Skip to main content

Ponder: 'I can't play not to lose'

He’s had a rough three weeks, but Christian Ponder is keeping his chin up. The Vikings quarterback told reporters today he knows he has to make better decisions on the field, but not be too conservative. The rookie says says he “can’t play not to lose. I’ve got to play to win.” Ponder takes on the Washington Redskins Saturday.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

He’s had a rough three weeks, but Christian Ponder is keeping his chin up. The Vikings quarterback told reporters today he knows he has to make better decisions on the field, but not be too conservative. The rookie says says he “can’t play not to lose. I’ve got to play to win.” Ponder takes on the Washington Redskins Saturday.

Next Up

Nero

The Raptor Center's ambassador, Nero the turkey vulture, dies at 47

Nero helped save the California condors before taking up his post as an education ambassador.

Ben Leber

Ben Leber named new permanent co-host of 'Twin Cities Live'

The former Minnesota Vikings linebacker was introduced Friday afternoon.

MPR

APM Reports, maker of 'In the Dark' podcast, nixed by Minnesota Public Radio

MPR said "select programming elements" of APM Reports will be incorporated into MPR News.

storm, severe

The latest on holiday weekend severe weather chances for MN

The most significant severe threats are Sunday night and again on Monday.

Arianna Vos

Charges: Driver was drunk, high in head-on crash that killed 19-year-old woman

The young woman killed in the crash was a college student studying zoology.

motorcycle

Motorcyclist killed in Ham Lake after passing in the turn lane

The motorcyclist was hit by a car turning onto the road.

Keith Ellison

Minnesota gets cut of Ford settlement over misleading ads

The $19.2 million settlement centers on Ford's C-Max hybrid and Super Duty pickup truck.

Richfield High School

Richfield High School closed for day after threat

District officials say the threat is not believed to be credible.

Related

Ponder: 'I need to show improvement'

Christian Ponder wasn't surprised when he was taken out of last Sunday's game in Detroit. The rookie quarterback admits he needs to "show improvement" and "do a better job of holding onto the ball." Ponder's counterpart this week, Drew Brees, says young players "got to face adversity."

Ponder might be playing through pain Sunday

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder says he’s still sore and stiff after suffering a hip pointer in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. Ponder didn’t practice today, and he may not practice much all week, but he says he’ll spend time watching film and do everything he can play in Detroit this weekend.

Ponder practices, questionable for Sunday

Rookie Viking quarterback Christian Ponder returned to practice Friday after nursing a bruised hip. The Pioneer Press reports he was throwing passes alongside backups Joe Webb and Sage Rosenfels. He and Adrian Peterson are listed as questionable for Sunday.

Is Ponder out of Luck?

Fox Sports North's Bob Sansevere says if the Vikings lose out and earn the first overall pick in April's NFL draft they should take quarterback Andrew Luck. The Stanford stud is the consensus top-pick and would likely usurp Christian Ponder if he were drafted by Minnesota.

Frazier to Ponder: 'We'll get a lot of wins together'

Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder says Leslie Frazier told him they will "get a lot of wins together" following Sunday's disappointing loss to the Raiders. Ponder threw three interceptions in the game, but Frazier remains confident in the rookie QB.

Ponder: I have to 'play almost mad'

After a poor start against the Jaguars on Sunday, Christian Ponder had to remind himself to "play almost mad." In other words, Ponder said he needed to change his attitude and start playing with a sense of "relentlessness."

Ponder plays, Peterson doesn't against the Lions

Quarterback Christian Ponder will take the field against Detroit with a sore hip. Adrian Peterson, though, will sit this one out.

Ponder on 2011: 'I played poorly'

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder says his team is “ecstatic” to get the season started. He says he has no real concerns, except to play well. Ponder says there’s also a lot for him to improve upon this year and said having a full preseason was “huge.”