|BY PASS PLAY||CMP||ATT||YDS||CMP%||AVG||LNG||TD||INT||SACK||RAT||ATT||YDS||AVG||LNG||TD|
|Pass Thrown Behind Line of Scrimmage||91||108||590||84.3||5.46||32||2||1||0||91.7||0||0||0.0||0||0|
|Pass Thrown 1-10 yds||134||204||1,104||65.7||5.41||22||9||3||0||87.9||0||0||0.0||0||0|
|Pass Thrown 11-20 yds||38||83||677||45.8||8.16||45||2||6||0||52.1||0||0||0.0||0||0|
|Pass Thrown 21-30 yds||4||20||102||20.0||5.10||33||1||1||0||44.2||0||0||0.0||0||0|
|Pass Thrown 31-40 yds||0||7||0||0.0||0.00||0||0||0||0||39.6||0||0||0.0||0||0|
|Pass Thrown 41+ yds||1||3||54||33.3||18.00||54||0||1||0||42.4||0||0||0.0||0||0|
These stats are remarkably horrible. 312 of Ponder's passes have been thrown 10 yards or less downfield. Of those efforts, he has completed 72%. On passes over 10 yards, he is 43 of 113 (38%).
But once you get above 20 yards, my lord. 5 of 30, 16.7%. Beyond 30 yards? 1 of 10 - 10%. Let's compare these stats to someone believed to be a dink and dunker with a weaker arm - Drew Brees.
Drew Brees under 10.001 yards - 252 of 381 - 66%. Passes over 10 yards - 104 of 193 (53.9%). Beyond 20 yards? 29 of 70. 41.5%. Beyond 30 yards? 12 of 32 - 37.5%.
So, despite the fact that Brees is regarded as boosting his stats by short passes, in reality, Ponder's 90% mark on passes behind the line of scrimmage is really all that keeps him from being a complete laughingstock. Brees, who has thrown the ball 200+ times more than Ponder, has only thrown 111 balls behind the line of scrimmage - Ponder 108.
The Vikings have played 15 games - they throw the ball beyond 20 yards around twice a game, with the likelihood being that no such passes will be completed (one every three games).