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Vikings name Nick Mullens as starting QB vs. Bengals

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Minnesota Vikings have named their quarterback for Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The game will be played in Cincinnati, Ohio at 1 pm on the NFL Network.

The game will feature backup quarterbacks. Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell has named Nick Mullens the starter.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens attempts a pass during the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders
Nick Mullens attempts a pass during the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

Mullens, who was acquired by the Vikings in an August 2022 from the Las Vegas Raiders, will be receiving his first starting nod in two years. His last start came in December 2021 with the Cleveland Browns.

In the game against the Raiders two years ago, he went 20 of 30 for 147 yards in a 16-14 loss. He also had one touchdown pass.

The 28-year-old has only played in one game this season. And he has played in just five appearances over the past two seasons.

Mullens last played against the Raiders on Sunday, December 10th. He went 9 of 13 for 83 yards after replacing Josh Dobbs in the dreadful contest, which saw the Vikings escape with a 3-0 win.

The Vikings continue to shuffle their quarterback room after Kirk Cousins suffered a season-ending injury in October. Dobbs was acquired by the Vikings from the Arizona Cardinals on Halloween just days after Cousins’ injury.

Jaren Hall began the first game after Cousins went down. Hobbs was pressed into duty for several weeks.

Recently, Dobbs has struggled and caused O’Connell to figure it out with his other quarterbacks on the roster. Management has decided to go with their quarterbacks on the roster instead of signing someone else.

Mullens is 5-12 as an NFL starter. He won three games in 2018 and two additional games in 2020. All five wins came with the San Francisco 49ers.

Like the Vikings, the Bengals are on a backup quarterback. Star quarterback Joe Burrow has been lost for the season with an injury.

Jake Browning, who began the season as the backup to Burrow, has been thrust into duty. He was injured in their last contest with an injury that is being described as thumb cramping.

If Browning is unable to go, A.J. McCarron, who previously played for the team from 2014 through 2017, will get to see action in the league once again. He signed with the Bengals after Burrow was lost for the season.

McCarron starred in the XFL with the St. Louis BattleHawks earlier this year.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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