By Robert Reidell @bjreidell6 on August 19, 2014
The last time Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel took a snap under center at Arrowhead Stadium he was wearing a red jersey. When he takes the field this Saturday, however, he will don a purple Vikings jersey. Cassel, who led the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs in 2010, will have an opportunity to decide the Vikings' quarterback competition against his former team. How will Cassel fit into my bold predictions for this Week 3 matchup?
Barr will be looking to make it three straight stellar preseason performances this weekend against the Chiefs, and there is little reason to believe he will disappoint. A large portion of the Chiefs' offense revolves around plays designed to create YAC. Barr is the ideal defender for this style of offense due to his speed and dominating physical frame. Expect him to feast on the Chiefs' bubble screen attempts in a dominating overall performance.
Continuing on from the previous point, Smith, who likely will only be on the field for a short time, will struggle mightily against a much-improved Vikings defense. Everson Griffen will run over a weak Chiefs’ offensive line while Xavier Rhodes and Captain Munnerlyn shut down a mediocre wide receiver group. Expect for Smith to be excited to hand the ball over to Chase Daniel after a couple of series against the Vikings’ first-team defense.
With the Cassel-Bridgewater competition dominating the headlines, many have overlooked how terrible Walsh has played this preseason. He has already missed two field goals and an extra point that nearly cost the Vikings a win last weekend. However, the last time Walsh struggled to convert field goals during his senior year at Georgia, he responded with a record-breaking rookie season with the Vikings.
Preseason depth charts may be unofficial, but it is ridiculous that Anthony Fasano is currently listed ahead of Kelce, who has dominated the preseason with 136 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Fasano is extremely limited while Kelce has shown qualities of a contemporary NFL tight end, stretching the field and creating mismatches. Kelce deserves to be the No. 1 tight end in Kansas City, and Andy Reid will give him the opportunity this weekend.
Last week I predicted that Bridgewater would have a terrible outing based off his week of practice. After a resilient and masterful performance against the Arizona Cardinals, Bridgewater’s confidence should be at an all-time high. This confidence coupled with consistent improvements will lead to another special performance. Cassel will play well, but not well enough to outplay the rookie QB who has been making his doubters look foolish.
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