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.

86 responses to “Cassel shines, Vikings’ starting defense doesn’t

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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..


  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

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

  17. 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!!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.


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

  24. 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!!!!


  25. 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.

  26. 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!!!!!

  27. 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 .

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

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