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First-down factors: Vikings' run vs. pass

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The Vikings have been contrarians in their approach to first down this year. They buck the league trend, and when it comes to McNabb vs. Ponder, they buck the perception of fans. We go in-depth with the first-down numbers, looking at the successes and failures of Peterson, Ponder and McNabb.

So what are the primary differences between the Vikings with Donovan McNabb at quarterback and Christian Ponder? The answer may be how the coaching staff has approached first down. The Vikings have been as predictable as just about any team in the league when it comes to how they approach first down. While coaches and players will preach about establishing the running game, through the...

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