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Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings: Pre-Season Game 1 Open Thread

Jul 25, 2014; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) speaks with the media after training camp practice at Minnesota State University
Jul 25, 2014; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) speaks with the media after training camp practice at Minnesota State University
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Date: 9 August 2015
Location: Canton, OH
Time: 7:00 PM Central Stadium: Hall of Fame Stadium
TV: NBC Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 225 (MIN)
Sirius Ch 88 (National)
TV Announcers: Al Michaels
Cris Collinsworth
Know Thy Foe: Behind the Steel Curtain
Weather: 82 degrees, winds from the NW at 7 MPH, 0% chance of rain
Line: If you're betting on pre-season games, please click here.
Chris' Prediction: As long as nobody gets hurt, who cares?
Final Score:

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

Man, have I missed these threads with the little table at the top.

For the first time since the game that closed down the Metrodome in December, the Minnesota Vikings will be taking the field to play real, honest-to-goodness NFL football. Their opponents for this evening's contest will be the Oakland Raiders, and the venue will be TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. This will be the Vikings' first scheduled outdoor home game in the Twin Cities since December 20, 1981, when the Vikings lost 10-6 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the final game at Metropolitan Stadium.

So, what are we looking for this evening? Well, it's going to be fairly vanilla, but there are still some things to pay attention to.

1) No major injuries - This is, obviously, the big one. We don't need anyone that's going to play a vital role on this team getting injured. Mike Zimmer has said that the starters will play "until he's happy," but nobody knows how long that is.

2) The battle at quarterback - Matt Cassel is going to start this one, but Norv Turner has said that Teddy Bridgewater was going to get some first-team snaps as well. How long will both the potential starters at quarterback be on the field?

3) What will the new defense look like? - Over the past few years, the defense didn't show a whole lot in the pre-season. In most cases, they followed that up by not showing much in the regular season, either. With Mike Zimmer running things, you can bet that the defense is going to look much different, and we'll get our first glimpse at that this evening.

We're about an hour away from game time, ladies and gentlemen. We'll monitor the thread for comments to see if we need any sort of an overflow thread or anything like that. With this being a pre-season game and on a Friday night, I'm not sure if it will be necessary.

Oh, and. . .