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Matt Cassel will start for Vikings

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The Vikings sent a hint about who would be their starting quarterback against the Steelers at Friday’s practice when Christian Ponder was on the sideline without a helmet during the portion of practice open to the media.

They confirmed it a short time later. The Vikings have announced that Matt Cassel will get the start against Pittsburgh in Sunday’s game at Wembley Stadium in London.

Coach Leslie Frazier was adamant earlier this week that the only way Cassel would start was if Ponder’s fractured rib was too bothersome for him to be in the lineup, a statement designed to combat the notion that the injury was a convenient reason to make a quarterback change that many in Minnesota have been clamoring for during the team’s 0-3 start. Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Frazier said Friday that the team felt it was too risky to put Ponder out there with the rib injury. There’s no timetable for his return.

The decision will push a real answer to that question until after the Steelers game and the bye week to follow. If Cassel plays well on Sunday, there will be pressure for Frazier to keep him at quarterback moving forward regardless of Ponder’s health. If not, the Vikings will be 0-4 and Frazier will be feeling pressure of an entirely different sort.

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  1. boe747 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:08 AM

    Bout dang time

  2. bcgreg says: Sep 27, 2013 8:09 AM

    I always wondered what any team saw in Ponder to warrant a 1st round pick. I follow ACC football and just didn’t see top talent from him at FSU. He was definitely a draft worthy player just not in the first round. 3rd round tops. Cassel isn’t great, but he throws better. One of two things this week. Pittsburgh looks to stop AP, which will loosen up the secondary for Cassel to have a good game. Or, Pittsburgh, knowing Cassel is a better passer than Ponder, backs off the line a little opening it up a little for AP. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in this game.

  3. skoobyfl says: Sep 27, 2013 8:10 AM

    This isn’t New England, so expect a loss.

  4. fwippel says: Sep 27, 2013 8:11 AM

    Oh, no! 0-4, here we come. I expect Cassel will get sacked about 5-6 times, and end up hurt.

  5. jjackwagon says: Sep 27, 2013 8:12 AM

    I hope the Vikes O-line can protect him for 15 seconds because that’s how long he needs to make a decision on where to throw the ball.

  6. ottawabrave91 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:14 AM

    sorry Vikings fans. we chiefs fans know how this will end for you.

  7. packersarethebest says: Sep 27, 2013 8:15 AM

    My dream of seeing Gregg Jennings stats drop to zero is closer to becoming a reality. I bet you’re starting to miss that other QB who you disparaged in the offseason, huh, Gregg?

  8. illogic87 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:21 AM

    Good for Cassel! I hope he proves his critics wrong with a strong performance

  9. chiefsnfl says: Sep 27, 2013 8:28 AM

    I hope Cassel is the answer for the Vikings because he sure wasn’t for the Chiefs. He is a great guy for sure, but he puts the ball in bad spots where WR’s will get lit up by defenders, and he will ALWAYS throw an INT in the final minutes of the game if he is required to drive the ball for a win.

  10. igwaybwekay says: Sep 27, 2013 8:28 AM

    He’ll be better than he was in Kansas City, not as good as he was in New England, but most importantly, BETTER THAN PONDER.

    Big game for the Vikings receivers. Sticky hands fellas.

  11. mnwildfan15 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:34 AM

    MBT! MBT! MBT! Cassel will go down by halftime. Then the true franchise qb will get his chance. McCloud Balthazar Bethel-Thompson

  12. bilk74 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:35 AM

    Good to hear. Cassel will keep job barring injury.

  13. AD2K5 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:37 AM

    This is Joe Webb all over again. Cassell comes in, wins a game or two more than Ponder would have, thus knocking us down a spot or two in the draft and costing us a shot at a franchise QB. START PONDER!

  14. jonnyfootball82 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:38 AM

    All that matters is who is starting for the Lynx. I smell another WNBA championship!

  15. okemon says: Sep 27, 2013 8:39 AM

    i dont think cassle will replace ponder but this may be a shot in the arm to get things going the other way.

    sometimes a change is all you need. hopefully a win on sunday for the vikes, ponder comes back the following week or the one after that and he can show once and for all if hes going to succeed. Remember people, ponder doesn’t even have 32 games under his belt. I’m still cheering him on for this season.

  16. okemon says: Sep 27, 2013 8:40 AM

    also Cassle in the preseason threw to the Flash. hopefully he can connect with Patterson in the London game. will be fun to see.

  17. fwippel says: Sep 27, 2013 8:42 AM

    As long as Bill Musgrave is calling the plays, I don’t expect a different result this week.

    I hope Cassel doesn’t end up getting hurt, but I expect him to be sacked at least five times.

  18. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 27, 2013 8:43 AM

    Hopefully Cassel can add to the 14 points that Roethlisbooger regularly awards to the opposing defense.

  19. TBaySlim says: Sep 27, 2013 8:43 AM

    i dont think cassel is great but hes a change and thats what was needed, heck Gus Ferrotte led us to the playoffs in 08, that being said we know cassell has a stronger arm, lets see him air it out to patterson and jennings a bit. I think at this point we know what ponder is and what he will not be, did the vikes GM reach for the pick, yes, will it be the last time a team does that..nope, let hope the next time the vikes pick a QB high in the draft they dont miss fire like they have on jackson and ponder..The GM’s track record on drafting other players besides the QB is pretty solid

  20. Patriot42 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:45 AM

    I didn’t just dream this up but Cassel will fold up like a lawn chair because watching him do it for a few years gives me some in sight.

  21. brianschielnc65 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:51 AM

    Cassel was not exactly surrounded by high level talent the last couple years in KC. I think this moment is what he’s been preparing for. He’s at the fork in the road.

  22. sterling7 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:53 AM

    Couldn’t hurt!

  23. footballwithoutpolitics says: Sep 27, 2013 8:53 AM

    You asked for it, you got it. It’s too late to back out now.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:55 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. annes22 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:02 AM

    Ponder is a terrible QB so I hope this works out.
    As long as Ponder plays the Vikings go nowhere.

  26. crappygovernment says: Sep 27, 2013 9:04 AM

    Tebow time! Tebow beat Ponder and the Vikings in 2011 before he was blackballed.

  27. gergie1957 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:06 AM

    If the Vikings win on Sunday, it will be the last time you see Ponder on the field as a starter.

  28. adantsa says: Sep 27, 2013 9:09 AM

    They can play this off as an injury replacement but nobody is buying that. He played the entire Browns game with no signs of a rib injury, they announce he has a rib injury on Wednesday, he practices in full Thursday and then Friday they say its too risky to play him? I like Ponder as a person but the kid doesnt have what it takes to start at QB in the NFL. May as well see what Cassel can do in this offense.

  29. kcflake says: Sep 27, 2013 9:14 AM

    Whatever Ponder did, Expect an even Worse performance from Matt Cassel. Stol 45 milion from the Chiefs for 3 years of mediocrity. Would rather have Tebow starting than Cassel. They should trade for Freeman.

  30. jasonatomic says: Sep 27, 2013 9:15 AM

    This could put the ultimate goal of an 0-16 season and drafting a real franchise quarterback in jeopardy.

  31. krismn22 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:18 AM

    I still feel the Vikings would be better off doing what Cleveland did, and skipping straight to the 3rd stringer. Cassel is no improvement from Ponder!

  32. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:18 AM

    I think the Vikes give him a stronger supporting cast than he had in KC. Good luck Matt !

  33. whatjusthapped says: Sep 27, 2013 9:20 AM

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the Vikings go from the #24 rated QB last year to #32.

    Any sort of analysis on why the Vikings are losing has to begin with their secondary. They gave up leads in the 4th Qtr and they have regressed from last year which is really a surprise but they were awful last year.

    Ponder’s biggest problem isn’t that he is a below average QB, its that he is a below average QB taken at #12 overall. The Viking fans have never been realistic to begin with so the high expectations of a first round qB is an albatross around his neck. Let the Matt Cassel era begin.

  34. jokendave says: Sep 27, 2013 9:25 AM

    I sure hope Cassel plays better than he did in the preseason. That wasn’t so impressive.

  35. jokendave says: Sep 27, 2013 9:27 AM

    One more thing fans. Careful what you wish for.

  36. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 27, 2013 9:29 AM

    The answer!

    Hopefully they mean at defensive end. Or at running back. He is an instant upgrade at both positions.

    Pop quiz: what team currently has the best running game in the NFC north, both in yards and yards per carry?

    >

  37. corelreefer says: Sep 27, 2013 9:30 AM

    Cassel will do no better. At least Ponder is mobile. The o-line has been terrible this year, as evident by Peterson’s yardage, Ponder’s rush yards and the number of sacks. Felton is back this week, so any success that Cassel sees that exceeds Ponder should be taken with a grain of salt. Those that think the Vikes need a pro-bowl QB are questionable at best when it comes to football knowledge. This team wins on defense and rushing. Passing needs to be consistent and accurate, not great. there is a guy who wears 28 that will dictate how well this teams performs. Ponder needs a good o-line and pass protection, then let’s see what he can do. Just relax Ponder haters…the intention was never to draft a HOF QB.

  38. pimpbot3000 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:30 AM

    It’s nice to infuse some energy to the team, but as much as Ponder sucks (and he does), their D is 28th in the league and is giving up 32 points a game.

  39. grandpoopah says: Sep 27, 2013 9:31 AM

    Sadly, this is a major upgrade for the Vikings.

  40. selbyrj82 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:31 AM

    The twin cities breathe a sigh of relief. While Kansas City laughs and laughs about the fact Vikings are relieved to be starting Matt Cassel.

  41. vikesfansteve says: Sep 27, 2013 9:31 AM

    Win-win. If Cassel plays well like the 11-5 year in NE or the first year in KC and the Vikings win a bunch of games and make the playoffs great. If they loose and go back to Ponder and continue loosing great because the experiment will be over and they can get a real QB, coach and coordinators for next season.

  42. 6kingswest says: Sep 27, 2013 9:35 AM

    I find myself hoping that Bethel-Thompson makes his way into this game. He’s the only guy on the roster that has an NFL caliber arm (actually…he has a gun!). He’s never had a chance to play with starters. His lack of play is solely due to lack of ability / skill…teams ‘play’ the QB who’s getting paid the most!

  43. 6kingswest says: Sep 27, 2013 9:36 AM

    Correction to above ‘ISN”T solely due to lack of ability / skill’

  44. pillowporkers says: Sep 27, 2013 9:36 AM

    Nothing good comes out of this. I can’t believe I’m watching Matt Cassel in September. To make things worse, Adrian will rip up Pittsburgh, Cassel won’t have to do anything, and we’ll eek out a win 10-9 or something stupid because PIT’s coaching is as inept as ours. Being a Minnesota sports fan is about the worst burden I’ve had to deal with in my life.

    So now what? Next year we’ll have the 5th overall pick because there’s no way we’ll be lucky enough to be the worst team in the league. Teddy will be gone. We’ll have to reach for the 2nd best QB prospect or defer to the 2nd round. Then how long do we give that guy? My fellow fans are so impulsive and impatient they’ll be ragging on him after his first NFL start (I think it’s honestly due to the fan base not seeing success in any sport for so long they don’t know how to achieve it). I think the fans need the next QB to be the #1 overall pick for themselves. So they can rationalize sticking with a young developing QB who is struggling and that’s the only way they’ll accept the fact that Aaron Rodgers doesn’t just come out of the draft (except Andrew Luck).

  45. credible316 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:45 AM

    So your telling me there’s a chance…yyyyyyyyeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

  46. gbmickey says: Sep 27, 2013 9:45 AM

    What a win win for Cassel you are now chosen to captain this sinking ship.

  47. summitmech says: Sep 27, 2013 9:45 AM

    Alright, one step closer to McLeod Bethel Thompson as starter! I can’t WAIT to see THAT kid play! (No joke, far and away better than Cassel or Ponder, we just have a pretty aweful coaching staff)

  48. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:51 AM

    bethel has given us our only win this season so far I wish they could see what he has for us. Please Cassel help the Vikings win the game, along with Felton back for Adrian.

  49. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:52 AM

    sorry meant to say the only win between preseason and there first 3 games

  50. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 27, 2013 9:54 AM

    Cassel has had success against the Steelers as a Chief (not as a Patriot). He shouldn’t have to worry about sacks because the Steelers cannot generate any. I believe they have 3 in 3 weeks.

  51. immafubared says: Sep 27, 2013 9:56 AM

    YA YA YA. Good ol Ponder faked the heck out of a small rib issue so he didn’t have to face the pass rush of the Steelers. Had he screwed up another loss you can be he would be done as a Vike QB.

    Pretty smart, you feed Cassell to the Stealers and then heal quickly for the next game; check mate, Cassell is toast.

  52. dprouse says: Sep 27, 2013 9:56 AM

    Ponder was a huge reach at #12 overall – the Vikings panicked when they saw a run on QBs, and grabbed Ponder when they could have traded down. Cassel will be an adequate stopgap measure until such time as the Vikings grab a QB early in the 2014 draft. (Johnny Football if you want to win, A.J. McCarron if you want to improve the scenery in the stands at your home games.)

  53. immafubared says: Sep 27, 2013 9:57 AM

    Cassel sucked in Pre Season so just how is he supposed to handle a team like the Steelers with two days of whopping practices. Ponder has to be elated he isn’t facing them. May say his career but certainly prolongs it a while.
    I still say the Vikes go get Freeman.

  54. bobloblaw says: Sep 27, 2013 10:00 AM

    Look how good Matt Cassel’s old team is doing without him. This does not spell good for the Vikes. Could this mean a Josh Freeman trade may be coming?

  55. ajschn06 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:02 AM

    Anyone who thinks this is good for the Vikings needs to pay more attention. Was Ponder a reach with the 12th pick? Absolutely. Is he developing into a quality NFL starter? No way. But if you look at the Vikings pass protection the first three weeks and combine it with Cassel’s mobility and hesitation in the pocket, this is going to be a disaster.

  56. darkneptune73 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:06 AM

    Take us to the promised land, Cassel! Pretend it’s 2008 all over again.

  57. slick50ks says: Sep 27, 2013 10:11 AM

    Hilarious.

    Be careful what you wish for Vikes fans. You’ll be clamoring for Ponder back in the lineup in a week.

    Yeah, he’s just that bad. The passes that aren’t 5-10 feet high will be in the dirt. And those are the good ones that don’t get picked off. Worst QB I’ve ever seen, and I’m old as hell. I was dreaming of having Mark Sanchez instead last year.

  58. tjacks7 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:16 AM

    I don’t know how anyone can be excited to see Cassel if they watched him toward the end of the Chiefs days or at all in the preseason. Same QB, different name and number.

  59. yourmomsnewfriend says: Sep 27, 2013 10:19 AM

    illogic87 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:21 AM

    Good for Cassel! I hope he proves his critics wrong with a strong performance

    – – – –

    I’m not saying this in a snide way. But did you not see, or read about just how devastatingly bad he was in KC? I’m an AFC West follower, so let me tell you, it was ugly. Not trying to step on you when you’re down, but the Vikings are in for some really bad games ahead.

  60. thedano says: Sep 27, 2013 10:19 AM

    bcgreg —–

    Your take on Ponder in the draft is right on. Ponder wasn’t a projected 1st round pick. A lot of mocks had him going in round 2. The Vikings were so worried about missing a QB in round 2, that they jumped on him in round 1 instead. It’s why teams shouldn’t reach for picks. You end up with a player with 2nd-3rd round talent, acting like he’s a franchise pick. Bad draft decision.

    As for Cassel and the people excited to see him. We got a very good sample size of him in KC, and it was average at best…….and other times very, very bad. Cassel is not the answer, I’m not even sure he’s a band-aid. Vikings will be lucky to go 6-10.

  61. RedRuffensor says: Sep 27, 2013 10:22 AM

    @ packersarethebest who said “My dream of seeing Gregg Jennings stats drop to zero is closer to becoming a reality….”

    Hell hath no fury like a Packers fan scorned.

  62. vikesindividual says: Sep 27, 2013 10:27 AM

    I do find it hilarious how many people cite Cassel’s struggles in KC as a reason why he can’t play.

    KC hasn’t been good for several years. There hasn’t been a lot around him, nearly the entire KC team was banged up last year.

    He didn’t have Adrian Peterson in KC. Charles is good, but in NO WAY is he AP. Teams weren’t loading up the box in KC like they do against the Vikings.

    He doesn’t have to be amazing, he just has to be better than Ponder. And he absolutely is.

  63. ivanpavlov0000 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:28 AM

    KC tried this and it resulted in Andy Reid becoming the new coach. I’d stick with Ponder and get him some protection.

  64. nfldoc says: Sep 27, 2013 10:29 AM

    The Vikings need to keep playing Ponder to prove to the organization that they need a QB. The only way they are going to get a QB is to continue losing and get a top 2-3 pick in the 2014 draft. Cassel can only screw that up like Joe Webb blew their chances at getting Andrew Luck. The Jaguars have packed it in and already locked up the #1 pick, so the race is on for #2 and Ponder is the best chance for that. Maybe Cassel continues the losing, but then Frazier continues with his fantasy belief that Ponder is a QB too.

  65. purpleguy says: Sep 27, 2013 10:32 AM

    This isn’t going to end up being much better for my team — all you had to do was watch the guy in pre-season or when he played with the Chiefs. He’ll be all tied up in Troy Poalamalamalululu’s hair by the 2nd quarter.

  66. narfmoo12 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:32 AM

    You know you are a bad franchise when your starter getting hurt causes the betting line to move in your favor. Looking at you, Vikings and Jags.

  67. monsterright says: Sep 27, 2013 10:39 AM

    Hard to believe I’m this excited to have Matt Lienart’s backup start for my team.

  68. minnesoulja says: Sep 27, 2013 10:46 AM

    I do not approve.

  69. yourmomsnewfriend says: Sep 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    brianschielnc65 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:51 AM

    Cassel was not exactly surrounded by high level talent the last couple years in KC. I think this moment is what he’s been preparing for. He’s at the fork in the road.

    – – – –

    Again, as a fan of the AFC West, I must respectfully bring you back down to Earth. Not only was/is loaded with Pro Bowl talent (six positions) they were picked by many, before last season, to be Super Bowl contenders. I’m not making that up!

    But the coaching, and particularly Cassel’s QB play (if you want to call it that) was so atrocious that it killed their chances of getting anything other than a first round pick. Which, ironically, might be where the Vikes wind up, with him under center.

  70. rhusby28 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    Ok, everyone keep calm! Cassel was atrocious last year! Could he play better than Ponder? It’s possible, but right now I think Cassel and Ponder are the same guy.

  71. 52lightsxout52 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:03 AM

    I made a preseason prediction on these boards that he would be the Vikings starter by week 8, I guess I was off by only 5 weeks. LOL :-D

  72. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 27, 2013 11:06 AM

    corelreefer says:Sep 27, 2013 9:30 AM

    Cassel will do no better. At least Ponder is mobile. The o-line has been terrible this year, as evident by Peterson’s yardage, Ponder’s rush yards and the number of sacks. Felton is back this week, so any success that Cassel sees that exceeds Ponder should be taken with a grain of salt. Those that think the Vikes need a pro-bowl QB are questionable at best when it comes to football knowledge. This team wins on defense and rushing. Passing needs to be consistent and accurate, not great. there is a guy who wears 28 that will dictate how well this teams performs. Ponder needs a good o-line and pass protection, then let’s see what he can do. Just relax Ponder haters…the intention was never to draft a HOF QB.
    ________

    You know, it wouldn’t hurt to have a Pro Bowl QB. If you win on defense and rushing, but both suck like they have this year, a great quarterback covers up a lot of those deficiencies. Green Bay has the worst team in football outside of Rodgers. I think I’d like to give that HOF QB thing a try.

  73. goawayeverybody says: Sep 27, 2013 11:07 AM

    I hate both the Vikings and the Steelers, but I think the final score is going to be Steelers 41, Vikings -20

  74. All-American Voltron says: Sep 27, 2013 11:16 AM

    THANK YOU SWEET JESUS OUR LORD!!!!!

  75. eatitfanboy says: Sep 27, 2013 11:20 AM

    At least Ponder managed to bank a few million and score a really hot wife before everyone realized he was really bad at football.

  76. chiadam says: Sep 27, 2013 11:23 AM

    This is the most riveting quarterback controversy since Danny Weurfel was benched for Shane Matthews in Washington.

  77. olcap says: Sep 27, 2013 11:29 AM

    This game should be pretty telling for the Steelers. If the Cassel-led Vikes light up the Steeler secondary a few times, I expect AP to have a field day running against them. Then I think the jury will be in on the Steelers for 2013.

  78. kcgranddad says: Sep 27, 2013 11:34 AM

    Like a lot Chiefs fans, I’ve seen Cassel display just enough talent to occasionally give us hope, before disappointing us in the end. But he’s always struck me as a genuinely good man who gives back to his community and family without making off-field headlines or seeking personal glory.
    I’d still love to see Cassel succeed — even though it won’t be with my beloved Chiefs.

  79. coachkilla6 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:35 AM

    It’s times like these when we like to remind Viking fans that the Vikes passed on Aaron Rodgers in the first round…Twice!
    How’d that work out for you?

  80. ThatMannamedWalk says: Sep 27, 2013 11:53 AM

    LOL… well expect pitt to get a win as they load the box, get 3-4 sacks, a fumble, and a pic. Thats the Cassell way. indecisive and inaccurate. one read qb. that is all.

  81. conormacleod says: Sep 27, 2013 11:54 AM

    sterling7 says:
    Sep 27, 2013 8:53 AM
    Couldn’t hurt
    ————————————
    You mean it couldn’t hurt to pull a QB that has left the field the last two weeks with the lead, only to see the defense give up the win, and then put in a QB that was horrible last year and got his coach fired?

    It could hurt. It could hurt a whole lot more.

  82. theallegedone says: Sep 27, 2013 11:59 AM

    It’s so funny watching Chiefs fans run their mouths. “Cassel sucks”…” He’ll end up hurt”….” We all know how this will end”…. You were all about him when he was Matt Cassel, Chiefs Pro Bowl QB. Then he struggled and you hate him. Difference is, the Vikings have play makers. A.P., Jennings, Patterson, Rudolph. the Chiefs had Bowe who had a different injury or contract complaint every week. Or the running backs who were hurt every week. Cassel will be just fine. He’s better than” noodle arm”.

  83. 6kingswest says: Sep 27, 2013 12:16 PM

    coachkilla6 says:
    Sep 27, 2013 11:35 AM
    It’s times like these when we like to remind Viking fans that the Vikes passed on Aaron Rodgers in the first round…Twice!
    How’d that work out for you?

    SO DID 20-some other teams! Do you have a meaningful point to share? CAREFUL: don’t come back with some brilliant statement like ‘Vikings suck’.

  84. slick50ks says: Sep 27, 2013 12:17 PM

    Viking fans don’t seem to understand that the Chiefs were atrocious last year mainly BECAUSE of Cassel.

    The team is loaded with talent, but the lack thereof at the most important position was the downfall.

    Our being 3-0 with an average QB like Alex Smith should be an indicator of how truly pathetic Cassel was/is.

    He’s easily the worst QB in the NFL. But don’t worry, we’ll all be back here to say “I told you so” very soon. The sane part of your fanbase will agree whole heartedly.

  85. mikemccarthyhof says: Sep 27, 2013 12:27 PM

    america’s team, the pack, is so thankful we got a qb and a viable backup in wallace.

  86. duece5 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:29 PM

    VIKES win 31-17…..

    “Nuff with the hate!!!!!

    SKOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  87. purplehaze28 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:55 PM

    He’s calling up his buddy, Brady for some guidance.

  88. jasonatomic says: Sep 27, 2013 12:56 PM

    Boy, that must been some devastating injury for someone to have to tell Ponder about it two days later.

    Thank god it wasn’t another life-threatening arm bruise.

  89. ketchupaholic says: Sep 27, 2013 12:56 PM

    Chris Spielmen: “Hello Brett! How fast can you get to London?”

  90. heyguru1969 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:10 PM

    Cassel’s made of sand. Fall into the sea. Eventually. — Jimi Hendrix.

  91. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:11 PM

    6kingswest says:
    Sep 27, 2013 12:16 PM
    coachkilla6 says:
    Sep 27, 2013 11:35 AM
    It’s times like these when we like to remind Viking fans that the Vikes passed on Aaron Rodgers in the first round…Twice!
    How’d that work out for you?

    SO DID 20-some other teams! Do you have a meaningful point to share? CAREFUL: don’t come back with some brilliant statement like ‘Vikings suck’.

    ******************************************

    Viking fans are dumb, and this is just one more example.

    The Vikings are one of only 2 NFL teams to pass on Aaron Rodgers twice in the 2005 draft.

  92. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:12 PM

    Championship.

  93. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:16 PM

    Slick50

    No Vikings fan wanted cassel or expects him to play well. So don’t bother saying I told you so when the Vikings fans are not doubting you.

  94. blogatron2000 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:18 PM

    2012 Matt Cassel stats:

    Games played: 9
    TD/Int ratio: 6/12
    Fumbles Lost: 7

    Best of luck, Vikes!

  95. goawayeverybody says: Sep 27, 2013 1:29 PM

    Although I despise the Vikings and always root for them to lose, I feel it is incumbent upon me to point out to the Packer fans that are posting here that Aaron Rodgers had the benefit of working under the tutelage of Brett Favre for SEVERAL YEARS before seeing any meaningful play on the field.

    And Christian Ponder worked under Donovan McNabb for a couple games.

  96. fargovikesfan says: Sep 27, 2013 2:02 PM

    goawayeverybody says: Sep 27, 2013 1:29 PM

    Although I despise the Vikings and always root for them to lose, I feel it is incumbent upon me to point out to the Packer fans that are posting here that Aaron Rodgers had the benefit of working under the tutelage of Brett Favre for SEVERAL YEARS before seeing any meaningful play on the field.

    And Christian Ponder worked under Donovan McNabb for a couple games.
    ———————————————-

    having your rookie QB listen to McNabb would screw anyone up. This is why RGIII didn’t want to sit down with him, he saw what McNabb did to Kolb and Ponder…

  97. paychrisjohnson28 says: Sep 27, 2013 2:05 PM

    How long before a developing Quarterback can become good in the NFL ?

    2001 rookie Drew Brees played very littlw 2002 first 2 years with Chargers Drew Bree’s has passing 17 TD’s 16 Interceptions, in 2003 he passed for 11 TD’s and 17 interceptions. Then in 2004, year 4 Chargers Bree’s became a Pro Bowl QB 27 TD’s and 7 interceptions. Then another big year in 2005, then he signed as a free agent with the Saints in 2006…the Dolphins passed on him because he had a torn labrum in his shoulder.

    My point is, Ponder, Locker and other QB’s are only in their 3rd year.

  98. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Sep 27, 2013 2:18 PM

    Nothing good comes out of this. I can’t believe I’m watching Matt Cassel in September. To make things worse, Adrian will rip up Pittsburgh, Cassel won’t have to do anything, and we’ll eek out a win 10-9 or something stupid because PIT’s coaching is as inept as ours. Being a Minnesota sports fan is about the worst burden I’ve had to deal with in my life.

    So now what? Next year we’ll have the 5th overall pick because there’s no way we’ll be lucky enough to be the worst team in the league. Teddy will be gone. We’ll have to reach for the 2nd best QB prospect or defer to the 2nd round. Then how long do we give that guy? My fellow fans are so impulsive and impatient they’ll be ragging on him after his first NFL start (I think it’s honestly due to the fan base not seeing success in any sport for so long they don’t know how to achieve it). I think the fans need the next QB to be the #1 overall pick for themselves. So they can rationalize sticking with a young developing QB who is struggling and that’s the only way they’ll accept the fact that Aaron Rodgers doesn’t just come out of the draft (except Andrew Luck).

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    Pretty much. The Vikings do have ONE great asset though.

    AP.

    If this is truly a QB league, then they should do what the Browns did.

    Trade away AP for as much as they can get, tank the season, and try to move up for a real QB in 2014 draft.

  99. Canned Heat says: Sep 27, 2013 2:36 PM

    goawayeverybody says: Sep 27, 2013 1:29 PM

    Although I despise the Vikings and always root for them to lose, I feel it is incumbent upon me to point out to the Packer fans that are posting here that Aaron Rodgers had the benefit of working under the tutelage of Brett Favre for SEVERAL YEARS before seeing any meaningful play on the field.
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    Brett Favre did jack squat to help any QB that came to GB in any fashion when he was there and has said so on TV and in interviews countless times….”I’m not their damn coach.”
    Rodgers was a threat and Favre acted like it. Then he wavered on retirement for 5 years, forcing the Packers hand and making them have no choice but to draft Rodgers in the first place….yet die hard Favre fans and nearly every Viking fan somehow dismiss this like it was a bogus rumor or never happened.

    The only tutelage Favre ever did for Rodgers was making bad decisions in front of him and that stuff is what taught Rodgers what NOT to do. You don’t become the all time leader in INTs by being smart with the ball, and that may be the only NFL record the Dongslinger has left when it’s all done, other then the consecutive starts by a QB.

  100. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 27, 2013 2:46 PM

    goawayeverybody says:
    Sep 27, 2013 1:29 PM

    Aaron Rodgers had the benefit of working under the tutelage of Brett Favre for SEVERAL YEARS before seeing any meaningful play on the field.

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    Huh????

    Favre’s mechanics weren’t quite as messed up as Tebow’s, but he won’t be making any instructional videos any time soon. Rodgers probably leaned more about what not to do from Favre than anything.

    Rodgers is a product of his own talent, and the QB school of Mike McCarthy and Tom Clements.

  101. goawayeverybody says: Sep 27, 2013 6:22 PM

    Packers fans, sorry but you are quite mistaken. McCarthy insisted that Favre take Rodgers under his wing and Favre did so. In any case, Rodgers got to watch and learn and adjust to the speed of the game for years. Ponder never had that opportunity. I’m not saying Ponder could be as good as Rodgers. I’m just pointing out the benefit that Rodgers had in not being thrust out on the field immediately the way Ponder was.

  102. jdhein22 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:12 PM

    I don’t understand why the NFL plays these London games at the same time as the regular games? Why not play these games on a Friday afternoon?

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