Monday September 15th, 2014

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he will continue to start Matt Cassel after the team opened the season 0-2, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

Cassel threw four interceptions during the Vikings' 30-7 loss against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Cassel completed 19 of 36 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown.

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Zimmer said he did not consider pulling Cassel for first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater, despite fans chanting the rookie's name during the game.

"I'm going to hold the quarterback position just like every position here to the same standard, and I also said I wasn't going to have a quick hook,'' Zimmer said. "Matt needs to play better. It's pretty obvious he needs to play better. We all need to play better. I need to coach better.''

Minnesota played without running back Adrian Peterson, who was deactivated after he was indicted on charges of child injury in Texas last week.

The Vikings play the New Orleans Saints in Week 3.

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