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Minnesota Vikings name Matt Cassel starting QB for Week 15, Christian Ponder will be backup

Dec 8, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassell (16) warms up prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M

There are teams with quarterback issues and then there’s the Minnesota Vikings who can’t seem to settle on a plan and stick to it. They’re apparently trying their hardest though as according to head coach Leslie Frazier, Minnesota will be starting the same quarterback for the second straight week with Matt Cassel getting the nod under center.

Cassel will be starting for second straight week after getting the start in last week’s thriller against the Baltimore Ravens. Cassel is 1-1 in his last two games played as he came in and relieved an injured Christian Ponder back in Week 13 when the Vikings beat the Chicago Bears in overtime 23-20. He almost led the team back for another win last week against the Ravens but the defense imploded on the final drive of the game.

The real head scratcher in all of this is it looks like Josh Freeman will again be inactive for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Freeman has started once since Minnesota handed him $3 million and he continues to sit on his hands, thinking of all the things $3 million can buy him. Minnesota has three starting caliber quarterbacks on roster but seem interested in only two, which begs the question of why bring in Freeman at all if he’s just going to sit?

Minnesota doesn’t seem to know the answer to that question but they’re hoping Cassel is an answer again at quarterback this week against an Eagles team fighting for their playoff lives.

Topics: Josh Freeman, Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings

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  • bob nodler

    Freeman screwed himself he had the terrible game against the giants. After being named starter for the next game against greenbay he suddenly has concussion symptoms which weren’t reported until tuesday of that week. I think everyone including rodney harrison that this was a time to question his courage and desire. Ponder is terrible but he gives it everything he’s got to get on the field to play. There was a reason or several that tampa bay gave him his walking papers. He shouldn’t and won’t be given another chance with the vikings. Good luck in arena football or the cfl. No guts ni glory

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