Sep 29, 2013; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Leslie Frazier tells Matt Cassel that he will start against the Carolina Panthers

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has made an official decision on who will start under center for the team on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Frazier has named Matt Cassel the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game, leaving Ponder on the bench once agan. After bringing in former Buccaneers starting quarterback Josh Freeman, the quarterback competition on this team is going to pick up pretty fast.

Not only will Ponder have to compete against Cassel but now he’ll have to worry about Freeman taking his job instead of a no-name rookie. All three quarterbacks obviously have experience as starting quarterbacks, which is a good thing for Minnesota.

If one is to go down, they have two others to fall back on just in case. It was a confusing decision by Freeman to head to Minnesota, but I guess he wanted to play with Adrian Peterson pretty bad.

Cassel and the Vikings are coming off a big time win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a game that was played in the UK. He finished the game with 248 passing yards and two touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 123.4, which is excellent.

I expect Freeman to come into the game if Cassel happens to struggle against a Panthers team who defends the pass pretty well.

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