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Raiders Sign QB Christian Ponder

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Christian Ponder on Friday.

Ponder spent the last four seasons with the Vikings and will be reuniting with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave in Oakland.

Ponder has played in 38 games with 36 starts, throwing for 6,658 yards, with 38 touchdowns, 36 interceptions and a 75.9 passer rating.

Ponder's signing means that veteran Matt Schaub's days are numbered in Oakland.  Ponder is expected to compete with second-year quarterback Derek Carr.

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Packers Sink Vikings 42-10

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Aaron Rodgers continued to give the Green Bay Packer fans another reason to relax.

Rodgers completed 12 of 17 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Packers past the Minnesota Vikings 42-10 Thursday night.

After a four-and-out on their first drive of the game, the Packers scored on consecutive offensive possessions on two Rodgers' touchdown passes, the second being a 66-yard bomb to Jordy Nelson.

This game was good for anybody wearing green: Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushed for over 100 yards for the first time this season and two touchdowns in the win.

The Green Bay defense did its part, turning the Vikings over three times, one of them being a 49-yard pick-six to linebacker Julius Peppers.

After the Packers lost two out of their first three games of the season, the Green Bay fans were getting restless. That prompted Rodgers to tell the Packer fans to "relax" during his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee. Since then, the Packers have blown out both the Chicago Bears and now the Vikings.

Christian Ponder, who started in place of the injured Teddy Bridgewater, completed 22 of 44 passes for 144 yards and two interceptions, while rushing for one touchdown.

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Christian Ponder's Option not Picked Up By Vikings

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up quarterback Christian Ponder's fifth-year option before Saturday's midnight deadline, meaning the former first-round pick will become a free agent after this season.

Ponder would have made over $9.6 million in 2015 if the option was picked up.

The 26-year-old Ponder seems to be behind Matt Cassel on this season's depth chart and there has been speculation that the Vikings could take a quarterback in the upcoming draft.

Ponder has played all three of his NFL seasons with the Vikings. During that time he has a 14-20-1 record, completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 6,436 yards, 38 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

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Vikings Get Past Redskins, 34-27 on "Thursday Night Football"

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- If the Washington Redskins hope they make it back to the playoffs this season, they now face a steep uphill battle after their 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.

Adrian Peterson led the way for the Vikings as usual. He carried the ball 20 times for 75 yards, while also scoring two touchdowns.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was the real story of the game. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards to go with two touchdowns and one interception. But he left the game late in the third quarter with a dislocated shoulder on his non-throwing left arm.

The Vikings are now 2-7 on the season, while the Redskins fell to 3-6.

"We just played the way we were supposed to," Ponder said. "We executed like an NFL team is supposed to, especially a 10-6 playoff team like we were last year. We really needed that, to help out with our confidence, and now that's our expectation for the rest of the year."

For the Redskins, Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 281 yards and tossed three touchdowns while running back Alred Morris had 139 rushing yards.

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Christian Ponder To Start Sunday For Vikings 

Tom Dahlin/ Getty Images(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) --  The Minnesota Vikings will start Christian Ponder at quarterback for Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers, the team announced Friday.

Josh Freeman started last week's game against the New York Giants, but he suffered a concussion in the loss and is forced to sit out this week.

"I think it's true to say that I was frustrated and down, but I didn't let that affect me," Ponder said. "I know this is an opportunity to step back and improve on some things and I did. It's got to translate out to the field, though. I'm excited."

The Vikings drafted Ponder in the first round of the 2011 draft.  He took over as the starting quarterback seven games into his rookie season and held the job until suffering a fractured rib on Sept 22. of this year against the Cleveland Browns.  He passed for 691 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions before the injury.

Matt Cassel will serve as Ponder's backup while Freeman recovers.

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Vikings QB Josh Freeman to Start Against Giants

Marc Serota/Getty Images(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) --  Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman will start Monday night's game against the New York Giants, the team announced Wednesday.

"Our anticipation is he will play well," head coach Leslie Frazier said.

Freeman signed with the Vikings last week after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team had originally planned to let Freeman sit another week in order to become more comfortable with the offense, but the team sped up the timetable after watching him excel in practice all week.

Freeman is familiar with the Vikings' offense thanks to his days at Kansas State University. He played for Ron Price while in college, who who worked with Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave when the two were at Virginia together.

"I took out my old books, and started going through, looking at some of the different principle concepts in the offense, the run game," Freeman said. "There's a lot of carryover to different concepts. We've just been grinding. Some stuff sticks faster than others, but it's been good."

In three starts for the Buccaneers this year, Freeman threw for 571 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions while completing just 45.7 percent of his passes.

Christian Ponder will be Freeman's primary backup.

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Vikings Sign Quarterback Josh Freeman

Marc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Josh Freeman free agent tour is over as the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has decided to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that Freeman signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the team.

With an injury to starting quarterback Christian Ponder, the team will see if Freeman can come in and inject new life into the team.

Ponder is recovering from a fractured rib, but was ineffective when he was on the field. He was completing 59.0% of his passes and had thrown five interceptions to just two touchdowns.

For Freeman, he finds a new team after a messy divorce from the team that made him the 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft. He and head coach Greg Schiano clashed, and the relationship was unable to be salvaged.

The 25-year-old Freeman started three games this season and completed just 45.7% of his passes and threw two touchdowns compared to just three interceptions.

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Cassel to Start Sunday for Vikings

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(WATFORD, England) -- The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback Sunday against Pittsburgh in place of the injured Christian Ponder.

Ponder has a fractured rib which he suffered last Sunday in the second quarter of the Vikings loss to the Cleveland Browns.

"We just made a decision, what's best for me and my health and for this team," Ponder said. "It stinks, but it is what it is, and I'll be back in for Carolina (Week 6)."

The injury means the Vikings (0-3) will start the 31-year-old Cassel against the Steelers (0-3) in London.

Cassel signed a two-year, $7.4 million contract with Minnesota in the offseason. Before joining the Vikings, Cassel played his previous eight NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots.

Cassel was drafted by New England in 2005 and served as Tom Brady's backup until 2008, when Brady was injured in the first game of the season and lost for the year. Cassel took over the starting duties and led the Pats to an 11-5 record earning him a contract with the Chiefs. During his second season in Kansas City, Cassel led the Chiefs to the playoffs and made the Pro Bowl, but things went downhill for Cassel after that and he was eventually released this offseason.

"I've been through it a lot, but at the same time you get those butterflies and everything," Cassel said Friday. "I just found out this morning before practice. At the same time I've been preparing for this and I feel like I'm ready to go. I had a good week of practice and now it's about going out there and executing on Sunday."

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Browns Upset the Vikings In Minnesota, 31-27

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- If you thought the Cleveland Browns were giving up on their season, you thought wrong as they upset the Vikings 31-27 on Sunday.

Earlier in the week, the Browns traded away running back Trent Richardson, who was the third pick in the 2012 Draft. They also announced that third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer would start for the injured Brandon Weeden.

Hoyer wound up completing 30 of 54 passes for 321 yards with three touchdowns, but did also throw three interceptions.

After being suspended the first two games of the season, Browns' wide receiver Josh Gordon made his return with authority, as he caught 10 passes for 146 yards with a touchdown.

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron continued his strong start to the season as he caught six passes for 66 yards along with three touchdowns.

For the Vikings, they now fal to 0-3 to start teh season while the Browns picked up their first win of the season.

Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder completed 25 of 42 passes for 228 yards with an interception. Running back Adrian Peterson had 88 rushing yards and a touchdown.

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Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier Defends Quarterback Christian Ponder

Andy Clayton King/Getty Images(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) -- Despite his struggles in Week 1, the Minnesota Vikings are standing behind quarterback Christian Ponder.

"Christian, he made some mistakes, but he's not the only reason we didn't have success on Sunday," Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said. "Our team did not play well, and that affects the quarterback as well. It wasn't just Christian, it just so happens that he plays the position that's under the most scrutiny."

In the team's 34-24 loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday, Ponder completed 18 of 28 passes for 236 yards along with three interceptions.

Last season, Ponder became the team's full time starter after making 11 starts his rookie year in 2011. He threw for 2,935 yards with 18 touchdowns. While he put up respectable numbers, the team was hoping for more out of him after making him the 12th pick in the 2011 draft.

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