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Pre-Season Week 2 Open Thread: Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens

As it sits right now, we're about two hours away from kickoff of the Vikings' second pre-season football game, as they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens.

The starters are expected to play the entire first half this evening, and hopefully we'll see a continuing of the improvement of Tarvaris Jackson that he showed in last week's debut against Seattle. Adrian Peterson might even carry the football this evening for the Beloved Purple.

Looking at the other side, 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith draws the start for the Ravens tonight, and the Ravens will also be without Willis McGahee. I'm sure we'll see a lot of first-round pick Joe Flacco this evening, as well as an appearance by Kyle "If Throwing the Football From Your Knees Was a Real NFL Skill, I'd Be an MVP" Boller.

As has been pointed out in the FanPosts by Nefarien, the NFL Network re-broadcast of this game has been moved up to 9:30 PM Central time. It wasn't supposed to be done until tomorrow, but apparently the time has been changed. So, if you can pull yourself away from Michael Phelps' race for his 8th Olympic gold medal in Beijing. . .and I can't guarantee that I'm going to be able to. . .you can catch the Beloved Purple on the NFL Network.

Phelps is a native of Baltimore, by the way. . .so tonight's Vikings/Ravens game is only the second most important event taking place in Charm City tonight. The Ravens have even gotten the go-ahead to show Phelps' race on the big screens at M&T Bank Stadium after tonight's game, which would be sort of cool to see.

Kickoff in about two hours, folks. . .if anyone comes up with a solid online stream for the game, please feel free to post it in the comments section. Otherwise, we'll see you here for the game and/or the replay!