Originally posted on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 12/15/13

The Minnesota Vikings beat the Philadelphia Eagles 48-30 on Sunday without star running back Adrian Peterson. Matt Cassel threw for 382 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, the most by a Minnesota quarterback since Brett Favre was under center.  He also ran for a six-yard touchdown in the third quarter. “He’s a very smart quarterback,” said wide receiver Greg Jennings. “He has a lot of poise back there and he tries to make plays down the field with his eyes and his arm.” “He has been a backup, but every chance he gets; he steps up and does his thing. He is a great leader in the huddle, on and off the field. I am glad we have him,” said wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. With Peterson and Toby Gerhart out, third-stringer Matt Asiata rushed for 51 yards and three touchdowns.  Jennings caught a career-high 11 passes for 163 yards. “I’ve never been a guy to have a whole lot of catches, but I’ve never been a big stat guy either,” said Jennings.  ”I’ve had a great run with a lot of good guys throwing the ball. Obviously Brett (Favre) and Aaron, (Rodgers) but this afternoon with Matt (Cassel) he was feeding the ball to a lot of guys and I just happened to be on the receiving end of quite a bit of them.” The Vikings (4-9-1) 48 points on Sunday were their highest since a 50-10 victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 20, 1998. “When we have a lot of guys fighting out here, and we are not going to make the playoffs, it shows we have a lot of character on this football team,” said defensive end Jared Allen. Nick Foles threw for a career-high 428 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for the Eagles.  League rushing leader LeSean McCoy was held to 38 yards on eight carries after posting a career-high 217 yards last week. The Vikings travel to Cincinnati next weekend to face the Bengals, and then host the Detroit Lions on Dec. 29 to finish the regular season. The post Matt Cassel leads Vikings past Eagles appeared first on Sports Glory.

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