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Updated: November 1st, 2013 1:04pm
Frazier names Christian Ponder the starter on Sunday at Dallas

Frazier names Christian Ponder the starter on Sunday at Dallas

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, coach Leslie Frazier announced on Friday. 

Frazier did not name a backup as they're still deciding. 

Ponder will get his second straight start after an 0-3 start ended by a rib injury, only then to be benched for backup Matt Cassel and then for free-agent signing Josh Freeman

"As always, you're hoping that a guy will have a great game and you don't have to have these conversations going forward," Frazier said. "I'm hoping he has a great game on Sunday, and can lead us to victory and move on from there. It's just like the rest of our season, it's one game at a time for us right now." 

The Vikings went back to Ponder after Freeman suffered a concussion in his first and only start at the New York Giants on Oct. 21. Freeman was cleared to start practicing on Oct. 25, but the Vikings still chose to go with Ponder. 

"We're in the business of winning games. Christian gives us the best chance to win and that's how we're going to approach it," Frazier said. "Now there may come a point where you have to make a decision for different reasons, but we're in a position right now where it's purely based on who gives us the best chance to win."

Ponder will make his 31st start since being drafted 12th overall in 2011. He's 0-4 this season with just two passing touchdowns. He's 12-18 as a starter. 

After getting a second chance on Sunday night, Ponder pulled the trigger on just 21 of 29 pass plays called and completed 14 passes. He went without a turnover for the first time this season, but converted just 2-of-8 third-down opporutnities and scored one meaningful touchdown in the game. 

"Obviously, I want to be out playing but ... if the worst that can happen is getting benched again, it's already happened to me," Ponder said. "I'm trying to go out there and play loose and enjoy it."

The Vikings have started three quarterbacks and it was assumed Ponder would need a win to keep his job this week. However, the Vikings don't appear to be ushering Freeman into the starting role like they did last month and are content with giving Ponder another shot. 

"I know that I have to perform to have myself stay on the field. I don't know what the plan is after this week," Ponder said. "Just like last week, my future ends after Sunday's game. I don't know what's going to happen after that. But it's another opportunity to go out there and play."

Cassel and Ponder were the only two quarterbacks to stay after practice with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. Frazier has "an idea" of who he wants to be the backup and it seems like that's Cassel. 

The Vikings week-to-week quarterback plan will have to be expedited next week as they host the Washington Reskins on Thursday night football. 

"I don't know. I have to see how this game goes and then discuss what happens next. I've got some thoughts, but they're distant thoughts," Frazier said. "What's at the forefront is going up to Dallas and getting a win."

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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