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Ponder named Vikings' starting quarterback

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) looks on during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

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Christian Ponder was named the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Head coach Leslie Frazier made the announcement on Friday.

"Christian Ponder gives us the best chance of winning," Frazier said.

Ponder got the nod over Josh Freeman, who was signed by the Vikings in early October and started the October 21 game against the New York Giants. Freeman missed last week's game against the Green Bay Packers with a concussion, but he is healthy this week.

Freeman went 20-for-53 for 190 yards, no touchdowns and an inception in the 23-7 loss to the Giants.

Ponder is 0-4 as a starter this season, but the Viking scored at least 24 points in each of his starts.

In the Vikings 44-31 loss to the Packers on Sunday, Ponder was 14-for-21 for 145 yards and no touchdowns.