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Sunday slant: Excuses eliminated for Ponder

Christian Ponder (Bob Levey/Getty)

Christian Ponder started his career with an offensive line in flux and a weak receiver corps. Both issues have been addressed and he is in his third year, meaning it's time for his big leap forward … or else.

The Vikings have stockpiled weapons and simultaneously disarmed themselves from excuses. The year of 2013 will be the make-or-break campaign for Christian Ponder. During the first 26 starts of Ponder's career, there were alternate possibilities for issues with the Vikings' passing game. In 2011, when he supplanted Donovan McNabb as the starter after only six games, there were problems on the...

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