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Matt Cassel To Start For Vikings

The Matt Cassel era has begun in Minnesota.

Well, at least for a little while.

The former Kansa City  QB will get his first NFL start after being cast out by the new regime in KC, thanks to a rib injury sustained by Vikings starter Christian Ponder.

This could be Cassel’s last chance to lock down a full-time starting gig in the NFL. Ponder’s play has been less than inspiring this season and the Vikings are currently 0-3.

Cassel will get his shot against a struggling Pittsburgh Steelers team. Cassel actually played pretty well against the Steelers during his time as the Chiefs’ signal caller. In 2009, after a slow start, Cassel led the Chiefs to an overtime victory against the Steelers. Cassel finished the game 15-of-3o passing for 248 yards, two TDs and no picks.

While I don’t think anyone in Minnesota thinks that Matt Cassel can be their QB of the future, he may be able to perform better than Ponder. Should Cassel shine, the Vikings will have to decide whether or not to roll with the veteran in an effort to save their season or to go back to Ponder.

Chances are, Cassel will have to play unbelievably well to secure the starting role permanently but Steelers have been bad enough this season that anything is possible. If Adrian Peterson can get the running game going, Cassel has a chance to play well.

What do you think, Addicts? Will you be rooting for Cassel this weekend?


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  • berttheclock

    and, the line has moved which way?

  • Calchiefsfan

    I have to say I will be rooting for Cassell. As far as I’m concerned he’s better than what his 2012 performance would indicate and got dealt a bad hand with Daboll and Crennel. With Charlie Weiss he had a QB rating of 93, Daboll it was fifty something. Just goes to show what a difference coaching can make as we are seeing with our Chiefs this year. I’m hoping the Vikes OC will play to Cassell’s strengths just as Weiss did.

  • steve james

    Yes stand up guy. I wish him success. That & I don’t like big Ben the groper. Love to see him & Hobo Haley loose.

  • berttheclock

    Matt C, we hardly knew ya. Do well, do well.

  • Jason Seibel

    Cassel will hang four TDs and 300 yards on the Steelers and secure the starting job for the rest of the season. #BoldPrediction
    Yes, I hope Matty C does well, but I feel bad for the Vikings fans. I see us (Chiefs fans) four years ago all over again.

  • michael mckee

    Good luck Matt

  • RepOurChiefs

    Wishing Matt a great game. Blow them burgs out the water bro!!!

  • Lyle Graversen

    Three things:

    1 – Matt Cassel is a great guy and wish him nothing but success. I would be thrilled if he earned a regular starting gig and did well.

    2 – Ponder is not good, so its entirety possible that Cassel could win the job.

    3 – I am SOOOOOOO glad that he’s not playing for KC anymore.

  • BurtGummer44

    He’ll probably be the NFC player of the week, earn the starting position, lead the Vikings to 13 straight victories, run the table in the playoffs and become the Superbowl MVP just to piss everyone off in KC.

  • ladner morse

    Yea… I want Matt to do well… in some other team’s uniform.
    Matt’s inconsistency issues broke my heart a couple of years back. I’m So. Cal guy like him so I hope he does well but you have to be realistic.

  • slapnuts

    Hobo Haley now that is funny. Hey Cassell did the best he could in KC without ever complaining or crying tothe press. Dude is a class act….maybe not a great QB. I hope he whips the steelers…

  • berttheclock

    Earlier, I asked how this affected the line move. I will answer my own question. The Steelers opened favored by one. Then, it was announced there might be a QB change and the line moved up to 2.5, then, 3. With the announcement of Cassell starting, it has remained at 3.
    However, I ask you. The US has sent some of their finest off to study at Cambridge and Oxford In 1940, the US sent military aid to England under the Lend Lease Act. Now, the US is sending the Steelers and Vikings to Wembley Stadium, with both teams being zero for three? What have the Brits done to deserve this?

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  • Danny W

    No not routing for or against. It never was like that for me. He doesn’t haven’t the skill set to thrive in the NFL at quarterback, so I don’t want him on my team. I don’t care if he has a decent game against Pittsburg I’ve seen enough of him to know what he has. I hope he invested that 63 million well so that his family is set for generations. I’m very happy he is no longer a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.