Matt Cassel, not Teddy Bridgewater, to start at QB for the Vikings


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It looks as if the Minnesota Vikings have made up their mind about their starting quarterback.

The move isn’t completely surprising. Both quarterbacks have played pretty well during the preseason, with Cassel completing 26 of 39 attempts for 367 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and Bridgewater completing 26 of 40 passes for 266 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Cassel’s nine years of NFL experience may have given him the edge over Bridgewater, a rookie.

In comments posted by the St. Cloud Times, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson gave the edge to Cassel after Saturday’s 30-12 preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs:

“Right now, I feel like, just my personal opinion, I feel like Matt has the edge,” Peterson said Sunday. …

“Going off of understanding the offense and who’s running the offense better right now, you know, nothing to do with talent-wise, so that’s why Matt (has the edge),” Peterson said.

“He’s been here. He’s a veteran guy. This is Teddy’s first year, so I feel like we are in a good position to even be having that conversation (about quarterback competition).”

Peterson has been impressed with both Cassel and Bridgewater in the preseason. The quarterback situation is looking much better than last year, when the Vikings had numerous struggles as Cassel, Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman all got starts.

“I feel pretty good about it,” Peterson said. “Matt Cassel, he has stepped his game up tremendously and Teddy Bridgewater, I knew coming in what he had to offer. I watched him in college (at Louisville) and saw what he was able to do. They’ve both been doing a great job so far.”

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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