Vikings QB Matt Cassel was sharp with the first-team offense, leading the Vikings to their lone TD of the night and improving his case for the starting job at the start of the season.
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Oakland Raiders 10-6 in preseason action on Friday night. Both teams are in the middle of critical QB competitions, but only the Vikings seemed to come closer to finding their answer.
With QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder nipping at his heels, Matt Cassel led the Vikings on their lone TD drive, culminating in a TD run by Matt Asiata in the team’s first drive. Cassel went 5 of 6 for 62 yards and a passer rating of 109.7. He was the only QB in the game with a completion percentage above 63%.
Bridgewater and Ponder both struggled to manage the Vikings offense, going a combined 9 of 20 while being sacked 5 times.
On the Raiders’ side, QB Matt Schaub only threw seven passes but had just 3 completions. Rookie Derek Carr had the game’s only interception, and second-year backup Matt McGloin ran in for the Raider’s only TD, but failed on a two-point conversion attempt.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson did not play in the game and is expected to sit out most, if not all, of the preseason to rest.