Vikings QB Matt Cassel’s Season Over With Broken Foot
The Teddy Bridgewater era got a head start on Sunday and will officially begin when the rookie passer makes his first start in week four. Former starter Matt Cassel sustained multiple fractures in his foot last week, and will miss the remainder of the regular season as he recovers.
Cassel’s injury has him going to season-ending injured reserve, which paves the way for Bridgewater’s Vikings career to start earlier than planned.
Cassel began the year as the team’s locked in starter and even played well in week one. However, Minnesota may have potentially been considering a switch even if it hadn’t been for Cassel’s injury, as the veteran passer wasn’t playing particularly well the past two weeks.
With four interceptions against the New England Patriots in week two and a sluggish start on the road against the New Orleans Saints in week three, Cassel was beginning to lose his grip on the starting gig.
Regardless of whether or not Cassel was in line for a demotion prior to the injury, the Vikings are in this spot now and can fully look to the future with Bridgewater under center.
It’s another punch to the belly for the Vikes, who have already suffered through the loss of star running back Adrian Peterson the past two weeks due to a child abuse case.
Bridgewater could be the exact breath of fresh air this offense needs, though, as the rookie signal caller showed promise, as he escaped the pass rush with his legs, extended plays and arguably looked better than Cassel had been looking over the past two weeks.
Finishing 12-of-20 for 150 yards and no turnovers, Bridgewater was able to build some positive momentum as he prepares for his first NFL start in week four, when the Vikes take on the Atlanta Falcons.
The good news is that the Falcons gave up 34 points in week one and also didn’t look great in a 24-10 road loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in week two. The bad news is Atlanta looked amazing in week three, when they crushed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the score of 56-14.
Which version of the Falcons shows up will be key, but the most important factor will be if Bridgewater can simply take what the defense gives him and play within himself. If he can do that, he’ll already arguably be serving as an upgrade over the injured Cassel.
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