NFL Preseason Preview - Minnesota (3-0) at Tennessee (2-1)
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings will try to complete a perfect preseason under first-year head coach Mike Zimmer when they visit Music City to take on the Tennessee Titans.
The Vikings kept their unbeaten record alive last week with a convincing 30-12 road victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. They are one of four undefeated teams entering the final week of the preseason.
In the win, quarterback Matt Cassel passed for 152 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown to Cordarrelle Patterson. Rookie backup Teddy Bridgewater added a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Allen Reisner. Meanwhile, the Vikings defense intercepted the Chiefs three times.
Zimmer then told his team Monday that the veteran Cassel will be their starting quarterback when they take the field for the season opener on Sept. 7 at St. Louis.
"We will hold the quarterback position to the expectation that we hold all positions. If you perform, you'll play," said Zimmer.
Cassel, who began the 2013 season behind Christian Ponder with the Vikings, completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 1,807 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions in nine games (six starts) last season. The USC product completed 26-of-39 passes for 367 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and a 103.3 rating in the preseason.
Bridgewater, the No. 32 overall pick from Louisville, connected on 26-of-40 passes for 266 yards with four touchdowns during the preseason.
"I told Teddy that it was not anything he did or didn't do," said Zimmer.
The Titans were on the road last week for the second consecutive preseason game and, after falling behind by two touchdowns, they scored 21 unanswered points to defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 24-17, at the Georgia Dome.
Bishop Sankey's three-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion provided the winning margin with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Titans quarterback Jake Locker played with the rest of the starters into the second half. The fourth-year signal caller was 12-of-17 for 188 yards, a touchdown and a passer rating of 126.6. His 63-yard touchdown pass to receiver Nate Washington sparked the team's comeback.
The Vikings and Titans have played six times during the preseason with Minnesota holding a 5-1 series lead.
08/27 11:19:19 ET