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Vikings to Play No Starters in Pre-Season Finale

Just when you thought that the final pre-season game of the year couldn't get a whole lot less exciting, the announcement was made today that the Vikings won't be playing any of their starters in Thursday night's game against Dallas.

The entire first-string offense and first-string defense will take a seat in 48 hours, as will backup quarterback Gus Frerotte.  Brad Childress is basically saying "We're ready for September 8th."  I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  On one hand, I love the confidence that Childress is showing in his team, basically giving the first-string a full 15 days to rest up prior to the Vikings' opening night victory at Lambeau Field.  On the other hand, you have to wonder if he might not be overconfident right now.  Usually the starters get a little bit of work in the pre-season finale, but not this season.

As far as the quarterback duties on Thursday, Brooks Bollinger and John David Booty will each get one half as a final audition to run the offense and lock up a spot on the Vikings' final roster.

So, it appears that the main intrigue for this Thursday's game will be the battles for the various roster spots.  We'll take a look at a few of the spots that will be up for grabs tomorrow.  We hope to see you back here then!  Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday in the meantime.