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With Vikings reeling, Frazier says he believes team has right players on roster to improve

  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel gets helped up after being knocked to the turf by the Carolina Panthers late the second half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. The Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel gets helped up after being knocked to the turf by the Carolina Panthers late the second half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. The Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford sits on the bench in the closing minutes of a 35-10 loss to the Panthers in an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford sits on the bench in the closing minutes of a 35-10 loss to the Panthers in an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, center, along with center John Sullivan (65) and running back Adrian Peterson (28) watch from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, center, along with center John Sullivan (65) and running back Adrian Peterson (28) watch from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

The Minnesota Vikings are a mess.

They've allowed 31.6 points per game, third most in the league. The offense has plenty of problems, too, as evidenced by the two interceptions and four punts on nine possessions in a lopsided loss to Carolina.

Still, coach Leslie Frazier says he believes the Vikings have the right players on the roster to improve, and he's certain that will happen. The Vikings (1-4) play the winless New York Giants (0-6) this week.

The starting quarterback for that game is in question, after Matt Cassel was picked off twice by the Panthers. Josh Freeman could take over. Frazier says he'd like to make a decision in the next few days.

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