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The battle of the win-less teams is set for Sunday at 1 ET from London. The (0-3) Minnesota Vikings take on the (0-3) Pittsburgh Steelers in a all-time series that sits even at 7-7. The Vikings hope to snap their win-less streak of three games against Pittsburgh since 2001. During a recent episode of PTI, Tony Kornheiser said, “Whoever loses this game should just stay in England.” Is that accurate? You decide.
Matt Cassel v. Houston Texans in Preseason (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America)
The major storyline in this game is the 1st start of Matt Cassel since he joined the Vikings. Christian Ponder has to take the week off due to concerns of a rib injury to close to his heart to play. Cassel is 18-21 as a starter in Kansas City and showed perhaps his most potential when backing up Tom Brady for the Patriots. His success in New England helped get him a big contract in KC.
With all of that being said, is this what us Vikings fans wanted? Did we give up on Ponder?
I never gave up on Ponder after his second half performance of last season. He has the ability to do some great things. I believe some of his INT’s were on tipped balls and should not be taken into account like some of the terrible mistakes he made when trying to do to much.
I expect Adrian Peterson to get a small increase in carries to help Cassel get comfortable at the helm. I don’t expect Cassel to take long before getting comfortable in the pocket. Through the preseason I liked what I saw from Cassel, he looked better than Ponder at times. It’s a great thing the Vikings front office went and snagged a legitimate back up quarterback this off-season. It didn’t take long for the return of the investment.
As we have seen the field at Wembley Stadium tares up very easily so it will be important for the Vikings to establish the run game early. Expect the Steelers to do the same with running back Le’Veon Bell. It will be important for the Vikings on defense to minimize the big play. We have seen the defense step up in a few games this season just to blow it on the last defensive drive to give the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns wins. That fact worries me the most, not the offense or special teams. I don’t trust the Vikings defense anymore. We will see if the tea and crumpets give the Vikings a much needed boost this week.
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The Minnesota Vikings finally get their first (home)win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The final score 34-27 was in Wembley Stadium. The big story was Christian Ponder out with a broken rib and how Matt Cassel can step in to lead the team. Cassel answered that question fairly quick against a slumping Steelers team.
Greg Jennings making his second catch for a touchdown. (Steve Gardner...
The Minnesota Vikings announced on Friday that they would start backup quarterback Matt Cassel for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.
Cassel had been working with the first team this week, including during Friday’s practice session. Head coach Leslie Frazier had said during the week that the team wanted Christian Ponder to play but his rib injury has kept him from practicing...
Can't Knock the Cassel
Oh man ... There was a moment in the game with about two minutes left where I was certain we were going to hit that 0-4 mark. I thought FOR SURE we were going to let another team drive it down our throats with little time left on the clock for us to respond, and we were going to hit that 0-4 mark. We were going to be well on our way to that top draft...
The 2013 season was basically going to be over for one of the two teams being featured in London Sunday for the NFL's International Series. The Minnesota Vikings hope they resuscitated their season with Sunday's 34-27 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Minnesota is 1-3 thanks to a late-game play on defense, ball security and efficiency from quarterback Matt Cassel. Pittsburgh...
The Minnesota Vikings announced on Friday that Matt Cassel will be their starting quarterback this Sunday when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Interestingly enough, Patriots QB Tom Brady mentioned that Cassel could end up being the starter earlier in the week after the two had talked.
Christian Ponder is dealing with a rib injury, but it appears to be bad enough that the Vikings...
With a fractured rib taking out Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel will make his Vikings debut Sunday in London.
Despite experiencing no issues during practice on Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings sat Christian Ponder on Friday and the quarterback will not play in the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London on Sunday. The reins of the sputtering, ineffective offense have instead been given to backup Matt Cassel. While Vikings fans have been clamoring […]The post Christian Ponder...
Leslie Frazier liked what he saw out of Matt Cassel, but he wasn’t willing to name him the starter after the Vikings’ first win. More time is needed for evaluation, Frazier indicated.
Matt Cassel and Greg Jennings connected on Sunday for a big 70-yard touchdown in London. The play gave them both their first TD as a member of the Vikings.
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Since the Minnesota Vikings announced Christian Ponder's rib injury, there have been questions regarding his status for the team's Week 4 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Minnesota made that status clear this morning, as the team announced Ponder will miss the game, resulting in veteran backup Matt Cassel getting the start in his place.Christian Ponder has a fractured...
The Minnesota Vikings have decided to make a change in Quarterback. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Matt Cassel will start over Christian Ponder this Sunday as the Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers battle it out in London. Possible reasons for the change can be found in Ponders performance the past couple days along with the possible rib problems hindering him from practice...
The Vikings announced that Matt Cassel will get the start at quarterback this week as Christian Ponder sits out after breaking his ribs last week.
No one had any idea how serious Ponder’s injury was until today. He ended up telling TwinCities.com that he doesn’t have any issues with the throwing the football, but there are some concerns with his rib protruding into his...
Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London on Sunday. Christian Ponder is out with a fractured rib. Ponder sustained the rib injury in the second quarter last Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. A CT scan revealed the
Season 4, Episode 26 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I preview the Sunday game in London between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings and that includes us going over the injury report of both teams.
The Vikings announced on Friday that Matt Cassel with start at quarterback in place of the injured Christian Ponder so that certainly gets our attention...