If the Vikings have a genuine competition at quarterback, and not simply a rigged, confidence-building exercise for the preordained rookie, veteran Matt Cassel has claimed victory in the first live action against a defense that was allowed to actually touch the signal-caller.
The consensus is that Cassel outplayed Teddy Bridgewater, who was shaky and uneven in his first NFL game.
“I thought he did a great job,” coach Mike Zimmer told reporters after the game regarding Cassel. “He made a couple big throws I believe on third down. He played like a veteran, he had control in the huddle, the communication between Norv [Turner] and Scott [Turner] and him was very, very good. We will get Adrian back in there and I think that’ll help some.”
Cassel simply played like a veteran and probably gives the Vikings their best chance to win now. Bridgewater is the future, but it looks like he lost round 1 of the competition.