Christian Ponder faced a blitz from the Green Bay Packers about 75 percent of the time he dropped back to pass on Monday night.
Given Ponder's stats in that game – 16-for-34 passing for 190 yards, three sacks, one interception and a 52.3 passer rating – he's expecting more of the same Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
"(The Packers) brought a lot of pressure. Obviously we didn't do well against it, but I'd suspect a lot of teams are going to pick up on that and it's going to be what's going to happen in the future," Ponder said Wednesday after having a chance to look at the film.
While the Packers brought pressure from all areas of their defense, Ponder said the Raiders aren't quite as dynamic in their blitz packages.
"They don't do as many as the Packers do. They kind of find a couple that they're good at and stay with them and use them multiple times a game," Ponder said. "But they're good at them. They don't do many because they're good at what they do."
While Oakland has 23 sacks (Green Bay now has 22), the Raiders have no one with more than six. Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley leads the way with six sacks, followed by defensive tackles Richard Seymour with five and Tommy Kelly with 3.5. No one else has more than two.
Two of Ponder's three sacks Monday night came from blitzing linebacker Clay Matthews and the other one was from linebacker Erik Walden, showing the success of the Packers' linebackers "getting home" on their rushes.
"I think they game-planned really well. I think the biggest thing is they brought a lot of pressure and it worked well," Ponder said. "I think once they realized early on that the pressure was getting to us, they kept bringing it. They did a good job of keeping me contained and not letting me get out and run with the ball as well."
Ponder said the outside pressure Green Bay brought from its linebackers taught him he has to be able to step up in the pocket instead of trying to scramble to the outside, and he realizes teams may start doing that more because his mobility outside the pocket. He admitted he will get better with that as he gains more experience.
Even so, he is well-versed on the veteran line of thinking regarding blitzes.
"Our mentality is blitzes bring big plays," Ponder said.
"It's going to come with experience where I'm going to recognize that and go for the big play."
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