Bridgewater shines but Cassel still leads the Vikings' QB competition

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Teddy Bridgewater impressed late on to inspire the Minnesota Vikings to victory against the Arizona Cardinals but Matt Cassel still has the starting job.

The Vikings have healthy competition at quarterback between Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater, and both made strong cases for the starting job on Saturday night as the Vikings won their second consecutive preseason game.

Bridgewater inspired Minnesota late on as he led the team on an 83-yard game-winning drive with just 67 seconds remaining to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 30-28.

The Vikings first round draft pick put last week's disappointing debut behind him as he looked composed throughout the second-half against Arizona.

He led the team to glory, completing an eye-catching 16 passes from 20 attempts for 177 yards and two touchdowns - ending the game with a passer rating of 136.9.

His magic performance was against a Cardinals defence full of fringe players, but Bridgewater showed so much promise in his second appearance as a professional.

Matt Cassel still leads the quarterback competition however, after the experienced 32-year-old looked extremely comfortable in the pocket for the second week running.

Cassel is thriving under Norv Turner's offensive scheme and he led the team on three scoring drives in the first-half against Arizona's strong defence.

He completed 12 from 16 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown to register a passer rating of 125.3 as he played very well throughout the first-half.

Cassel kept the chains moving with his feet as well as his arm as he rushed for 30 yards from three carries in another solid showing, and he looks more than likely to earn the starting job come the start of the regular season next month.

Bridgewater is not far behind, and if he can continue to improve through preseason he will be right behind Cassel, waiting for the opportunity to shine in his first NFL season.