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Updated: November 20th, 2013 12:06pm
Despite recent benching, Ponder will start Sunday at Lambeau Field

Despite recent benching, Ponder will start Sunday at Lambeau Field

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has officially been named the starter for Sunday's game at the Green Bay Packers, per coach Leslie Frazier

Ponder was benched for the first time this season in a game on Sunday after he threw two interceptions in the span of four throws in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks. However, Ponder doesn't have a shorter leash against the Packers despite his unstable performances this season, according to Frazier. 

"Christian Ponder is going to be our starting quarterback against Green Bay. Looking forward to watching him perform and lead our team to a win on Sunday. I'm sure some of the follow-up questions will be, why?" Frazier said. "I believe, like in every decision you make, you try to make a decision based on who you think gives you the best chance to succeed. In our case, we think that's Christian at this point. He's had some success against Green Bay's defense. He's familiar with their team and their personnel." 

"Christian gives us the best chance to be successful on Sunday." 

This isn't the first time Frazier's used that line for Ponder, who will start his eighth game of the season on Sunday. But Ponder is just 13-20 as a starter in his career and 1-6 this season. He's accounted for 13 of the team's 22 turnovers on the season. 

"I was operating under the assumption that I would be [starting]," Ponder said. "Unless I was talked [to] otherwise. But I appreciate coach Frazier having the confidence in me to be able to go out this week and play." 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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