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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.
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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.

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