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Make no mistake about it, Ponder the key to Vikings success

It's year number three for Christian Ponder, kind of hard to believe. Needless to say, it's put up or shut up time for lucky number seven. What does that mean? In layman's terms (or Layne Staley's terms if your passions are geared more toward the music of Alice in Chains), there are 'No Excuses' for another erratic sophomore slump-fest. Namely, because this is not a sophomore campaign. It's time for a rather inconsistent signal caller to prove his worth under center...or there is a guy named Matt Cassel who made people forget about Tom Brady (however briefly) dying to take his place.

And it's not like he doesn't have the weapons to work with. Sure, gone is Percy Harvin. (Crybaby) Percy Harvin; the only attribute outweighing his talent, his exhausting irascibility. Maybe his perpetual tears won't seems so out of place in rainy Seattle. (Weak joke, I know.) In his place comes consistent pro Greg Jennings from rival Green Bay. He'll team with Jerome Simpson, rookie Cordarrelle Patterson, and rising star Tight end Kyle Rudolph to form a formidable receiving corps.

And let's not forget a certain number 28 who only managed to compile 2,097 yards on the ground last year. They do call him 'All Day' for a reason. Any way you look at it, Christian Ponder should have no problem improving on his somewhat underwhelming numbers of last season: 483 Attempts 300 Comp 2,935 Yds 18 TD 12 INT...

One can only hope. Well, I (for one) am doing more than that. I've been in Christian's corner from day one. I'm a believer. He may never become another Fran Tarkenton but I think he'll be a solid quarterback capable of consistently leading this team to the play-offs; possibly, deeper than one could expect.

If not, there's always Matt Cassel.

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