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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: a lot to like in a win, Cassel makes his move and much more

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated August 9th at 12:10pm 270591631

Every day On most days, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening that day.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

— There was a lot for Mike Zimmer to like in the preseason-opening win over the Raiders.

— QB Matt Cassel played like a veteran while QB Teddy Bridgewater looked like a rookie.

— Rookie OLB Anthony Barr made an impact with his first unofficial sack.

— Veteran S Kurt Coleman started and intercepted a pass in his Vikings debut.

— Rookie RB Jerick McKinnon impressed with a team-high 45 yards rushing.

— The Vikings and their fans enjoyed the team’s first scheduled game at TCF.

TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY

AROUND THE NFC NORTH

— Suspended Bears TE Martellus Bennett did not play in last night’s preseason game.

— Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is receptive to player safety concerns.

— Has Packers backup QB Matt Flynn’s arm gotten stronger?

TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE

After beating the Raiders last night, the Vikings have the day off. It was scheduled, so they would have gotten it regardless of the outcome. The team will resume camp in Mankato tomorrow.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Cassel completed five of his six attempts for 62 yards last night. Bridgewater and third-stringer Christian Ponder combined for just 88 yards in three-plus quarters of action. Overall, the Vikings had 109 passing yards after accounting for the yardage they lost on six Raiders sacks. Was it the best of nights for Bridgewater and Ponder? Of course not. But is it time to panic? Nah.

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