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Ponder's downfield aggressiveness ‘essential'

In five quarters of play, Christian Ponder has half the number of 20-yard pass plays as Donovan McNabb had in 23 quarters of play, and the downfield threat is an important element to the Vikings offense. Plus, the Vikings explain their approach on punt and kick returns.

The Vikings had their first play drawn up four days before Christian Ponder made his first NFL start. He would fake the handoff to Adrian Peterson, roll right and go through his progressions, looking first to a tight end inside and then downfield to a receiver. It worked seamlessly when he found his second read, receiver Michael Jenkins, wide open down the left sideline. Although Ponder came up... Recommended Stories

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