Matt Cassel To Start Week 4

Aug 25, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Vikings 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s official.  Matt Cassel has been named the Vikings starting quarterback for week 4 in London against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) takes a drink before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Cassel will get this opportunity because of an injury to Christian Ponder’s ribs that has kept him from being able to throw the football with as much power as usual.  Ponder spent Friday’s practice on the sidelines while Cassel got the reps with the first team.

The Vikings spread the news of their decision through this tweet earlier today:

It will be interesting to see how different the Vikings offense is with Cassel at the helm.  The team was already in the middle of a quarterback controversy prior to Ponder’s injury.  If Cassel plays well on Sunday, the questions surrounding Ponder’s future would be even more in doubt.

You can catch the game between the Vikings and the Steelers from London, England on CBS at noon Central Time on Sunday.

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