Minnesota Vikings Make Quarterback Change

The Minnesota Vikings have decided to make a change in Quarterback. Adam Schefter of

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) attempts to recover his fumble as Buffalo Bills' Bryan Scott (43) chases him during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bills' Jamie Blatnick recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) attempts to recover his fumble as Buffalo Bills’ Bryan Scott (43) chases him during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bills’ Jamie Blatnick recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

ESPN is reporting that Matt Cassel will start over Christian Ponder this Sunday as the Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers battle it out in London. Possible reasons for the change can be found in Ponders performance the past couple days along with the possible rib problems hindering him from practice.

We all remember Cassel, who was solid in the one season  as he took over for Tom Brady in New England. When Brady went down in Week 1 during  the 2008 season with a busted knee. Cassel’s threw for  3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions along with a 63.4 completion percentage that helped get him the starting job in Kansas City.

However, Cassel was never able to achieve the level of success he had in New England while under center for the Chiefs, putting up  sub par numbers and low a completion percentages except for one strong season in 2010.

Cassel, who came over to the Vikings this offseason, has been the backup to Ponder, who is going through his own struggles as a starter. Ponder, who is  currently in his third year with Minnesota, has completed just 59 percent of his passes through the  season, throwing just two touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s been a tad underwhelming the past  two seasons, with the Vikings relying on the running game of Adrian Peterson.  With Ponder is dealing with a rib injury, coach Leslie Frazier has said the injury is the only reason Ponder would not start over Cassel.

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