» The Around The League staff is split on whether Teddy Bridgewater will start in Week 1. I expect Matt Cassel to win the job, although Bridgewater will get first-team reps right away in offseason OTAs. Cassel is more of a legitimate NFL starter than guys like Brian Hoyer or Ryan Fitzpatrick. Bridgewater could benefit from time on the sidelines, and my guess is the Vikings will want to see if they can survive with Cassel for a while.
» The toughest position to decide here was whether to list a No. 3 cornerback or a third linebacker as a starter. The Vikings lack promising options at both positions. Josh Robinson got the nod as the team's third cornerback over free-agent pickup Derek Cox. Munnerlyn and Rhodes should start, with Munnerlyn moving inside in the team's nickel situation.
» Minnesota's defensive line has a shot to be among the league's best. Everson Griffen and Brian Robison comprise a solid pass rushing duo in their respective primes. Sharrif Floyd will be a starter for the first time, and Linval Joseph was a solid free-agent acquisition. Zimmer has always done a nice job carving out roles for linemen that play to their strengths.