Bill Musgrave accepts your apology, but Matt Cassel isn't so sure.

I jest, but it seemed like they did pretty okay today.

Before I get too far, let me confess that I didn't see all of the game. I saw sizeable chunks of it but missed significant parts too. I like a lot of what I saw (e.g. hitting runners in stride, and moving up in the pocket while still looking downfield) and am hoping that Cassel will do a bit better in a couple of other areas (e.g. deep ball placement wasn't great early on - the throws were pretty good, but the decision on where to place the ball wasn't ideal in the first half, AND protect the ball in the pocket when you decide to bail). I also noticed a couple of plays in which Cassel seemed like he might have gotten away with a bad decision in the first half. That's okay. He needs to shake off some of the rust, and no one expected him to be perfect. I'll re-watch the game tomorrow and form more confident opinions then, but I had a favorable impression of the offense's performance overall.

Cassel and the offense got 395 yards today which is above the team's 3 game average of 334 yards. He was 16 for 25 for 248 yards. He averaged 9.9 yards. He had 2 TDs, 0 interceptions and a Passer Rating of 123.4. Perhaps most impressive of all is that he completed his final 11 passes of the game. Were the now 0-4 Steelers a worthy opponent against which to test Cassel? Well, coming into the game Pittsburgh was the 5th ranked defense in terms of Net Total Yards and had the #3 ranked passing defense. That's pretty good competition.

I confess that I'm not all that impressed or worried about passer rating stats as a general rule, but I find it interesting that in Cassel's first game with the Vikings, his stats were better than Ponder's best statistical game through 30 games.

Cassel (today):

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Passing Yards




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Ponder (GB Dec'12)







The game was close at the end. The nearly-automatic Walsh missing the 44 yard field goal on the prior series seemed like a mini-Andersen in the making, and I confess that I wondered if the Vikings defense would be able to hold. They did, and the Vikings won. Cassel and Musgrave should be feeling pretty good right now. Nice job, guys.

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