So I told the cop, "pack a lunch and get two of your friends, because it's going to take you all day and I'll still kick your ass."
So I've been thinking back on the previous two exhibition games, and those are probably reasons #1 and reasons #2 as to why we shouldn't get too excited or too depressed over the outcomes of said games.
We've seen good and bad so far, yet I think we should remember a couple of things: during the pre-season, there's a gameplan, but nothing to the level we see during the regular season. I've seen some good things from some areas of concern, and I still see some problems.
I think this team has improved, but let's not get carried away yet. Matt Kalil, for all his promise, is still just a rookie. But I feel the offensive line is much better than a year ago. Christian Ponder is only in his second year, and will probably make more than his fair share of mistakes. But he's also got the potential to be a long term solution to a position that has been, for the most part, a black hole for far too long.
Harrison Smith looks like a definite upgrade at safety, but the other position remains in doubt. The third running back position might be a tire fire, but let's face it, if the Vikings get down to the third running back having to start and/or play significantly, there are a lot more problems that will be facing the team.
At wide receiver, I like Jerome Simpson after Percy Harvin, but after that it's a total crapshoot. Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson will play big roles in the offense with the two tight sets, at least I think so. With Carlson's injury, he's behind. Let's hop he doesn't get injured again.
Overall, I've got a good feeling about this team. They looked like an improved team, they have a very manageable schedule early on, and although I'm not predicting playoffs, they'll be in the hunt.
The pre-season has been about what I expected, and I'm glad the real thing is almost here.