Matt Cassel may turn out to be just a one-game wonder for the Minnesota Vikings. But considering the team started out 0-3, Cassel should get a shot to keep the job until he fizzles.
Christian Ponder and the Vikings were 0-3 while he was quarterback, for an injury put Cassel back in action. He hasn’t played much since the 2010 season, but he did hit 16-of-25 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown in a 34-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Vikings have too much talent to be 1-3. With Adrian Peterson still the best running back on the planet and Greg Jennings hauling in the passes, the offense should be more reliable than it has been.
The Vikings need to go on a hot streak if they intend on competing for the NFL playoffs. That’s why coach Leslie Frazier has a tough decision to make on his quarterback situation.
Cassel hardly has a glittering background that would suggest he would win every game for the Vikings as long as he stays in at quarterback.
Cassel also had a chance to play against the struggling Steelers, although Ponder hasn’t necessarily faced a rugged schedule either. Cassel just might be ready to assume that old storyline of a quarterback who was No. 2 to start the season, got the No. 1 job because of an injury, and steers his team to a successful season.
Then again, Cassel may flop in his next start, but there’s one way to find out. Cassel has maturity on his side, and that’s what the Vikings need right now. Frazier can’t give up on the hot hand until it gets cold. That’s why Cassel, for now, should be No. 1 for the Vikings.