards)
Ponder vs. the Lions
Sun. 12/11 the Vikings lost 34-28
Ponder was 11-21, threw two touchdowns and three interceptions.
As one of the league’s up-and-coming young quarterbacks, Ponder has displayed poise and maturity this season while leading the Vikings to a 2-1 record. His performance against the 49ers this past Sunday was indicative of that; his stats weren’t flashy, but he got the job done against one of the league’s top defenses.
Since 2011, Minnesota leads the series 17-5, with the Lions claiming victory the past three meetings. Each win by Detroit was slim (34-28 in Dec. 2011 at Detroit; 26-23 on Sept. 25, 2011 at Minn.; 20-13 Jan. 2, 2011 at Detroit).
Watch out for Minnesota’s Percy Harvin
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway on Harvin: “Percy's the best player in the NFL right now. I'd like to see anybody challenge that with the way he's carrying the football and the way he's really driving our team along.”
Harvin through three games – nothing short of outstanding
27 catches for 277 yards -- no touchdowns, though
He had a season-high 12 catches and 104 yards in Vikings’ 23-20 loss to Indy in Week 2, and has had at least one 20-yard grab in each of three games.
Standard Williams-Fairley section
DT Corey Williams underwent knee surgery, out for at least a few weeks. That means Sammie Hill and Nick Fairley have to improve their play and rise to the occasion.
Fairley on his development: "I feel like it's going at a good pace," he said. "Of course, I want to speed it up, go out there, and make a lot of plays, but that's not going to happen overnight. I have to keep putting in the hard work and it's going to come for me."
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