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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel throws a pass Friday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. USA Today Sports

Cassel's grip on starting job tightens in Vikings' win; Thielen shines

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MINNEAPOLIS – Matt Cassel took another step Friday night toward solidifying a spot as the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback.

Although Cassel played just the opening series in a 10-6 win over Oakland in the preseason opener at TCF Bank Stadium, he was impressive. He went 5 of 6 for 62 yards and led the Vikings to a 1-yard touchdown run by Matt Asiata that gave them the lead for good.

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