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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder sits on the bench during the first quarter of the season opener Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. Ponder threw for 236 yards after completing 18 of 28 passes, but also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in the Vikings’ 34-24 loss. Reuters

Turnover-prone Ponder needs to improve for Vikings


By Dave Campbell, AP Pro Football Writer

EDEN PRAIRIE — The Minnesota Vikings are set up to win without commanding performances by Christian Ponder.

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