MINNEAPOLIS -- Matt Cassel stopped his backpedal, looked ahead and saw the Philadelphia Eagles' defense part down the middle the same the Minnesota Vikings' defense did in practice during the week on a designed run.
Cassel took off and was untouched on a 6-yard touchdown run to give Minnesota a surprising 24-lead in the third quarter, against Philadelphia, which had won five in a row. The play unfolded just like the Vikings and Cassel had practiced. He never thought the same would occur in Sunday's game.
"It opened up like that in practice and I was like, 'Oh man, I'm going to get smashed in the game, for sure,'" Cassel said after Sundays' 48-30 win. "And then, sure as day, I take the drop and it just parted like the Red Sea. I was like, "Oh my goodness, this is great.'"
Cassel and the Vikings (4-9-1) found space all game long against a Philadelphia defense that hadn't allowed more than 21 points in a game since Week 4 and had held teams under 300 yards passing the past four week...