Minnesota Vikings: 5 Bold Predictions for Week 6 Matchup with Carolina Panthers

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Minnesota Vikings: 5 Bold Predictions for Week 6 Matchup with Carolina Panthers
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The idiom for the week in Minnesota is simple: One man's trash is another man's treasure.

At least the Vikings front office hopes that's the case, as the big news during Minnesota's bye week was the Sunday night signing of quarterback Josh Freeman, who was waived last week by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Freeman joins the Vikings quarterback carousel that now has three players, Freeman, Matt Cassel, and Christian Ponder, who were all solid starters when last season began.

So what happens now?

The smart guess is that Cassel's excellent performance against the Steelers was enough to earn the start against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Mall of America Field. (FOX 1 p.m. ET)

According to the Associated Press, the Vikings announced on Tuesday that Freeman will not start on Sunday. 

That same report has Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier saying that Ponder will remain the starter as long as his injured rib allows him to play. Everyone who pays attention the Vikings knows that that is just Frazier's way of not completely pulling the plug on the Ponder era.

What happens after Sunday's game at the quarterback position in Minnesota is anybody's guess. One would imagine that Cassel is given the ball as long as he performs like he did against the Steelers.

With both Cassel and Ponder willing and able to go, the Vikings have the luxury of getting Freeman up to speed on the offense and getting him acclimated to his new team without having to start under the gun.

Seriously, what other league other than the NFL could you muster up such drama during the bye week of a 1-3 team?

We look ahead to Sunday's matchup with Carolina Panthers and make some predictions on what might go down in a game pitting two 1-3 teams against each other.


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