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Bills Set to Acquire QB Matt Cassel from Vikings

iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills have a trade in place to acquire quarterback Matt Cassel from the Minnesota Vikings for an undisclosed draft pick. The deal can’t be completed until the new league year begins on Tuesday at 4 p.m. E.T.

The 32-year-old Cassel is expected to battle E.J. Manuel for the Bills' starting quarterback job in 2015. Last year, Manuel was benched after four games in favor of Kyle Orton, who retired after the season.

In three games with the Vikings last season, Cassel passed for 425 yards with three touchdowns, four interceptions and a 57.7 passing percentage.

New England originally selected Cassel out of USC in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL draft. In 10 seasons with the Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Vikings, he has complied 15,727 passing yards with 96 touchdowns and 79 interceptions.

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Vikings Name Matt Cassel Starting QB

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Matt Cassel was named the Vikings starting quarterback on Monday, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer announced.

Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner have been impressed with Cassel during the preseason.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson explained why Cassel has the edge. He told the Pioneer Press on Sunday that the decision was based on "understanding the offense and who's running the offense better right now, you know, nothing to do with talent-wise, so that's why."

Cassel was the favorite to win the job over rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and averaged 9.4 yards-per-attempt and completed 66.7 percent in three preseason games.

The Vikings will take on the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 7.

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Christian Ponder's Option not Picked Up By Vikings

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up quarterback Christian Ponder's fifth-year option before Saturday's midnight deadline, meaning the former first-round pick will become a free agent after this season.

Ponder would have made over $9.6 million in 2015 if the option was picked up.

The 26-year-old Ponder seems to be behind Matt Cassel on this season's depth chart and there has been speculation that the Vikings could take a quarterback in the upcoming draft.

Ponder has played all three of his NFL seasons with the Vikings. During that time he has a 14-20-1 record, completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 6,436 yards, 38 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

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Minnesota Stuns Chicago in Overtime Win

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) -- Blair Walsh made a 34-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining in overtime to give the Vikings a 23-20 win over division rival Chicago on Sunday. The win puts Minnesota at 3-8-1 while dropping the Bears to 6-6 and a full game outside of first place in the NFC North.

A back-and-forth contest saw Minnesota lead 7-6 at halftime. That advantage would not hold up as the Bears got two touchdown receptions from Alshon Jeffery in the third quarter to go ahead 20-10. Jeffery finished the day with 249 receiving yards on 12 catches and two touchdowns. Backup quarterback Josh McCown, who started for an injured Jay Cutler, totaled 355 passing yards to go along with the two scores.

The Vikings would storm back in the fourth, reeling off 10 straight points to force overtime. Matt Cassel, another quarterback playing in place of an injured starter, threw for 243 yards and an interception but did find Greg Jennings for a fourth quarter touchdown to help in the comeback. 

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson again carried the load, rushing for 211 yards on 35 carries. The fifth 200-yard game of Peterson's career helped him eclipse the 10,000 career yard plateau. Last year's MVP becomes the third faster player to reach that mark behind only Eric Dickerson and Jim Brown.

Walsh had connected on a 39-yard attempt earlier in the extra period, but that was waved off after a penalty and the ensuing 57-yard try went wide. The Bears then had a chance to win the contest but Robbie Gould missed a 47-yarder that left the door open for the Vikings.

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Christian Ponder To Start Sunday For Vikings 

Tom Dahlin/ Getty Images(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) --  The Minnesota Vikings will start Christian Ponder at quarterback for Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers, the team announced Friday.

Josh Freeman started last week's game against the New York Giants, but he suffered a concussion in the loss and is forced to sit out this week.

"I think it's true to say that I was frustrated and down, but I didn't let that affect me," Ponder said. "I know this is an opportunity to step back and improve on some things and I did. It's got to translate out to the field, though. I'm excited."

The Vikings drafted Ponder in the first round of the 2011 draft.  He took over as the starting quarterback seven games into his rookie season and held the job until suffering a fractured rib on Sept 22. of this year against the Cleveland Browns.  He passed for 691 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions before the injury.

Matt Cassel will serve as Ponder's backup while Freeman recovers.

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Cassel to Start Sunday for Vikings

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(WATFORD, England) -- The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback Sunday against Pittsburgh in place of the injured Christian Ponder.

Ponder has a fractured rib which he suffered last Sunday in the second quarter of the Vikings loss to the Cleveland Browns.

"We just made a decision, what's best for me and my health and for this team," Ponder said. "It stinks, but it is what it is, and I'll be back in for Carolina (Week 6)."

The injury means the Vikings (0-3) will start the 31-year-old Cassel against the Steelers (0-3) in London.

Cassel signed a two-year, $7.4 million contract with Minnesota in the offseason. Before joining the Vikings, Cassel played his previous eight NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots.

Cassel was drafted by New England in 2005 and served as Tom Brady's backup until 2008, when Brady was injured in the first game of the season and lost for the year. Cassel took over the starting duties and led the Pats to an 11-5 record earning him a contract with the Chiefs. During his second season in Kansas City, Cassel led the Chiefs to the playoffs and made the Pro Bowl, but things went downhill for Cassel after that and he was eventually released this offseason.

"I've been through it a lot, but at the same time you get those butterflies and everything," Cassel said Friday. "I just found out this morning before practice. At the same time I've been preparing for this and I feel like I'm ready to go. I had a good week of practice and now it's about going out there and executing on Sunday."

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Chiefs Release Matt Cassel, Agrees to Contract With Vikings

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a move that was expected, the Kansas City Chiefs released quarterback Matt Cassel on Thursday.  Following the release, Cassel signed with the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Cassel was benched last season and lost his job to Brady Quinn.  During his four seasons with the Chiefs, Cassel passed for 9,549 yards, 59 touchdowns and 44 interceptions.

The Chiefs gave up their second-round pick, 34th overall, and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft to the San Francisco 49ers in order to acquire quarterback Alex Smith in a trade last month.

Sources told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter that the Chiefs were trying to deal Cassel to another team before releasing him. If a team is interested, Cassel has two years remaining on a $63 million, six-year deal that he signed during 2009. 

The move cleared about $6 million in cap space for Kansas City.

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NFL Preview: Bengals At Chiefs

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cincinnati Bengals (4-5) will travel to Arrow Head Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs (1-8) on Sunday.

The Chiefs have been in close games all season long but have failed to make the big play to win the game; the Bengals are looking to stay alive in the AFC playoff hunt.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis isn’t looking past the Chiefs this weekend.

"This is a team that has obviously won one football game but they're really playing a lot better football then that," said Lewis.  "We have to understand that and really just take care of us."

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton doesn’t think his team is out of the hunt just yet in the AFC North.

"There is still seven games left, a lot of season left," said Dalton.  "We've got to bring our best effort."

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was asked about only having one win, despite being in most of their games late.

"We work hard each and every week, to not go out and get those wins is frustrating," said Cassel.  "We've got to find a way to get those wins and turn this thing around."

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Steelers Survive Chiefs in OT, 16-13, Lose Roethlisberger

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) survived the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night in overtime, 16-13, but lost their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the second half.

Roethlisberger suffered a right shoulder sprain after Chiefs linebacker James Houston sacked him during the Steelers' first possession of the second half, according to sources who spoke with ESPN late Monday night.

Byron Leftwich came into the game after Roethlisberger left to receive tests at a local hospital, completing 7 of 14 passes for 73 yards in the victory.  The Chiefs forced overtime on a last-second field goal, but Matt Cassel turned the ball over on their first possession in overtime on a Lawrence Timmons interception.

Shaun Suisham nailed a 23-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh the 16-13 win 55 seconds into overtime.

With the loss, the Chiefs drop to 1-8 in the AFC West.

The Steelers will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

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Quinn In, Cassel Out As Starting QB For Kansas City Chiefs

J. Meric/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Chiefs named Brady Quinn their new starting quarterback on Monday, replacing Matt Cassel.  

The Chiefs won the AFC West division two years ago with Cassel under center, but are off to a 1-5 start this season.

Cassel suffered a concussion against Baltimore back in Week 5, giving way to Quinn, who started for the first time since 2009 against Tampa Bay.  The 27-year-old Quinn finished the game 22-38 for 180 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as the Buccaneers rolled, 38-10.

On the season, the 30-year-old Cassel is 103-176 for 1,150 yards along with five touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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