Oct 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) passes against the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Panthers win 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
One overlooked aspect of Sunday’s night’s debacle is that Andy Dalton had a good game. 230 yards, 2 TDs, 0 turnovers, 1 sack and a 86.4 rating in frigid windy temperatures in a hostile environment. While Dalton is clearly a better quarter back than Matt Cassel, the 2013 version of Cassel is not the 2013 version.
In his last 3 games as a starter, Cassel has 890 yards, 5 passing TDs, 1 running TD and just 1 INT. In 9 starts last year, Cassel had a total of 6 TDs, 12 INTs and 6 fumbles. It should be noted that Cassel is coming off possibly his best game as a pro (26/35, 382 yds, 2 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT and a 116.6 rating).
A banged-up Bengals secondary should be concerned that a stagnant Vikings passing attack has suddenly awoken. But, be that as it may, Dalton is still the better QB.