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Vikings still believe Christian Ponder is best option at QB

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Christian Ponder struggled on Sunday, but coach Leslie Frazier says the QB's job is safe.

Joe Robbins

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier reassured members of the media that Christian Ponder would remain Minnesota's starting quarterback. Frazier made the announcement following a shaky performance by Ponder against the Green Bay Packers in which the QB completed just 12 out of 25 pass attempts for 119 yards, surrendering two interceptions.

At his Monday press conference, Frazier said, "We believe that Christian is our No. 1." But he quickly qualified that statement by saying, "If things get to a point where your No. 1 is really costing you some situations that could preclude winning, you do have to do what's best for the football team."

Despite a disappointing effort on Sunday, Ponder has been a reliable option for much of this season. His 62.5 completion percentage ranks 12th in the NFL, ahead of quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Jay Cutler, Eli Manning, and Joe Flacco. Still, Ponder's struggles against the Packers may have prevented the team from winning a close game. A red-zone interception and five three-and-outs have some Minnesota fans calling for backup quarterback Joe Webb to get a shot.

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