Cassel to make third preseason start for Vikings
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Monday, as expected, that quarterback Matt Cassel will make his third straight preseason start Saturday at Kansas City.
Although Zimmer has yet to name the starter for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener, Cassel will be under center barring injury when the Vikings travel toSt. Louis.
Cassel, who is competing with rookie Teddy Bridgewater, hit 12 of 16 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown and added 30 rushing yards in last Saturday's 30-28 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
"Matt is doing great," Zimmer said. "Honestly, he takes charge of the football team. I still like to have them compete and we still have to keep competing.
"I think Matt has a great command of the offense. He is getting better at it all the time, he is making the correct throws and you know what he is taking care of the football."
A week after completing 5 of 6 passes during a 10-play touchdown drive and then taking a seat, Cassel played the entire first half against the Cardinals.
Cassel will return to Kansas City, where he played for the Chiefs from 2009-12.
Zimmer said that Bridgewater could see some duty with the first-team offense against the Chiefs.
Bridgewater set franchise preseason passing records while leading the Vikings from behind twice in the fourth quarter against the Cardinals.
Bridgewater played the entire second half and bounced back nicely from a poor preseason opener and some rocky training camp practices. He completed 16 of 20 passes for 177 yards, no turnovers, a 136.9 passer rating and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 2-yard touch pass to Rodney Smith with 11 seconds left.