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Nick Mullens to start on Saturday against Cincinnati

As expected after Sunday’s game

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Las Vegas Raiders Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, the Minnesota Vikings are making a change at the quarterback position.

The team has just announced that Nick Mullens will start for the Vikings when they face the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday afternoon to start this week’s Saturday tripleheader.

Mullens came in to relieve the struggling Joshua Dobbs in the fourth quarter on Sunday and led what turned out to be the game-winning drive in the Vikings’ historic. . .yes, historic. . .3-0 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

This means that, for the first time in franchise history, the Vikings will have four different starting quarterbacks during the course of a season. Kirk Cousins started the first eight games of the year for the Vikings before tearing his Achilles in Green Bay. He gave way to Jaren Hall, who started against Atlanta but suffered a concussion in the first quarter that sent him to the sideline.

Hall was replaced in that game by Dobbs, who started the next four games for the Vikings, and Dobbs has now given way to Mullens.

The Vikings have had a few different seasons where they’ve started three different quarterbacks, but this is the first time they’ll turn to four different starters during a season.

Interestingly enough, Kevin O’Connell also said during his press conference that the team hasn’t decided who will serve as the backup to Mullens at this point. Both Dobbs and Hall will remain on the 53-man roster, but at this point they apparently haven’t decided who will serve as the backup and who will be inactive as the #3 “emergency” quarterback. In order to have an emergency quarterback, the team will have to keep all three of them on the active roster.

How long will Nick Mullens hold on to the job? Who knows. . .but he’ll be holding onto it when the Vikings take the field at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati at noon on Saturday.