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Vikings At Bills: First Half Open Thread

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Date: 16 August 2013
Location: Buffalo, NY
Time: 6:00 PM Central Stadium: Ralph Wilson Stadium
TV: KARE-11 Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch. 226 (BUF feed)
Sirius Ch. 157
TV Announcers: Paul Allen
Pete Bercich
Know Thy Foe: Buffalo Rumblings
Line: No, seriously, why are you betting on NFL pre-season games?
Chris' Prediction: As long as there are no injuries, who cares?
Final Score:

Just like last year, here are the ground rules for the Game Threads:

-Thou shalt not promote illegal feeds of today's game, or I shall kick thy arse to the curb until the game is over. Thou hast been warned.

-Thou shalt make an attempt to keep the swearing to a minimum. Understandable that it will slip occasionally, but do try to limit it. (And, really, it's pre-season, folks.)

-Thou shalt not feed the trolls. Rather, thou shall simply point them out, and they shall be banished to the fires of Mordor. Or Wisconsin. Whichever we feel is more harsh at the time.

-Thou shalt not engage in racist, sexist, or other such insulting rhetoric. Somebody disagreeing with you does not make them racist or sexist. It means they disagree with you. Talk it out like adults.

-Thou shalt not bait the fans of other teams into trolling.

-Basically, thou shalt not be a jackwagon in the game thread.

We're going to do an Open Thread for each half in this one, much like we did for the pre-season opener last week. Unfortunately, since I'm going to be stuck working for a portion of this game and am unsure who from the rest of the crew will actually be watching the game live, I will pre-schedule the second half thread to pop up at approximately 7:30 PM Central time. I'll have to reserve my own judgments on the game for later on, after I get a chance to kick back and watch it. (Thank you, NFL Game Pass.)

So, what am I looking for this evening?

1) No serious injuries - The same thing we're looking for in every pre-season game, Pinky.

2) MOAR STARTERS - In last week's contest, the starters. . .particularly the offense. . .were out of the game before we could really get a good look at them. This week, the starters are scheduled to play a quarter, so hopefully we'll have a better opportunity to see how things are looking for the guys that will take the field in Detroit in a few weeks.

3) How is the secondary coming together? - This week will bring us the debut of rookie Xavier Rhodes, who missed last week's contest with an injury. It will be interesting to see how the secondary is gelling at this point and how Rhodes works with Chris Cook, Harrison Smith, Jamarca Sanford, and Josh Robinson. With Kevin Kolb getting the start at quarterback, the Vikings should be able to get some pressure. Can the secondary hang with the Buffalo receivers?

We're about an hour away from kickoff here, folks. . .remember, the second half thread will automatically pop up at about 7:30 PM Central time, so be on the lookout for it.