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Ponder Takes First Win in NFL into Bye

3:07 PM, Oct 31, 2011   |    comments
Christian Ponder works out at the University of Minnesota on Monday.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings are bringing a victory into their bye week. 

They finally had some breaks go their way and beat Carolina on Sunday to raise their record to 2-6 after Ponder's second NFL start. The first-round draft pick from Florida State was more efficient than in his debut defeat to Green Bay and just as poised. Plus, he made fewer mistakes. 

The rookie had a turnover-free game and again came up with several clutch third-down completions. 

After a rough first half, the Vikings are eager for a week off. They're practically eliminated from the playoff chase, but they're still optimistic about potential success over the last two months of the season.








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