Ponder had threw two interceptions in the Vikings' (4-2) 38-26 loss, lost another possession when his arm was hit and he fumbled, and had at least seven passes that fell incomplete because of inaccuracy.
The worst was a short pass intended for Michael Jenkins that was badly overthrown and intercepted by former Vikings safety Madieu Williams, who returned it 24 yards for a touchdown and a 31-12 Redskins lead.
"My feet weren't right. Jenks is wide open 5 yards in front of me and the ball just sailed on me," Ponder said.
"It wasn't good. I knew right when it left my hand it sailed on me and the guy was sitting right there and intercepted it. It wasn't good."
Ponder's 83.2 passer rating was his second-lowest of the season, and his 67.3 completion percentage was the third-lowest. It was also the second straight game in which he threw two interceptions after starting the season with four games without an interception and being the last starting quarterback in the league to throw one.
"The other game was very similar – two poor throws," he said, referencing the two interceptions he threw in a blowout win over the Tennessee Titans. "It's not really decision-making. I'm not really making bad decisions. It's something that's easily correctable. I think a lot of it has to do with my footwork and it's something I'll look at this week."
Ponder said he is comfortable in the pocket, but, just as he suggested in the preseason, he needs to step up in the pocket sooner and maybe more often.
"It's not really (a matter of being) comfortable in the pocket. It's being better moving around in the pocket," Ponder said. "The one to Jenkins I was hitching up so I was looking left and he was on the right and I never got my foot all the way to the right and that's why … it kind of sailed on me. That's me (doing) a better job of moving around in the pocket, not really being more comfortable.
"I think when I get myself in trouble is when I get to the top of my drop and just hop there and sit back there rather than moving forward. I definitely make a lot of my better throws when I move forward."
Sunday also marked just the second game he took four sacks. The other time also came in a road loss, that time to the Indianapolis Colts.
"There are going to be some bumps in the road. That's part of the process, but it's only going to get better with time," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said.
"For the most part, he had a good pocket. There were times he had to move. They made him move and he got off his spot a few times, but I don't think it's anything to be alarmed with at this time."
For the season, Ponder is completing 68.8 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns, four interceptions and 92.5 rating.
"We just need to do what we're doing better," he said. "… We're not going to do anything crazy different."
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