Vikings Have Nothing to Lose By Starting Matt Cassel Over Christian Ponder

By Dan Parzych
Matt Cassel
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There were plenty of quarterbacks on the hot seat heading into the 2013 season, but one of the biggest names was Christian Ponder as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback had received plenty of opportunities over the last two years to prove himself. While he’s looked impressive at times, Ponder has never been able to live up to his true potential and thanks to a rib injury along with an 0-3 start–it looks like the Vikings will be relying on another quarterback for at least now.

Matt Cassel will reportedly start at quarterback for Minnesota on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers as the two winless teams will square off against each other in London. With all of the concerns surrounding Ponder heading into the 2013 season when it comes to whether or not he has what it takes to be a starting quarterback in the league, the Vikings brought Cassel on board with the intention of the quarterback bringing some of his veteran leadership to the table.

Now, the team hopes he can provide a spark to a passing game that ranks 23rd in the league heading into Week 4–mainly because of Ponder’s struggles at quarterback.

After reaching the playoffs last year, the Vikings were expected to be contenders in the NFC once again–especially after signing Greg Jennings during the offseason. Instead, the team has looked flat-out awful over their first three games of the regular season and with the way the rest of the NFC North is playing–the Vikings better figure out a way to pick up some wins soon before it’s too late.

Whether or not Cassel is the answer to make that happen–guess Minnesota will find out on Sunday.

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