Matt Cassel hasn’t exactly been an abomination to the quarterback position with the Minnesota Vikings in the 2013 NFL season, but he definitely hasn’t been good. Throwing the ball 159 times for Minnesota this season, Cassel has completed just 59.1 percent of his passes for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns while throwing four interceptions and losing two fumbles.
The best thing that you can really say about Cassel’s play with the Vikings this season is the fact that he was able, for all intents and purposes, to hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson without any problems. However, as the Vikings welcomed the Philadelphia Eagles in week 15, they were without Peterson and his backup, Toby Gerhart.
Minnesota’s third-string back, Matt Asiata, came in and certainly got a full workload as he carried the ball 30 times. In terms of yardage, though, Asiata was ineffective as he rushed for only 51 yards. However, he did punch the ball into the end-zone three times en-route to a surprising victory for the Vikings. However, it was actually Cassel that carried this team.
Throwing the ball 35 times in this game, Cassel completed a solid 26 of his attempts for an impressive 382 yards, two touchdowns and only one interception. Moreover, Cassel also took the ball in for a touchdown by himself early in the third quarter. He was sincerely a huge factor in the Vikings’ being able to put up points on Philadelphia and consistently put together drives.
A good game against a weak Eagles’ defense is undoubtedly inadequate to warrant putting your faith in Cassel, but it was nice to see the Vikings not be let down again by poor quarterback play. Now only if Cassel could make Peterson’s life easier and perform this well when the star back is on the field.