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Cassel shines, Vikings’ starting defense doesn’t

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Good news, Vikings fans.  Matt Cassel looked pretty good in the first half of Saturday’s game against the Cardinals.

Bad news, Vikings fans.  The starting defense couldn’t keep the No. 2 Arizona offense out of the end zone.

Cassel played well in five first-half drives, completing 12 of 16 passes for 153 yards and a 51-yard catch-and-run to tight end Kyle Rudolph.  Cassel added 30 yards on the ground, including a 26-yard scramble.

After four plays and a punt to start the game, Cassel led the Vikings to a field goal, a touchdown, a missed field goal, and a field goal.

Rookie Teddy Bridgewater will get a chance to show what he can do with the No. 2 offense in the second half.  Bridgewater will have to do a lot of good things to keep up with Cassel in the race to be the Week One starter.

The defense allowed a touchdown to the Arizona starting offense and the No. 2 unit.  Rookie linebacker Anthony Barr registered a sack and a forced fumble (recovered by Arizona) to end the half.

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86 Responses to “Cassel shines, Vikings’ starting defense doesn’t”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 16, 2014 10:01 PM

    The Vikings starting defense couldn’t stop a Junior Varsity High School squad from scoring 40 points.

    They are the worst in the league, and it’s not close.

  2. ampatsisahypocrite says: Aug 16, 2014 10:05 PM

    Minnesota will regret the day they drafted Teddy Bustwater.

    They’ll also wish they’d taken Shazier. Wow is he lighting it up tonight! He’s the LB that Barr wishes he could be.

  3. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Aug 16, 2014 10:07 PM

    Eric Winston stated it was 100 percent sickening that Cassel was not starting ahead of Tom Brady.

  4. darquarious says: Aug 16, 2014 10:07 PM

    Someone get back to us when the Vikings win their 1st ever Super Bowl or NFL Championship………. …………… ……………… ……………. ……………. ………….

  5. minnesotablizzard says: Aug 16, 2014 10:07 PM

    Cassel locked up the starting spot.

  6. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:08 PM

    No one shines in preseason.

  7. vikings27 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:09 PM

    Rudolph looked real good out there tonight.. He would have had another TD if it wasn’t for the butter fingers.. He is going to be a Top 5 Fantasy TE in Norv’s offense..

    SKOL

  8. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 16, 2014 10:09 PM

    Teddy Bustwater.

  9. bigsmarty says: Aug 16, 2014 10:10 PM

    Cardinals starting D didn’t even play a full quarter. Only 3 pts against 1st string D.

  10. banky74 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:10 PM

    Yep, obviously Jaworski was right on target with his QB rankings. Ron is obviously a genius and certainly, most definitely NOT a hack.

  11. youcantmakemepickausername says: Aug 16, 2014 10:12 PM

    I live in vegas so im getting the Arizona broadcast of the game. Ron Wolfley has a really annoying voice. He sounds like Jesse Ventura on an acid trip.

  12. simplegodfather says: Aug 16, 2014 10:12 PM

    so much hype talks from pftpoet…

    what a drama child..

  13. darkneptune73 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:12 PM

    Oh Tokyo. You and your filthy ways. No defense is worse than the Cowboys.

  14. hauts81 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:13 PM

    Dallas might have something to say about that.

  15. smartestpackerfan says: Aug 16, 2014 10:14 PM

    Sadly they are still better than the Packers defense. The Packers defense could not stop a 5th grade pee wee team.

  16. Virtual_Momma says: Aug 16, 2014 10:15 PM

    “Cassel shines”

    UUUUMMMM, most of his production was against the Cardinals 2nd team….If you want to say that is shining, well, it is your website……

  17. frank booth says: Aug 16, 2014 10:15 PM

    Blake Bortles played in the first quarter of his second pre-season game. How come Baby Hands didn’t play in the first half?

    Last week, the Viking fans were talking about their great defense. This week, they couldn’t stop Drew Stanton, who hasn’t played in a regular season game in 3 years.

  18. whoisgregtoler says: Aug 16, 2014 10:16 PM

    Cassel looked “pretty good” against 2nd string D in the preseason, which means he’s average against starting D in the regular season.

  19. banky74 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:17 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: Aug 16, 2014 10:01 PM

    The Vikings starting defense couldn’t stop a Junior Varsity High School squad from scoring 40 points.

    They are the worst in the league, and it’s not close.

    =========================

    Does it make you feel good to say dumb things?

  20. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Aug 16, 2014 10:19 PM

    I guess the Vikings’ “decade of dominance” hasn’t begun yet!

  21. akboot says: Aug 16, 2014 10:20 PM

    Tokyo, Your stuff is old, don’t you have some new material instead of the same old song and dance you use every time you post? It’s not like they don’t put up every single post of yours, so at least try to be a little creative.

  22. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 16, 2014 10:22 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 16, 2014 10:01 PM
    The Vikings starting defense couldn’t stop a Junior Varsity High School squad from scoring 40 points.
    ————
    The Packers starting defense. FTFY

  23. jermainewiggins says: Aug 16, 2014 10:29 PM

    The viking haters on this website are hilarious!

  24. arianil985 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:29 PM

    Ugh…I’m ready to jump off this Viking bandwagon right now. If they can’t stay competitive in the preseason, how can they be any good in the playoffs?

  25. wafflestomp says: Aug 16, 2014 10:31 PM

    Remember when Prince performed and dedicated that horrible song to the Vikings.
    Purple Reign or Purple and Gold?

    Oh how we laughed and laughed at that!

  26. FlashPatterson says: Aug 16, 2014 10:31 PM

    darquarious says:
    Aug 16, 2014 10:07 PM
    Someone get back to us when the Vikings win their 1st ever Super Bowl or NFL Championship………. …………… ……………… ……………. ……………. ………….
    —————————
    So like 1968 then?

  27. FlashPatterson says: Aug 16, 2014 10:32 PM

    arianil985 says:
    Aug 16, 2014 10:29 PM
    Ugh…I’m ready to jump off this Viking bandwagon right now. If they can’t stay competitive in the preseason, how can they be any good in the playoffs?
    ———————-
    There is no bandwagon, you’re in or we don’t want you.

  28. f1restarter says: Aug 16, 2014 10:32 PM

    If the Vikings really wanted to improve their quarterback situation, they’d trade a first round draft pick for Scott Tolzien.

  29. prideof10000lakes says: Aug 16, 2014 10:33 PM

    Trolls. All of you.

    Minnesota is the most beautiful landscape in the northern hemisphere, and home to the hardest working and most gracious people in the Country. Matt Cassell is lucky to be able to breathe the fresh air and drink the pure water of Minnesota.

  30. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 16, 2014 10:37 PM

    Kind of surprising, I thought they’d be better after losing their best defensive players…

  31. revren10 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:47 PM

    Minnesotta wasted a first round pick on a dude with smaller hands then kevin hart.

  32. frank booth says: Aug 16, 2014 10:47 PM

    FlashPatterson says:
    Aug 16, 2014 10:31 PM

    darquarious says:
    Aug 16, 2014 10:07 PM
    Someone get back to us when the Vikings win their 1st ever Super Bowl or NFL Championship………. …………… ……………… ……………. ……………. ………….
    —————————
    So like 1968 then?
    =================================
    You mean when they won the NFL championship and then got blown out in the Super Bowl?

    When most people talk about winning NFL Championships, they are really speaking about before the Super Bowl years. They don’t really discuss the NFL or AFL Championship as being something special in the Super Bowl years. That would be no different than someone claiming an AFC or NFC championship as the apex of a season. Any self-respecting fan who’s team won a championship in those years and then lost the Super Bowl would probably not say anything. I’ve never heard a Colts fan squawking about their NFL championship after losing to the Jets in the Super Bowl in the ’68/’69 season.

  33. dynastybeforeyoureyes says: Aug 16, 2014 10:48 PM

    Seahawks nation is watching this game with great attention, as we look to see which players on our farm team Vikings will help us win more Super Bowls later on.

  34. luz56 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:49 PM

    Temper your enthusiasm… First string O did very little.. Only moved ball against #2 team D…Cards #1 O moved ball at will

  35. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 16, 2014 10:56 PM

    You’re going to use that 1968 championship thing again? Oh yeah that’s when the Vikings lost the last game of the year to the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV. Yeah I guess I would celebrate that too if I had zero championships! Skolol!

  36. frank booth says: Aug 16, 2014 11:00 PM

    First rounder Bridgewater looks good against the scrubs in the 4th Quarter. Superstar running back Joe Barnyard looks good too.

  37. nrns77 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:01 PM

    153 yards on 5 drives. So, about 30 yards per possession? Sounds amazing to me. SKOL!!!

  38. bert1913 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:09 PM

    another year without a championship. SKOL!

  39. mnvikingsfan says: Aug 16, 2014 11:09 PM

    Gotta say, Teddy didn’t look half bad during his playing time tonight!! He will be ready if Cassel goes down.

    Paul Allen was an epic fail for his ice bucket challenge for ALS. 4 cups of ice water doesn’t cut it!! I call for a do over with a BUCKET!!

  40. oldcracker says: Aug 16, 2014 11:11 PM

    Norv Turner is recognized as a very good Offense Coordinator but not so much as a Head Coach. Maybe it’s the same story with Mike Zimmer.

  41. teal379 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:15 PM

    Barr got a sack huh? Good production out of that guy.

    Course Packers had a UDFA get 3 sacks and a FF on 4 plays.

  42. lionsnati0n says: Aug 16, 2014 11:19 PM

    Vikings problem is they put the horse before the carriage and get Qb’s and wide receivers before everything else is set. Same thing with my Lions five years ago only difference is they got Stafford and Calvin opposed to Ponder, bridgewater and Patterson

  43. bordner says: Aug 16, 2014 11:23 PM

    Uh-oh.

    Cassel doing well is not going help that dude with the little hands win Rookie of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, MVP and whatever other awards all of the viking fans are predicting for him this year.

  44. hauts81 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:24 PM

    TEDDY!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. jshawaii22 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:33 PM

    I thought is WAS Jesse Ventura on Acid…

    AZ fans, for whatever reason they are showing that same feed in the Aloha State. What a Zero voice.

    js

  46. vikinghater says: Aug 16, 2014 11:35 PM

    hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! The Vike Turncoats are back…….lol.lol.lol.lol.
    If & when they win a game, they’ll all be wizards again!! Championship hooouuuw…….
    GO PACK!!!!!

  47. vikinghater says: Aug 16, 2014 11:38 PM

    Arizona could still pull this baby out…..3Rd String on 3RD string..Go Go Go!!!

  48. woodygg says: Aug 16, 2014 11:40 PM

    lol at zero… good name for you. a championship is a championship.

  49. banky74 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:48 PM

    Bridgewater tonight:

    13/16 130 yards 1 td 0 int RTG: 121.4

    Suck it, haters.

  50. Paul M. says: Aug 16, 2014 11:51 PM

    Teddy brought the Vikes back to win in the last minute. Suck it haters!

  51. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 12:01 AM

    Vikes win, BABY!!!!! Suck it!

  52. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 17, 2014 12:01 AM

    Big PACK guy here. Just got done watching the Viking’s game. Couple observations.

    1) Castles is the starting QB for the Vking’s week 1. He has a good handle on the #1’s.

    2) Teddy is getting more acclimated with the NFL. I dont like it, but the kid has a GREAT release on his throw. The kid had a bright future. As bright as Roger’s? Not sure. But bright.

    GO PACK GO!!!!

    >

  53. terremotinho says: Aug 17, 2014 12:02 AM

    Aaron Rodgers is going to light up this team twice this season.

  54. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 17, 2014 12:08 AM

    Cassel played the first half.
    There is no division of reps.
    The vikings decided in May to dump last year’s starter, never give the rookie any chances, and hoped to coach Cassel up to marginally acceptable.

    There never was any QB competition in Minnesota.

    If Cassel gets injured during the season, the vikings will have a lock on getting a QB with the #1 draft pick over all and then not do it.

    The two best QB’s the vikings ever drafted and developed were Tommy Kramer and Daunte Culpepper. They just hate the concept of not getting a QB elsewhere.

    They traded for Fran Tarkenton and got Randall Cunningham and Brett Favre out of retirement.

  55. dbarnes79 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:12 AM

    Bridgewater lit it up too!

  56. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 12:19 AM

    Two-Minute Teddy!

  57. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 17, 2014 12:19 AM

    Bridgewater in command. Super Bowl homeboys

  58. codythao35 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:24 AM

    In 3-5 years you clowns in little WI going to cry for mercy from Bridgewater. He will be electrifying. No defenses will be able stop him and he will be known as the greatest qb ever to play the game. Mark my word!!!!!

  59. codythao35 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:25 AM

    We’re not worry about the D bc we know for sure it’s going to get better period.

  60. jmc8888 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:31 AM

    Minnesota played tough and physical. Bridgewater did some good and bad things. But people should remember…

    Starting D barely played just like the offense.

    Cards 2’s and 3’s were going against Minny’s 1’s on both sides of the ball.

    Basically Cardinals starters played two series, and Minny’s starters played the whole half.

    Then the entire 2nd half the Cardinals played their 4th string QB .

  61. pftcoachmen says: Aug 17, 2014 12:32 AM

    Sadly the PI calls this year will extend a lot of drives making all defenses look poor.

    Last week the raiders barely got 100 yrds against min. So if your gonna talk about preseason games, do it with perspective.

  62. couchbasher says: Aug 17, 2014 1:04 AM

    real genius = Norv Turner. Good job Banner/Lombardi.

  63. leatherface2012 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:06 AM

    hmm sounds pretty damn good. thought he couldnt even hold the ball? right packer fans?

  64. thevikingdefender says: Aug 17, 2014 1:06 AM

    Bottom line here people is that Minnesota will always be better then that place they call Wisconsin!
    #SKOL
    #BoldFuture!

  65. thevikingdefender says: Aug 17, 2014 1:17 AM

    Naive fans on here love to say ridiculous things. Experts alike have great things to say about the Vikings performance so far this pre-season. You say teddy is only playing well because hes playing against scrubs? Really. There are not many ‘scrubs’ in the nfl and there are plenty of talented athletes that teddy has gone against so far this year. You trolls always just make me laugh at the ridiculous comments. You always point out the Vikings flaws. But what team doesnt have any. Every team has had its ups and downs. And if you look into the packers history they have some very embarrassing ones. Particularly from the early 70’s to the late 80’s when they were almost removed from the nfc north!

  66. thespeaker6 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:16 AM

    The Vikings have an NFL Championship…

  67. dynastybeforeyoureyes1 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:47 AM

    Hats off to the Vikes, even though it’s pre-season that was a fun game to watch

  68. carlgerbschmidte says: Aug 17, 2014 3:03 AM

    Man does it smell like stinky cheese in here

  69. theauger says: Aug 17, 2014 6:52 AM

    The Cardinals starters on offense & defense only played 2 series. While Minnesota basically had their starters out there for the entire first half. Even then, Minnesota’s first team still didn’t much against 2nd/3rd stringers of Arizona.

    Bridgewater did look good against a defense that mostly consisted of guys that won’t be on the 53 man roster. Kinda like how Logan Thomas looked for the Cardinals against Houston’s guys who won’t be on the roster.

  70. iwishstupiditywasfatal says: Aug 17, 2014 8:27 AM

    I respect Zimmer, he’ll get as much from that defense as is humanly possible. That may not be much right now given the talent level, but have faith Viking fans, you have the right guy in charge.

  71. whatjusthapped says: Aug 17, 2014 8:49 AM

    The history of the NFL shows the preseason games (or records) are largely irrelevant, consider the Lions went 4-0 in the preseason the same year they went 0-16. I’m too lazy to look it up but I think the Redskins went 4-0 just last year before picking in the top 5 last spring.

    So congrats to Cassel for locking up the QB job. Does any sane football fan think the Vikings will do anything else but finish in last place again? Especially with that sieve secondary and porous front seven.

  72. sterling7 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:08 AM

    All you people laugh while you can……………..Viking nation!

  73. keepingitlogical says: Aug 17, 2014 10:39 AM

    Teddy did look pretty good. I could see the kid being productive in this league.

    What I would be more worried about, IF I were a Vikes fan, is that your #1 Defense couldn’t stop AZ #2 Offense. That should worry you.

  74. vikesfansteve says: Aug 17, 2014 11:29 AM

    Lots of missed tackles, like Hodges tackling the air on the Cards first TD. What was that!? Doesn’t help when your nose tackle is out with a leg injury. The D was lined up well so that’s a good thing. Patterson dropped a couple that would have been huge plays. Interestingly, the field plays just as fast as the Metrodome. New year same terrible tackling and pass D. That’s been the Vikings for the past 20 years now.

  75. 12heartskevinlanflisi says: Aug 17, 2014 12:08 PM

    wait, you removed my post for calling out a troll for being wrong?…….lol
    lame sauce

  76. 12heartskevinlanflisi says: Aug 17, 2014 12:11 PM

    darquarious is a mouth breathing midwesterner, is he not?

  77. jmndodge says: Aug 17, 2014 12:22 PM

    Never forget that Cassel was brought in to be our backup QB – a very good backup! TB was drafted and hired to be our QB, not for 2014 – for for the next decade! Cassel is playing like the best of his career – TB plays like a rookie with all the tools/skill/mistakes common to rookie QB’s. He is going to get better (with 2 or three seasons of playing time). The question is will that happen in 2020 (with some other team) or 2017 and perhaps for the next decade leading the Vikings into championship competition for years to come. There is only one answer – just have the courage to make the decision. TB is our QB!

  78. purpleguy says: Aug 17, 2014 1:25 PM

    The offense was okay, and actually did enough to win most games last year even with our lousy QB situation. The defense was the real problem, even though complaining about the QB situation was sexier. After last night’s performance, it looks like defense will remain the problem.

  79. lordrahl121281 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:56 PM

    Poor Wisconsinites, all they have on us is Football and with the Gophers and Vikings rising their worried we’ll take that from them. Don’t worry Wisconsin, you’ll at least still have better Cheddar.

  80. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 17, 2014 3:30 PM

    Rodgers is going to torch the lame Viking defense.

  81. sonofad says: Aug 17, 2014 4:00 PM

    Was anyone shot after the game this week?

  82. sibsbrad says: Aug 17, 2014 6:25 PM

    The Cardinals second string defense is better than the Packers and Bears first string defense!

  83. ktm300xcwe says: Aug 17, 2014 6:57 PM

    Vikings drafted Fran Tarkenton bobnelsonjr. If your gonna troll, at least know easy facts.

  84. justatrophy says: Aug 17, 2014 10:06 PM

    Pro football talk, can you elminate the thumbs down, it just promotes 99% trolls.

    Getting a thumbs down is a win in their book.

  85. justatrophy says: Aug 17, 2014 10:07 PM

    Eliminate… lol

  86. codythoa35 says: Aug 18, 2014 12:29 PM

    I like to make fun of the packers defense but ours sucks even worse!

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