"Evidenced by what he did on Sunday against a high-powered Green Bay offense and a very good Green Bay defense, having to match points to a degree," Frazier said. "This is a team that had scored 55 points the week before and for us to go out and score 37, our highest output of the season, a lot of that has to do with Christian."
"So he's shown that he's capable of making those plays that we need from the quarterback position in critical moments," Frazier said. "So, yes, we can get it done if we have to get into that type of ballgame."
People aren't going to believe in Ponder until he does it consistently, but during a season in which first-year passers surged, patience is at an all-time low.
Ponder is a young quarterback, and young quarterbacks don't develop on identical timelines. The Vikings are satisfied with Ponder's growth, and the team is rolling into the NFC playoffs. Things could be worse.