Minnesota Vikings Wisely Choose Matt Cassel To Lead Team Into Must-Win Game

By Andrew Fisher
Matt Cassel
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It’s been an odd week for the Minnesota Vikings‘ quarterbacks, mainly due to the signing of free agent Josh Freeman on Sunday. Even though just two weeks back the Vikings were in full support of Christian Ponder, that has changed in a big way heading into week six. Now, Minnesota essentially has three QBs vying for the starting spot. But when it comes to this Sunday, the Vikings have already made their decision. Matt Cassel will get his second consecutive start against the Carolina Panthers.

Leslie Frazier made it clear earlier in the week that Freeman would not enter into the equation this Sunday. That’s no doubt the right call, because there’s just no way he could be up to speed with a new team in less than a week. Ponder was said to have split snaps with Cassel this week in practice after being medically cleared, but he sounded less than optimistic about his future in his session with the media on Thursday.

But after all the speculation, Minnesota undoubtedly made the right call to stick with Cassel. The Vikings’ veteran players are said to be in full support of him and he flat out played well in the team’s only win this season in week four.

It’s clear that Frazier and his staff are itching to give Freeman a shot behind center, but I believe they need to stick with Cassel for now. He if continues to make the Vikings’ passing game a threat in week six, how could they really justify yanking him out of the lineup?

One thing is for sure, everyone will know a lot more by four o’clock on Sunday afternoon about where this Minnesota team is headed in 2013.


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