EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings know they're not going to maintain their winning record in the second half of the season if they don't improve their passing game.

As built as they are around running back Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder's struggles have hindered the offense recently. Ponder said Wednesday he's refocused on his fundamentals, concentrating on his footwork in the pocket when the pressure is on.

But the Vikings believe their breakdowns have been due to a variety of factors, from poor protection by the offensive line to bad decisions by Ponder to receivers not finding open spaces to simply good, smart defense against them.

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