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?