By a vote of fans on the NFL's official website, Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel was named the Fed Ex Air Player of the Week after completing 26 of 35 passes for 382 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings put up 48 points against the Philadelphia Eagles – the most points scored by a Vikings team since 1998.
The Vikings have spent much of the 2013 season searching for their interim quarterback until they draft the one they believe is going to be a long-term solution. They have two first-round picks on the roster – Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman. Yet Cassel has been the best of the three in the only stat the counts – winning and losing. The Vikings are 3-2 in games that Cassel has been the primary quarterback. They are 1-7-1 in their other nine games.
Now the fans have registered their vote based off of last week's performance. It will be interesting to see if the decision-makers with the Vikings are listening.
What was expected to be Freeman's December audition for a potential long-term contract has turned into an audition to tear up the player-option deal Cassel has for 2014 and pay him some significant money to be the QB for the next couple of years – with enough up-front money to make it palatable, especially if the Vikings are looking at drafting a quarterback that would be better suited to playing late-season home games in the new Vikings stadium than two years outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium. Given Cassel's outdoor experience as a starter in Boston and Kansas City, he may be the option that is best for business – even if the Vikings take a QB in the first round of next year's draft.