Ponder backed up his coach's belief by completing 12 of his 18 passes for 173 yards, a touchdown and no more turnovers over the 33 minutes of game time that remained after the interception -- a hurried, softly aimed throw on an out route the quarterback called afterward "a terrible play."
Ponder has a lot more to prove if the Vikings are going to commit to him beyond this year, but his response to his fifth turnover of the season was strong enough for them to warrant giving him more opportunities to show he can be a capable starter. Matt Cassel was signed as a more-experienced backup, but his record isn't exactly spotless,Kanken Big Backpack Uk, either.