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    Preseason Week 1: Minnesota Vikings vs. Oakland Raiders 8/8/14 8 PM ET


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    Location:TCF Bank Stadium
    Friday, August 8th at 8:00 PM ET


    Players To Watch


    Quarterback

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    Matt Cassel, QB #16 - 1807 Yards / 11 TDS 9 INTS / 60.2 CMP% / 81.6 QB Rating
    Matt Schaub, QB #8 - 2310 Yards / 10 TDS 14 INTS / 61.2 CMP% / 73.0 QB Rating

    Running Back

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    Adrian Peterson, RB #28 - 1266 Yards / 279 Carries/ 4.5 YPC / 10 TDS
    Maurice Jones-Drew, RB #32 - 803 Yards / 234 Carries/ 3.4 YPC/ 5 TDS

    Wide Receiver

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    Greg Jennings, WR #15 - 68 Catches / 804 Yards / 4 TDS
    Rod Streater, WR #80 - 60 Catches / 888 Yards / 4 TDS


    Tight End

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    Kyle Rudolph, TE #82 - 30 Catches / 313 Yards / 3 TDS
    Mychal Rivera, TE #81 - 38 Catches / 407 Yards / 4 TDS


    Kicker

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    Blair Walsh, K #3 - 26 FGM / 30 FGA / 41 XPM / 42 XPA
    Sebastian Janikowski, K #11 - 21 FGM / 30 FGA / 37 XPM / 37 XPA


    Tackles Leader

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    Chad Greenway, LB #52 - 134
    Nick Roach, LB #53 - 112


    Sacks Leader

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    Brian Robison, DE #96 - 9.0
    Nick Roach, LB #53 - 5.5


    Interceptions Leader

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    Chad Greenway, LB #52 - 3
    Charles Woodson, S #24 - 1


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    Vikings preparing for first preseason game
    August, 2, 2014
    2:00 PM ET
    By Ben Goessling | ESPN.com

    MANKATO, Minn. -- Six days from now, the Minnesota Vikings will line up for their first preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, with a new coach, major scheme changes on both sides of the ball and possibly as many as seven new starters on defense. To call it anything more significant than a checkup on the Vikings' progress would be silly, and coach Mike Zimmer doesn't seem to be treating it as anything else.

    "I told our players a little bit last night, 'We've got a game in six days now, but to me, this is about us, and us getting better,'" Zimmer said. "I don't want to go out and trick the Raiders. I want to go out and play solid, fundamental football. I'm sure we could run some blitzes they're not ready for, but that's really not what I want to do. I want to find out if we can cover, if we can line up and play the run, if we can block people in the running game and if we can get open on offense and throw the ball in the right places."

    To this point in training camp, the Vikings have made progress in Zimmer's eyes, though it's been uneven in some areas. The Vikings' run-blocking has been solid, he said, but the team's pass protection needs work. The defense needs to be more precise in its alignments, but its blitz package has exceeded Zimmer's expectations. It would be presumptuous to think the Vikings would be close to a finished product at this point, though, and four preseason games will provide them opportunities to get closer to that point.

    Zimmer wouldn't say how much he will play his starters on Aug. 8 at TCF Bank Stadium, but hinted the Vikings' top units would get more than a series. "It's not going to be, one-two-three and out," he said. And though his assistant coaches have started some preparation work for the Raiders, Zimmer will use his time to drill his own set of new responsibilities.

    Friday's game will be his first at the helm of a NFL team, and Zimmer started working on Saturday through a set of game situations that general manager Rick Spielman put together for him to study. "Rick put together a tape; we sit down and talk about game-like situations, challenges, when to use timeouts, go for field goals, things like that," Zimmer said. "We've got four more days to go. We hit probably 15 scenarios today. We sit down for an hour each day." Then, he joked, "Rick's never wrong."

    Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will handle the offensive play-calling, and Zimmer will use the preseason to determine whether he will call defensive plays or delegate the task to defensive coordinator George Edwards. Zimmer, of course, will have veto power on offensive play calls, and he's also working to make sure he can give Turner sound feedback there.

    "Honestly, I trust Norv's judgment," Zimmer said. "I'll come in and talk to him about, 'How are we going to get this guy blocked this week? What do you think the best runs are?' We talked about a couple things last night. But the biggest input for me will be, 'Alright, it's this situation, Norv; we need to run the ball here. We've been running it down their throats. Let's not throw it three times. Let's get another run in there, give the ball to Adrian [Peterson] or whatever it is. Or things that I see on tape; they're having a hard time [with] no-backfield formations, or things like that."

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    I will be there! I am interested in both teams 2nd team offenses (Bridgewater v. Derek Carr). I also am interested in seeing both Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr his the gridiron for the first times. It should actually be a fun preseason game to watch since both teams are in similar situations.

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    as always, nicely done on the game thread. good to have them back!

    for those of us who dont live in the minneapolis area, nfl network will be re playing this game friday night at midnight (eastern time)

    also, it looks weird seeing vikings painted on an outdoor field

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    Pumped!!!!!


    70 TACKLES/4 SACKS/1 FF/3 FR/1TD
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    I'll be working ;(

    Going to have to DVR this.
    Bridgewater Draft and Highlights Video

    Adobt-A-Viking: Josh Robinson
    18 Tackles, 2 INTs, 45.7 Passer Rating

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    Quote Originally Posted by TearsOfPurple View Post
    I'll be working ;(

    Going to have to DVR this.
    Me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goingfor28 View Post
    for those of us who dont live in the minneapolis area, nfl network will be re playing this game friday night at midnight (eastern time)
    Oh really? Pretty cool, I'll record it and watch it later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordJohn View Post
    Oh really? Pretty cool, I'll record it and watch it later.
    Yup that's what I have to do. I'm off Saturday tho, and I work til 7 Friday so I'll stay up late and watch it

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    Quote Originally Posted by goingfor28 View Post
    Yup that's what I have to do. I'm off Saturday tho, and I work til 7 Friday so I'll stay up late and watch it
    I work 6 pm-10pm friday but im going to see can I go in at 1pm and leave at 6pm. My boss is a woman so i think i can charm her to do it


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    Rob Streater looks like Tech Nine the rapper. Lol


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    One more day until Vikings football!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Long Shot View Post
    One more day until Vikings football!
    Just came on to say this same thing can't wait til midnight tomorrow!

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    Teddy Bridgewater to play with Starters in preseason opener

    Teddy Bridgewater will make is NFL debut Friday night against the Raiders and it will be alongside the first team. Matt Cassel is slated to open the game under center but Head Coach Mike Zimmer and Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner plan to bring in the rookie early, according to1500 ESPNís Andrew Krammer:

    The Minnesota Vikings won't start with Teddy Bridgewater as their quarterback for Friday's preseason opener, but they'll pull Matt Cassel and leave the rest of the starters in at some point, per coach Mike Zimmer.
    Norv Turner emphasized on Tuesday his intent to see Bridgewater behind the starting offensive line as he continues to evaluate the rookie quarterback, this time from upstairs in the coach's box at TCF Bank Stadium.
    "When the lights come on, it's a different deal," Zimmer said. "It will be good for [Bridgewater] and how he reacts to seeing defenses that he hasn't seen very much of. How he has to readjust the blitz, how he has to get the ball out and make the right calls; how he plays under pressure. I anticipate he's going to play very well."
    Turner said early in training camp that the preseason games will weigh heavily on his decisions at all position battles so there will be plenty to watch for as the Vikings take to TCF Bank Stadium for the first time in 2014.

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    Wait Zimmerman is coaching from the box. That's really odd.

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