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Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn / USA TODAY Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata, left, runs for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders on Friday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Minnesota hangs on to beat Raiders


MINNEAPOLIS — The guy for the Vikings won the battle of castoff quarterbacks named Matt.

But more important, Matt Cassel took another step Friday night toward solidifying a spot as Minnesota’s 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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