Reports around the league are indicating that Mass Cassel will be the starting quarterback for the Vikings when they travel to Baltimore this Sunday. Starter Christian Ponder is still dealing with concussion symptoms that he got from last week’s game against the Bears. Cassel has played in five games this year, starting in two of them. Last week, he came in relief for Ponder and led the Vikings to a victory over the Bears. Cassel is a seasoned veteran and the Ravens have had problems with backup quarterbacks this year.
Against the Browns, backup Jason Campbell threw three touchdowns and had a 116.6 passer rating, as he led Cleveland past the Ravens. A few weeks later, Bears’ backup quarterback Josh McCown had a 92.9 passer rating to go along with a touchdown pass to defeat the Ravens in overtime. The Ravens defense has yet to figure out a way to slow down these journeyman quarterbacks, which is surprising considering the success they’ve had against starters like Andy Dalton, Ben Roethlisberger, and even Aaron Rodgers. Cassel is a very capable quarterback, but there is a reason he isn’t a starting quarterback in the NFL these days. The Ravens should win this game against a weak Minnesota team, but the game could be a lot closer if the defense allows another backup quarterback to play well.