• Backup QB Cassel comes to rescue Vikings again

    Summary of 5 articles · Updated Dec 2, 2013
    Cassel was asked if a game like this should make him the starting quarterback. Something about Cassel brings out the best in Jennings. The morning after the Vikings 23-20 overtime win over the Bears, we take a look at the snap distribution on offense and defense QB Matt Cassel – 61 snaps Vikings backup Matt Cassel, who relieved injured Christian Ponder in the final minute of the first half, completed six of 10 passes to four different receivers for 82 yards and four first downs en route to a game-tying 30-yard field goal by Blair Walsh with 20 seconds left. For the fifth time this season, a lead was blown in the final minute of a Vikings game. Only this time unlike Week 2 at Chicago or the ensuing pratfalls against Cleveland, Dallas and Green Bay it was a Vikings quarterback making key plays under pressure against a reeling Bears defense that couldn’t make a stop on the road. “I am a firm believer in practice preparation becomes game reality, and by that I mean that you have to put in the work during the week and when your number is called you should be prepared.”
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