Report: Matt Cassel will be Vikings starting QB vs. Ravens

Matt Cassel is expected to the Vikings starting quarterback against Baltimore. (USATSI)
Matt Cassel is expected to be the Vikings starting quarterback against Baltimore. (USATSI)

Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel will make his third start of the season when Minnesota plays in Baltimore on Sunday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Officially, coach Leslie Frazier said it's 'likely' that Cassel will start against the Ravens.

Cassel would start over Christian Ponder, who's still recovering from a concussion he suffered in the Vikings 23-20 win over the Bears

"There are some things that, at this stage, [Ponder] has to get done that he wasn't able to get done today," Frazier said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Ponder was injured in the second quarter of Minnesota's win over Chicago. After Ponder's injury, Cassel entered the game and threw for 243 yards and a touchdown as the Vikings came back from a 20-10 second half deficit to win in overtime.

Cassel's performance against the Bears is a big reason why he's starting over Josh Freeman.  

"What he did in the second half of that ballgame on Sunday, and also, seeing his comfort level with where we are, and having a comfort level with him, as well," Frazier said of starting Cassel over Freeman. "But his work on Sunday has a lot to do with it. He did an outstanding job in the second half of that ballgame against Chicago."

Cassel is 1-1 in two starts this season. In Week 4, Cassel threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns as the 0-3 Vikings topped the Steelers for their first win of the season. In Week 6, Cassel threw two interceptions in a 35-10 loss to Carolina. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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