Some of you snubbed your noses last week at our developing man-crush on Christian Ponder. Then the Minnesota Vikings quarterback went out and slayed the San Francisco 49ers, leading the brain trust behind "Madden NFL 13" to hop on the bandwagon.
Ponder's gutsy showing against the 49ers defense spurred programmers at EA Sports to bump his overall rating from 77 to 79. The second-year starter has rallied the Vikings to a surprising 2-1 start and trails only Matt Ryan with a 70.1 completion percentage after three games. Ponder did an excellent job extending plays against the 49ers and his 33 yards rushing included a 23-yard touchdown burst that made its way into our top-five runs of the week.
Ponder wasn't the only beneficiary. New York Giants running back Andre Brown jumped from a 67 overall rating to 73 after rumbling over the Carolina Panthers for 113 yards in relief of Ahmad Bradshaw. Meanwhile, rookie Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton went from a 65 to a 70 to reflect his outrageous four-catch, 113-yard outburst against the Jacksonville Jaguars over the weekend.
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